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Chocolate Date Balls

chocolate date balls by The Culinary ChaseI was listening to the radio this morning and the announcer said she only has 2 more paychecks before Christmas! Yikes! Thirty-four days to go and I haven’t done any Christmas shopping let alone any baking. In the next few days I plan to make and freeze any holiday sweets with exception of chocolate date balls…made already, eaten already!  I have to admit I was a bit skeptical these balls would pass the taste test.  They’re so delicious I will be making more and the really cool bit with these date balls is that they’re a healthy treat.  If you’re a novice cook you’ll want to try this recipe – with 6 ingredients it’s simple and easy to make.  Edible gifts are always a pleasure to give and to receive (hint, hint).

Makes 15 balls
adapted from Veggieful

1 1/2 cups pitted dates (add more if the mixture doesn’t hold its shape)
1/3 cup walnuts
1/3 cup almonds
1/4 teaspoon vanilla essence
1/2 cup shredded coconut
2 tablespoons cocoa powder

chocolate date ball ingredients1. Combine ingredients in a food processor (except cocoa powder) and pulse until completely combined.
2. Pour the mixture into a bowl and stir in cacao powder; mix well. Scoop up a tablespoon or so of the mixture, squeeze it in your hand, shape a bit and roll into balls. Refrigerate until needed.

healthy holiday goodies by The Culinary ChaseThe Culinary Chase’s Note: These make the perfect hostess gift.  Enjoy!

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