This is the most fantastic go-to recipe for an all natural, raw, sweet power snack to answer all those snacking urges to self-sabotage that creep up on us in the middle of the afternoon. Simplicity itself, totally delicious and really good for you.
From a nutritional point of view, you can’t get much better than this in the sweet treat department. The raw cacao delivers all sorts of minerals and antioxidents and brazil nuts are a powerful source of magnesium, zinc and selenium, providing these key nutrients in a way that the body can naturally access, along with a hefty dose of protein which offsets the natural sugars in the dates. So here we go – the ultimate health-boosting, good mood treat to knock all your cravings into touch.
- 100g raw nuts – any nuts will do and I have used walnuts, almonds, pistachios and hazlenuts at times, and you can even have a mixture, but I particularly like Brazil nuts for this recipe
- 16 pitted medjool dates
- 50g dessicated coconut
- 1 tablespoon flax seed
- 2 heaped teaspoons raw cacao powder
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil
- Half a teaspoon vanilla extract
Chuck everything into the food processor and whizz until well combined and the mixture starts clumping. If you have a weedy little processor like mine, you will have to keep stopping and stirring the ingredients up a bit as this is quite a heavy mixture. I also like to keep whizzing for quite a bit of time to release the nut oils a bit and really mix everything together well.
When combined roll into approximately 20 little balls and then dust with raw cacao. As easy as that!
You can play around with the ingredients and combinations to your heart’s content and I will be eternally grateful to The Vegetarian Treehouse for introducing me to the concept behind these little balls of joy!
There is a fantastic recipe for a fig and pistachio version in the Paleo Baking Recipe e-book you can download for free by following this link.