When it comes to birthdays (or any special occasion for that matter), you can almost always count on me to be that ‘extra’ one who makes cakes for everyone to eat. It’s just a part of who I am – I love making things and have an insaneee sweet tooth, especially for anything chocolate.
Last week was my friend’s birthday, and, as per usual, I had to whip up something to bring along with me! I guess cakes are delicious, but the downside is that they take a while to bake, aren’t always suitable for everyone’s dietary needs, and can just get a little… boring. So I had a scroll through Pinterest and found a lot of recipes on how to make ‘energy balls.’ They looked oh-so-cute and reminded me of cake pops, and I knew I just had to do my own take on them!
So… today we are making ‘healthier’ choc balls! I call them ‘healthier’ because they’re gluten free, vegan, have no added refined sugar and are packed with healthy nut fats. (However, remember to eat in moderation).
Added bonus: they don’t require any baking and only need around 4 ingredients!
Here’s my basic generic recipe:
Makes: around 36 small-medium sized balls
– 1 cup pitted dates and/or sultanas
– 1 cup of nuts and/or seeds of your choice (see photos for the ones I used)
– 1/4 cup cocoa powder
– 1/2 cup dedicated coconut
– Optional: something to coat the balls (e.g. desiccated coconut, crushed peanuts, or cacao powder)
1. In a food processor, blend the dates to become a paste-like consistency
2. Add the rest of the ingredients (nuts, cocoa powder and coconut) until evenly blended!
3. Use your hands to make little balls from the mix
4. Coat the balls with any ingredients you choose (I used desiccated coconut and coconut chips) This is to prevent them from being too sticky.
That’s it! Enjoy them on the spot or they’re great chilled.
If you want to make these into party favours like I have, all you need is
– Sandwich bags
1. Make little labels on Microsoft Word with the ingredients and print them out
2. Place the balls into the bags
3. Secure the bag with a knot using twine, then add the printed label, and another knot
Alternatively, if you want to make these like cake pops, you could stick in a skewer or chop stick.
I had a lot of fun making these and hope you do too. Let me know if you try this recipe and what ingredients you put in them!
Remember, stay creative and kind
Love, Miss Caly