Why Paleo? Why Now?

Why Paleo? Why Now?

Posted by PATRICIA Tsai on

The Paleolithic diet. The diet of the caveman. In a time when people formed small societies, gathered plants, fished, and hunted wild animals-- all for the means of survival. How can this mean anything to the modern human, sheltered behind a locked door and armed with Postmates and Amazon Prime NOW?

In this day and age, it is actually easy to see why this diet amassed such a following. Paleo is a direct response to all that is wrong with what we eat today. A genetically modified, sucrose-ladden, gluten infested, chemically fortified, smorgasbord drizzled with red 40, yellow 5, and blue 1-colored high fructose corn syrup. Sadly we have processed our foods into forms not readily recognizable by our bodies. The Paleo diet avoids processed foods, dairy products, grains, sugar, legumes, processed oils, salt, alcohol, and dare I say, coffee. What you are left with is vegetables, fruits, nuts, roots, and meat. The science behind the benefits of raising our standard of food back to that of the stone-age is as considerable as it is ironic. The mission of ChocoVivo is to avoid ‘processed’ and ‘processing’ wherever and whenever possible -- to bring the idea of chocolate back to the glorious, nutrient-dense superfood it was once considered in the time of Mayan and Aztec societies over two thousand years ago. And so the birth of ChocoVivo Paleo blends. 

Although all of ChocoVivo chocolate is stone ground with a tool similar to a mortar and pestle, we take care not to over-process or refine our sustainably-grown and minimally fermented chocolate. There issugar in some of our blends, but that consists only of unrefined cane sugar. 

Our ideas regarding how and what we should eat are as diverse as we are as a society, but when it comes to food, one idea seems to override all:  ‘simple is better.’

Recipe: Paleo Fat Balls

Made with nuts, cacao and pure maple syrup. Full of fat and protein, these bites are perfect for a paleo or low-carb diet.

Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
Recipe Yield     
16 Balls
Category: Snack
Cuisine: Paleo    
Keyword: Keto Balls


  • 1.5 cups raw nuts .See note*
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup of seed butter of choice. See note**
  • 1/4 cup ChocoVivo Cacao Nibs
  • 2 scoops protein of choice
  • 1/2 cup ChocoVivo Cacao Butter melted and cooled
  • 2 tablespoons ChocoVivo Cacao Powder 
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup see note***
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cold water
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt



    • Add the raw nuts to food processor and process until finely chopped.
    • Add the remaining ingredients to the food processor and process until a thick paste has formed. The dough should be sticky. 
    • Roll the fat ball mixture into 16 to 20 balls.
    • After forming into balls, roll the outside of the balls with leftover nuts, shredded coconut or cacao nibs.
    Store in a zip lock bag in the refrigerator or freezer.  Balls thaw quickly. 

      Recipe Notes:

      *Use 1 cup raw almonds and ½ cup macadamia nuts, but you can use any combination of your favorite nuts. 

       **Use sunflower seed butter. To keep these paleo, avoid using peanut butter

      ***Use 2 to 3 tablespoons zero-sugar sweetener such as Erythritolmonk fruit sweetener, or xylitol or a few drops of liquid Stevia to make these a completely sugar-free ball for a ketogenic diet. If you aren't on a ketogenic diet, you can increase the amount of pure maple syrup to up to 5 tablespoons for a sweeter ball.


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