I LOVE these, I ALWAYS have a jar of them in my freezer. Most of the time my darling husband has eaten them all before i can get to them and my toddler is a total fan of them as well. I can't actually decide if I love them because they are so fast and easy to make, that they last so long or that they taste so satisfying. Those nights when the handful of almonds just doesn't cut it and you NEED chocolate. Go to your freezer and you don't need more than 2 of these to satisfy your craving without resorting to refined sugar.
The sweetness comes from dates which are great for you, they contain essential minerals like calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. They also contain thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K. These things are super to eat if you are pregnant too as you should eat 1 date per day when pregnant to help with fibre and also towards the end of the pregnancy it is suggested that dates help with labour. These little balls of love are bound together with coconut oil which is also super good for you, preventing alzheimers, being anti fungal and anti bacterial. There are a million reasons to treat yourself with these chocolate delights.
If you have a blender these will take 5 minutes to make, the lethargy is in the rolling, it takes me a while to roll them all and don't get lazy and start making super big ones, they taste so much better in little bite size pieces. I sometimes add some dedicated coconut to them whilst rolling them as well for a bit of interesting texture and colour flex. You can mix this recipe up and use an types of nuts, they work well with a mix too. Macadamia, cashew, pecan, walnut, they all work.
You will need:
- 2 cups (about, maybe more...) of raw uncooked almonds (or a mix of nuts, ALL raw)
- about 10 mejool dates - you add more depending on how sweet you like them
- 2 tablespoons of good quality coco powder
- teaspoon of vanilla extract
- about 1 big tablespoon of coconut oil
Blitz this all in the blender until it becomes combined and a good texture to roll into balls. Add more coconut oil or almonds to adjust mixture and more dates for sweetness. Sometimes I add a tablespoon of boiling water to help the mixing if it's getting stuck in the blender.
Roll into balls (this yields about 50) and freeze in a jar.