Of course, some of you are just getting to know me, and it looks like I only prefer vegan dishes. But I do swear, I will post some of my “sinful” stuff eventually. I’m having such fun with this clean eating, that recipes keep popping up in my head. Until then, this is such a great alternative to that chocolate craving that happens in the afternoon (at least for me, that is :)). I was given this treat by my neighbor, who is totally raw, about 4 years ago. I can say that for me, “Raw” would not work, but I know many people who live this way and are quite satisfied. I enjoy my warm chocolate chip cookies from the oven or a good steak on the grille. I don’t eat like that all day every day, but I can’t imagine life without it. I like good food-period!
Sometimes my diet looks more clean and raw, and other times not. Plus, the thought of having to buy a dehydrator was beyond daunting to me. Ugh- one more thing on my counter- not happening. If you want more info on “Raw”, I recommend Sarma’s Living Raw Food. She has fantastic smoothies- for real! Been to her NYC restaurant and everything. It was beyond FAB! Ok, so I can babble about eating and food forever.
SO, back to these balls…the original recipe came from Ani of Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen. Great book, also, if you want to see what it’s all about. I had one of these, and I loved it at first bite. I really was smitten, and it really took any hunger away, and most importantly that craving for a chocolate sweet! I tweaked the original recipe, of course, and added some coconut oil to help bind everything as well as give you a hint of the coconut. (of course, you can use the refined coconut and you will have less of a coconut taste). In addition to the original recipe, I actually omitted the buckwheat. They were such a pain to get to a crunchy texture, so they just got the boot! I opted, instead, to chop the almonds to where they still were left in crunchy bits. See the process here: (1st the almonds, then cacao powder, then coconut oil).
This is the texture you should be looking for. It makes it super easy to make into round balls.
You could also make a sheet of it and cut them into squares, if you prefer. Use these for a healthy snack option. Enjoy!
- 1 C. good quality almonds, dry
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- 1 tsp. Vanilla paste, if you can't find scrape out 2 vanilla beans
- 1/2c. cacao powder
- 1 1/2 cups pitted dates
- 2 TBS. coconut oil
- In a food processor, chop just short of fine, the almonds, making sure to have some small pieces.
- Add the cacao powder, salt, and vanilla paste. Blend for about 10 seconds.
- Add the coconut and blitz for about 2-3 pulses.
- Add the seedless dates, about 3-4 at a time until you get the consistency of a slightly sticky paste.
- Take out blade and form balls.
- Place the balls in a plastic container and put in the fridge.
- Take one out whenever you need a quick snack!
- If you want you can slightly wet your hands, while forming the balls.
- Also, I prefer mine chilled so I usually wait a couple hours before consuming one.