These raw chocolate balls amaze me every time I make them. I have been making them for rather a long time and I am still surprised that I can satisfy my chocolate cravings with a few nuts and dates and a couple of tablespoons of cocoa. Even more amazing is that I can also satisfy the chocolate cravings of friends and relatives who love chocolate and wouldn’t usually look twice at any kind of healthy snack. It must be the real thing.
A couple of weeks ago I was chatting to a woman in the supermarket about the nuts she was buying and I couldn’t resist giving this recipe to her. She was so excited to have found a recipe for what she called “healthy candy”. It’s also great that you can give your children a sweet treat that will nourish their brains and bodies with healthy monounsaturated fats, without being agressive to their teeth.
We have come across other versions of raw chocolate balls, one in particular by Chocolate Covered Katie, which she calls Fudge Babies. This recipe is a bit different. For our raw chocolate balls, it is very important that you soak the dates first. It is the soaking which gives these raw chocolate balls their smooth, silky, truffle-like consistency.
You can make smooth balls as suggested, or (for adults and older children) you can blend the ingredients a little less so that they are crunchier, with larger nut pieces. You can also experiment with different nuts, spices and fruits (as well as orange peel and mint essence), but it is important to keep the nuts-to-dates ratio to about the same. Alternative versions of our raw chocolate balls are soon to be posted!
250 g (2 c) dates, pre-soaked for 6-12 hours in 200ml water (soaked until soft but not collapsing)
100 g (1 c) walnuts
25 g (1/4 c) cashew nuts
3-4 tbsp cocoa (to taste)
1. Drain dates and set aside water for use in other recipes (like date porridge).
2. Add all ingredients to a food processer or a bowl if using a hand-blender and blend on highest speed until smooth.
3. Remove mixture from food processor and roll into small balls.
4. Dust balls in cocoa.
5. Refrigerate for 1 hour. If you are in a rush, you can skip this step, but expect the chocolate balls to be softer.
Preparation: 10 min (plus 12 hours soaking time) | Cooking time: – min | Servings: 15-20