Please understand, these little goodies may look innocuous + sweet, but they are dangerous. Dangerously delicious, that is. I prepared these treats for the recent New Year + New You workshop I held in early January and last evening at the first ever DC New Moon Women's Circle...and they were a HIT. I'm still getting emails and insta asks for the recipe so I thought it was high time to post.
The great news about these little bites is they're healthy. They are actually really quite good for you. They even make a good snack or, sometimes in a pinch, a good breakfast. Filled with protein from the almond butter, omega 3s from the flax seeds and/or chia, iron and magnesium from the cacao, and the list goes on and on.
There are also many ways to create these using your own creative inspiration. Just make sure you have friends over when you make them...best to share!
(this recipe makes about 14-16 small chocolate balls)
- 12 dates, pitted. (I like to buy normal dates and quickly with a butterknife pit them myself. I find they're usually a bit more moist when you do it that way)
- 1/4 cup cacao powder or cocoa powder
- 1 TBSP of coconut oil
- 1/4 cup of almond butter (or peanut, or cashew, etc)
- 1 TBSP chia seeds
- 1 TBSP flax seeds
- 1 tsp of cinnamon
- pinch of cardamom (optional)
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 TBSP of maple syrup
- Pulse pitted dates in a food processor until they've formed a paste - about 20-30 seconds.
- Add all remaining ingredients and pulse well, taking care to split and mix the 'dough' if it's all clumped together into one big ball. Again about another 30 seconds or so of pulsing on and off.
- With a Tablespoon, scoop out small portions and roll between hands until a smooth ball is formed.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes + enjoy!
(Please note - these goodies can be kept in the fridge for about a week.)