date chocolate balls
The festive season brings with it many treats.
Usually associated with over-indulgence and richness. But, not these special treats. A friend of mine, Caroline, brought these delectable treats over on New Year’s Eve. Now, when she told me she was bringing ‘Chocolate Date Balls’, I visualised the decadent, sugary variety. One bit of these proved my thinking to be correct. But, not accurate in the least.
Caroline’s son is a bit of a health foodie and a very talented ultra-runner. In his quest to enhance his performances, he constantly experiments with a variety of superfoods, recipes and natural, wholefood diets. Inspired by the antioxidants that cocoa provides (the good quality version), his girlfriend found this little treasure of a recipe.
Pure goodness in a natural state with minimal ingredients.
and rolling goodnesses of choice
Too easy and tastes almost too good to be truly good for you. And yet it is. Hard to believe, I know.
Something that needs to be tried for yourself to believe how good they really are.
date chocolate balls
Makes approx. 30 small balls
500g packed pitted dates, roughly chopped
3 tab good-quality cocoa powder
dash of water
handful chopped almonds (or nuts of choice)
extra cocoa for rolling
shredded/dessicated coconut (toasted if you prefer)
Add dates, almonds & cocoa to a bowl & toss through so cocoa is spread evenly. Add a dash of water. Using hands, mould and squash mixture to form a sticky, smooth paste. Add more water if necessary (be careful as too much will make the mixture too runny).
Have small, individual bowls of the extra cocoa, coconut or other rolling ingredients (eg. finely chopped nuts of choice)
Using a teaspoon, scoop up a small ball of mixture. Place in palm of hand, and use both hands to roll mixture into a smooth, ball shape.
Roll ball in topping of choice. Place in a sealed container lined with baking paper. Continue forming balls and rolling in mixture.
Seal container and store in fridge.
Be warned. They may not last too long, though.
Goodness shared from Donna