Ingredient: cacao powder

Cacao Granola

Cacao Granola

This cacao granola is the perfect breakfast- nutty, crispy, chewy and semi sweet. Enjoy with yoghurt or your favourite milk. You can even sprinkle it on ice-cream!

Mandarin, Rosemary and Chocolate Flourless Cake

Mandarin, Rosemary and Chocolate Flourless Cake

It’s mandarin season! In our house, mandarins don’t last long at all, we can get through a few kilos in a week mainly because they are Andre AND Jenga’s favourite. Jenga will come out from wherever he is snuggled as soon as the sweet sweet […]

Choc Bliss Cake Balls

Choc Bliss Cake Balls

Ahhhhhh bliss balls. They’re all the rage and for good reason.

I have a huge sweet tooth, always have, but lately I’ve been trying to curb my sugary cravings with fruit. Some days though, an apple or a mandarin just will not suffice and chocolate is definitely required.

This recipe combines both of my sugar go-to’s in one hit. Medjool dates are like candy and when you combine their richness with nuts and cacao then smother it all in dark chocolate, you’ve got a 3pm pick me up that will see you through until dinner (maybe). For a healthier version you can skip the chocolate- these little treats taste just as good without it.

These little balls of joy are like enjoying a mouth full of cake but without the fuss and without the need to fire up the oven. Their rich texture will smother your mouth like a velvet blanket and provided you have the willpower to stop at just one, they’re moderately healthy as well.

The beauty of this recipe is that you can really use whatever nuts you have on hand- cashews, almonds or even Brazil nuts work great. If nuts aren’t your thing, substitute for extra coconut, chia seeds, pepitas and dried fruit such as cranberries or goji berries.

You can store these bad boys in the freezer for up to two months so I like to double the recipe and have a container on stand by.

Enjoy!

 

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Choc Bliss Cake Balls
Keyword Bliss balls
Prep Time 1 hour
Servings
Balls
Ingredients
Keyword Bliss balls
Prep Time 1 hour
Servings
Balls
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak pitted dates in boiling water for 15 minutes.
  2. Drain the dates and add to a food processor with walnuts, coconut oil, cacao powder and desiccated coconut. Blend until a paste is formed. You can make it as chunky or as smooth as you like.
  3. Freeze mixture for 20 minutes.
  4. Once chilled, roll mixture in to 12 balls and place on a lined baking tray. Pop in to the fridge.
  5. Melt broken chocolate in microwave for 30 seconds, stir. Continue to microwave at 30 second intervals, stirring each time to prevent burning. Stop once there are a few chunks of chocolate, this will melt in just great with a good stir.
  6. Coat one side of each ball with melted chocolate then drizzle the remaining chocolate over the balls. Don't forget to lick the bowl.
Recipe Notes

You can substitute walnuts for any other nut that tickles your fancy. For a nut free version, experiment with adding extra coconut, sunflower seeds or other dried fruits.

When rolling the balls, have a bowl of water on stand by. Damp hands= smooth balls.