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These chocolate balls are more than meets the eye. Within their rich, dense texture are the flavors that inspire love and sensuality. All it takes is a pop! These chocolate balls are just the right pick-me-up snack on–and leading up to–Valentine’s Day, because while they may boost energy and fill you up, they are also natural aphrodisiacs. Try these chocolate aphrodisiac balls out to bring increased libido to the bedroom.

The chili powder contains a concentrated form of the chemical capsaicin, which increases the heart rate and causes you to sweat as well as boosts the sensitivity of nerve endings. These reactions together reflect what the body experiences during sex. Capsaicin also fuels the release of endorphins, which are neurotransmitters that provide you with a natural high. Above all, capsaicin gives a fiery kick to your taste buds and body, enough to warm you up and get you in the mood!

Cocoa powder also contributes to the aphrodisiac power. of this treat. A UK study conducted by The Mind Lab found that consuming chocolate produces brain activity akin to, if not more intense than, that inspired by a passionate kiss. Chocolate contains a compound called phenylethylamine, which is a natural antidepressant. It’s also a rich source of anandamide, which has been dubbed the “bliss” molecule. Eating chocolate also produces serotonin, providing you with feelings of euphoria, pain relief, and high energy.

Walnuts have been considered to have aphrodisiac properties since Roman times. They contribute to improved blood circulation and are high in protein, potassium, zinc and iron. Arginine, an amino acid in walnuts, is absorbed by the body and transformed into nitric acid, which helps to dilate blood vessels and increase blood flow.

Whether you want to get more in the mood on Valentine’s Day or simply want a daily energy-boosting snack, these power balls are a great addition to your recipe archive. Make sure to keep the ingredients raw, as they are both more nutritional as well as more likely to influence your libido. 

Chocolate Aphrodisiac Balls

Ingredients

  • 8 dates, pitted
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1.5 tablespoons agave nectar, maple syrup or honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of celtic sea salt
  • Dash of chili powder

Directions

Put all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until evenly combined and crumby. Form into balls and serve.

Photo Credit: GlowKitchen