Posted by Meaghan Beattie | Recipes

Photo on 2013-01-28 at 22.401 cup of dates

1 tsp cinnamon

2 tbs raw cocoa powder

1/2 cup chopped nuts, seeds and/or dried fruits

1/4 of an orange

1/4 cup shredded coconut

Makes 26 balls

This is a great sweet treat and a healthy option for chocolate lovers. The raw cacao powder is the same ingredient that is in chocolate but because it has not been heated it has higher amounts of anti-oxidants. It also has anti-inflammatory properties, can be a great mood booster, and is high in fibre, protein and iron. The dates are a source of minerals and vitamins, as well as a good source of fibre and they make these little balls deliciously sweet. This is yet another a recipe which can be made with many different nuts and seeds to help you keep variety in your diet. You can make it a different way every time!

Instructions:

Chop your nuts and set them aside. If you are using dried fruits you only need to chop them if you are using larger fruits like apricots. Chop the fruit and set it aside. Put dates into a food processor and mix them. If you do not have a food processor you can chop the dates as finely as possible and put them into a large bowl. Add cinnamon and cacao to the date mixture. If you are using a food processor, mix for about 30 seconds. If you are mixing by hand add the powder and then work the mixture with your hands by kneading the powder into the dates. Remove the mixture from the food processor and place it in a bowl. Add the chopped nuts and dried fruit and mix them into the date mixture with your hands. Once the nuts are evenly mixed into the recipe you may want to rinse your hands before you start rolling the date mixture into balls. (It may be helpful to have a small bowl of warm water close by to you dip your hands into if they get sticky as you continue.) Roll the dates into balls that are about 1 inch in diameter. Place date balls in a small container and squeeze the juice from 1/4 of an orange over the balls. Gently roll the balls inside the container to fully coat them with the orange juice. Next, sprinkle a handful of coconut over top of the balls and gently roll them to get them to be evenly coated. Transfer the balls to a clean container or plate and enjoy!

Refrigerate and serve anytime. You can also freeze these balls in a sealed container and they will keep for months.

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