I 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
1. 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.