I love that there’s a healthy version to any dish. After a while of living a healthy and fit lifestyle, you get accustomed to the flavours of food that isn’t as processed as you were used to and you really enjoy whole foods dishes, to the point that processed foods just don’t cut it anymore. Here is my version of chocolate balls. I sometimes like to snack on them straight after a workout.
Utensils: Food processor
500 g pitted mejool dates
1 cup quick oats (the shredded kind but any kind will do)
1-2 Tbs pure cocoa powder
1/4 cup maple syrup (or vanilla stevia drops)
1 cup of nut of choice (almonds, peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pistachios, hazelnuts or a blend of all of those)
just under 1/4 cup plant-based milk (almond, soy, cashew etc)
1. In a food processor process the nuts into fine pieces and then add the oats and 1 Tbs of cocoa powder only (after adding in the dates and maple syrup and blending, taste the mixture and if it needs more cocoa powder, add more). Give it another few pulses. If you’ve used whole oats, you’ll need to mix them in longer.
2. Add in the maple syrup and the dates and start blending. Through the top opening of the food processor start pouring in the plant milk as the food processor is blending. Continue mixing until there’s a solid consistency and what will happen is that it’ll all shape into one giant ball when it’s done.
3. Roll into bite-sized balls and coat in: cocoa powder or shredded coconut or leave them plain.
Store in the refrigerator in an air-tight container. These balls can last up to a month in the fridge!
Prep Time: 10 minutes