How To Make The Cacao Energy Bites From Grand Velas Riviera Maya

Your favorite superfoods collide in this amazing explosion of taste and creativity.

It's no secret by now that Grand Velas Riviera Maya in Mexico is as creative as it is secluded and luxurious. After all, it takes a truly bold and courageous resort to make something as eyebrow-raising and yet so refreshing as a wheatgrass margarita, but it takes an even bolder and more courageous guest to try something new. After all, it's like that old saying: "When in Rome, do as the Romans do. But when in Mexico, eat everything the best chefs tell you to." At least I think that's how it goes.

Two years ago, the SeSpa at Grand Velas Riviera Maya launched its Spa Atelier program—a year after the concept's debut at Grand Velas Los Cabos—featuring workshops "inspired by local Mexican culture and based upon the principles of ancient Ayurvedic medicine that center around self-discovery." And who among us wouldn't agree that we could all use a little self-discovery right now?

At the very least we could all use a little pick-me-up, and so we are happy and excited to share one of the recipes for Cacao Energy Bites, the very first workshop offered at Grand Velas Riviera Maya.

Grand Velas Riviera Maya’s Cacao Energy Bites


  • 1/3 cup powdered cocoa
  • 16 dried dates
  • 7 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Maca root powder
  • 1 tsp acai
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 4 cups cashews
  • For toppings: amaranth, chia, hemp seeds and grated coconut

How to Make It:

  1. Chop the dates in a food processor before adding the cocoa, Maca, honey, coconut oil, oats, acai and cashews.
  2. Pour the mixture into a bowl and mix until well combined.
  3. Roll into balls a little under an inch and finish with topping of choice.