Sweet Endings…with Chocolate Balls!

YUM!

Healthy & Raw Chocolate Balls

Every night after dinner is cleaned up, the kids are in bed, and MoonDog and I are just broccoli laying on the couch, we maybe will have some tea and something sweet.  It is a nice end to the day…and usually long night!

But we are trying to be healthier! I am pretty good about whipping up a healthy treat that always fits the bill, but I was in a rut with my bananas cut up with chocolate chips and drizzled nut butter.  One can only eat so many bananas.

Enter Pinterest.  I love you. I hate you too, but last night, and today, I love you again! Here’s the latest greatest from my pinning, recreated of course, as I never have ALL the exact ingredients at 9 at night!  This one is from HappyWifeStyle.com but I have made some from Chocolate Covered Katie too.  I especially liked the proportions of this one, as it makes a moist (hate the word, love the texture) dough.

Chocolate Balls

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Yield: 20

Serving Size: 1 ball

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup nuts (I used 1/4 cashew, 1/4 almond slivers)
  • 1/2 cup pitted unsweetened dates
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/8 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup real nut butter (almond, peanut, or sunflower- all good)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • real coconut shreds for rolling (optional)

Instructions

In your food processor (I have a combo processor and blender, that is the worst, and it still does this easily, in one bowl, you just can't add it all at once. If you have a better processor, just add it all in baby leaving out the coconut shreds), pulse the nuts until coarsely chopped. Add in the date, and cocoa powder. Pulse until mixed. Add syrup, honey, vanilla, and salt...finally nut butter. It gets really thick and wet. That is how you want it. Take a spoon and roll a tablespoon sized amount in your hands until you have a ball. Roll in the coconut if you like and then freeze in a wax or parchment paper lined container. Freeze for a bit, then eat. Or just eat. Or freeze for tomorrow if you can keep them around. It shouldn't matter. My husband got two to start and went back for more within 5 minutes, so you may want to make a double batch! This one makes about 20 small balls.

Notes

These are raw, no cook, vegan deliciousness. This is instant gratification for the late night chocolate fix I need!

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