Date, Cacao, Walnut & Hazelnut Bliss Balls

date-cacao-bliss-ballsI’ve tested lots of “healthy” treats on my partner (who’s not a lover of all things wholesome) and they don’t always go down too well. These however are always a hit, in fact I frequently get asked to take some along to a BBQ or picnic as they make great, portable sweet treats.

Experiment with your favourite nuts, I’ve tried pecans, almonds, cashews and macadamias, however walnuts and hazelnuts are my personal favourites.

Note: I used to recommend removing the skins from the hazelnuts however according to research commissioned by the Hazelnut Council in the US, consuming hazelnuts with their skins in tact renders up to 10 times more antioxidants. The same is true of walnuts as well as most other tree nuts. Therefore, I strongly recommend you consume the nuts with their skins in tact.

Ingredients

  • 8 Medjool dates (or you can use any other large moist dates)
  • 75g /2.65 oz/ half a cup of walnuts*
  • 75g /2.65 oz/ half a cup of hazelnuts*
  • 20g/0.7 oz /quarter cup of good quality cacao powder
  • 1 generous tablespoon of coconut oil (runny)
  • 2-3 tablespoons desiccated coconut

Method

Remove the stones from the dates and add to the food processor along with your choice of nuts and the cacao powder. Blend for around 15 seconds, until the ingredients are mixed but the nuts are still nice and chunky then add the runny coconut oil and blend for another 15 seconds or so, ensuring the ingredients are mixed but there are still small coarse chucks of nuts.

Roll the mixture into between 10-12 balls and then finish by rolling the balls in desiccated coconut. Transfer to the fridge and allow to cool for at least 20 minutes before consuming.

* I choose raw or activated nuts. As noted above, the recipe is easily interchangeable with different nuts, particularly almonds and pecans. Recently I made a whole batch using raw almonds (no other nuts) and they were delicious so experiment with what you have on hand.

Makes 10-12 balls that will keep in the fridge for several weeks.

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