I made these the other night when we’d run out of dark chocolate which is my usual sweet treat. They are raw, vegan, refined sugar free, dairy free and gluten free…you can’t get better than that and still get your chocolate fix! I made these using orange and coconut but you can try anything you like such as coffee extract, peppermint oil, dried fruit, spices etc
makes about 15-20 balls.
300g pitted dates
40g raw cacao powder (or cocoa)
2 tbsp raw coconut oil
50g ground almonds
50g dessicated coconut
2 tsp vanilla extract
zest of 1 large orange
Soak the dates in hot water for 30 minutes to soften them slightly. Drain well.
Place everything in a food processor and blend until combined, scraping down the sides as needed.
Take large teaspoon sized amounts and roll into balls, it shold be sticky and pliable, if too wet add a bit more ground almonds to firm up.
Roll the balls in coconut or chooped nuts, or cacao powder. Store in the fridge.
These also make lovely gifts if put in little paper cases and arranged in a box with tissue paper.