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Fudgy Date-Cocoa Balls

 

I am not a huge fan of baking so I am always looking out for easy sweet treat recipes which I can make and put on my table during the holidays. And if it’s easy enough to involve kids, even better!

 

Recently, I’ve seen a lot of recipes for healthy no-bake nutrient-dense sugar-free Bliss Balls (also called Energy Balls) and I thought it was probably time for me to try my hand at them.

 

There are many recipes for Bliss Balls online, some of them better than others. A few things I have learned from making batches of Bliss Balls:

  • Soaking your dates not only makes them more fudgy but also mellows out their flavour so that other tastes can come through.
  • There must be at least one dry ingredient to balance out the sweetness of the dried fruit and to help bind it. I want my child to be able to take these to school as a snack, so I make them safe for the nut-free school environment by using unsalted sunflower seeds. However, if nut-free is not a requirement then you can use almonds or cashews instead.
  • Chilling the mixture in the refrigerator for between 2 hours and 2 days makes the mixture easier to handle and form into balls.
  • Once you have formed the balls, roll them in your coating of choice within 20 minutes for best sticking.
  • Make the balls bite-size so you can pop them in your mouth in one go.
  • Keep the balls refrigerated as they can become a little soft if kept at room temperature for too long.
  • If you want to use small cupcake cases, it is best to use them just prior to serving to avoid the cases becoming limp from the moisture of the Bliss Balls.

Aside from the health aspects of Bliss Balls, I especially love them because they are so easy to make with my child. We have already spent many fun and relaxing sessions rolling and decorating our festive Bliss Balls.

 

I really enjoyed making these Fudgy Date-Cocoa Balls, experimenting with them until I got the proportions just right for a chocolatey treat. I look forward to trying lots of combinations of ingredients in the future, so if you want to keep up-to-date with my recipes make sure you register for my emails (top right column) or follow me on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

 

Share your thoughts: Have you tried making Bliss Balls before? Any tips you would like to share?

 

 

Fudgy Date-Cocoa Balls

 

 

FUDGY DATE-COCOA BALLS

(makes about 20-24 bite sized balls)

 

Ingredients:

200g / 8oz dried dates (without pits)

150g / 5oz unsalted sunflower seeds or nuts (almonds or cashews)

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

(You will need a food processor for this recipe)

 

A variety of ingredients to roll the date balls in such as:

Dessicated coconut

Cocoa powder

Ground pistachios

Ground almonds

 

Small cupcake cases (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Weigh out 200g dried dates (without pits) and put them into a heat-proof bowl. If your dates have pits, it is very easy to remove them by slicing the date lengthwise along one side and pulling out the pit.
  2. Boil some water in a kettle and pour it over the dates in the bowl. Let the dates soak for 10 minutes and then drain the water away. Your dates are now ready to use.
  3. Weigh out 150g of unsalted sunflower seeds or nuts (almonds or cashews). Put them in your food processor and process them until they are finely ground.
  4. Add the dates, cocoa powder and vanilla extract to the food processor. Process for 1 minute until well blended.
  5. Taste and add more cocoa powder or vanilla extract. The consistency of the date mix should be so that it sticks together but it is not sticking to your hands.
  6. Chill the date mix in your refrigerator for a minimum of 2 hours or upto 2 days.
  7. Once chilled, take a small amount of the date mix and roll it in your palms into a bite-sized ball.
  8. When you have made all the balls, roll them in the different decorative coatings and arrange on a plate. I recommend rolling them within 20 minutes for the best stickiness.
  9. Serve immediately or refrigerate for upto 3 days.
  10. If desired, place the Fudgy Date-Cocoa Balls in small cupcake cases just prior to serving.

 

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