Delicious Almond and Date Balls – Gluten & dairy free

December 10 2012No Commented

Categorized Under: Health food nutrition, Healthy eating, Healthy gluten free recipes

This is one of my favourite healthy treats!  Thank you to Suzi who shared the recipe with us.   We have passed it onto many people and everyone (even those who do not like dates) loves these.  In fact, unless you tell people there are dates in this recipe, they probably would not guess at all.  Yum Yum.
Don’t eat too many at once!

You can add as much cocoa as you want, to make them as chocolatey as you like.  Choosing a high quality Kakao (cocoa) powder, will result in a better chocolatey taste.

Ingredients

2 cups roasted almonds
1 cup dates
1 Tbls cocoa (or more if you desire)
1 tsp vanilla extract

 Method

Grind the almonds until they are the consistency of bread crumbs.  Then add these ground almonds, the dates, cocoa, vanilla and a dash of water to your food processor. Blend together.

Depending on how big the bowl of your food processor is, you may need to make this in 2 batches.

Add more water if you need to to make a thick paste consistency. This is what it should look like when it is adequately ground/blended

Combine well till you can make balls

Roll into balls or a log and roll in coconut.  Other things to roll them in could be cocoa, seeds (chia, ground linseed etc) or chopped nuts or 70% chocolate. Mmmm!

Transfer into an airtight container and refrigerate.

The finished product! These are even yummier once they have been adequately refrigerated.  To prevent us from over eating them, not only did I give a lot of them away, I put a dozen into a zip lock bag and have frozen them.

The finished product!

These tasted amazing!  If you are a chocaholic, you will want to put a lot more cocoa/chocolate in than the 1 tablespoon.  I doubled the amount for this recipe and I still found it hard to identify a chocolate taste.  Next time I make them I will put 4 tablespoons of cocoa in and see how chocolatey this tastes.

Let us know how many tablespoons of cocoa you put in, to get a real chocolatey taste.

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