Raw chocolate balls

Suitable from 12 months

Raw chocolate balls
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.

Recipe tips
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!

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  1. What a great recipe! I used to make Fudge Babies (and other variations of it) and am a dedicated lover of Larabars and yet this recipe is my favorite of all. Rolling it in good cocoa powder is a must if you are a chocolate lover! Not only does it taste fantastic but I love that I can share my treat with my little thirteen month old who adores having a nibble. I am excited about making a batch and packaging them in truffle boxes to give as gifts to a few of my loved ones. Simply wonderful!

  2. These look great! Can I ask, how long would these last? Do you need to keep them refrigerated?

    • Littlefoodies says:

      Hi Lindsey,

      They are great! You can also try skipping the cocoa and adding ground ginger, cinnamon and coconut instead – roll them in dessicated coconut. I would say that they keep at least 5 days in the fridge, but I have probably kept them for longer. I wonder if they will last that long, in our house they don’t.

      Enjoy! XXX

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