Everyone loves chocolate. It’s a fact of life that every situation can be improved with chocolate. Dark, milk, white, flavoured, everyone has a favourite. It’s a very sad fact of life that chocolate, even dark chocolate, is not the most nutritious snack in the world.
Sadly, not even this little beauty.
So what do you do when the 3pm sugar craving rolls around? Or you’re having a movie night, cravingsome of the sweet stuff?
I present to you: Chocolate Date Balls.
Sugar-free and low-carb, these little beauties kick that sugar craving right out of the park! And you can thank Not Quite Nigella for the inspiration. My version is based on her Raw Vegan Chocolate Date Balls, however mine definitely aren’t vegan.
To make a batch you’ll need:
1 large, ripe banana
1/2 cup of sultanas, soaked in water for 8 minute to re hydrate
1 cup of desiccated coconut
3 tablespoons of raw coacao power or coco
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
2/3 cup of quick cook oats
3 teaspoons of honey
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
Line a baking tray small enough to fit in the fridge with grease proof paper, then combine all ingredients, reserving half the coconut, in the bowl of a food processor.
Blitz until very, very thoroughly combined. Just when you think you’ve hit that spot, give it another 30 seconds or so, just to be safe. Taste to see if the mixture is sweet enough for your liking, and add an extra dollop of honey if necessary.
Spoon teaspoons of the mixture out and drop into the remaining 1/2 cup of coconut. I find it’s easiest to roll the mixture in coconut first then shape into little balls.
Chocolate date balls will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for about 2 weeks, but I challenge you to get them to last that long! Perfect for when you need a cakey, fudgey, energy boost!