{ Raw Cocoa Date Balls }

date balls 2

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!

A while ago, during one of my usual rants, I was quick to point you in the direction on one of my favourite wholefood blogs: My New Roots. This blog has not only inspired me to take on new challenges within the kitchen but it has given me a deeper appreciation of raw and whole foods. Playing on the idea of raw goodness and my love of nuts, coconut, and seeds I experimented with the concept of using organic dates and raw cocoa to create some date balls. Which – if I say so myself – are DELICIOUS! I choose to use medjool dates, which you can now buy in any major supermarket or local grocer, because they are naturally sweet, versatile, and complex.

date bals

The concept here, once again, is to start with a basic recipe and add in whatever you feel like. Whatever your heart desires. I have shared these treats with many friends and family and they all love it! Not only are they super easy and quick to make, but they last forever, can be frozen, and are a great treat with tea or as a light snack to re-energize yourself during the day. They can also be used as a replacement in your diet if you’re finding it hard to ween off the sugary stuff!

Just a word of warning – if you know your food processor is weak (which mine is!), then make sure you cut up the dates or pre-blend them in the processor before you add them to the nuts.

{ Raw Cocoa Date Balls }

250g – 380g of medjool dates
1 – 2 Cups of mixed nuts (or whichever nuts you prefer)
3 – 5 Tbsp of organic raw cocoa
1 Tbsp of organic almond spread (or any other nut spread except for peanut)
1 tsp of water

{ My extra Ingredients } – usually 1Tbsp

chia seeds
organic honey
goji berries
sesame seeds
shaved coconut (+ extra for rolling)

date balls 3

{ Directions }
1. Place nuts in food processor and pulse 2-3 times until nuts are finely ground. Remove the seeds from the dates and set aside
2. Add the raw cacao and pulse to combine. Add in extra ingredients during this time and combine well.
3. Add the dates one at a time, making sure to blend well each time. Add almond spread and water and pulse to combine. What you should end up with is a mix that appears rather like slightly wet cake crumbs and can be rolled into balls.
4. Roll mixture into small or medium sized balls.
5. Pour the extra coconut a bowl and gently roll each ball through the coconut making sure to thoroughly coat each one.
6. Place in fridge until ready to serve or store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Thanks for reading this week folks. Enjoy your naturally sweet treat!

L&S

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