Hey friends. I’m still alive.
And very excited to have time to blog again. This year has been my busiest by far but I won’t bore you with the details, I’ll just bombard you with these little bombs of chocolatey (apparently that’s not a word? as if) goodness.
These healthy treats have been tried and tested at many social events and no one died or threw up. To take those reliable results even further, my not-so-healthy friends and family consumed many of these without questioning whether they were healthy or not.
So while I wouldn’t recommended these as a staple food, they are definitely a treat you do not have to feel guilty about and should feel safe bringing to events involving your biggest health food critics. Maybe just drizzle some white chocolate over the top if you’re feeling nervous – always make them look more fancy and unhealthy.
CHOCOLATE BROWNIE BALLS (GLUTEN + DAIRY + EGG FREE + VEGAN)
– 1/2 cup or 6-7 medjool dates, pitted
– 1/3 cup nut butter
– 1 cup almond meal
– 2/3 cup shredded coconut
– 1/4 cup cocoa powder
– 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
– 1/4 teaspoon salt
– 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
– 50 grams dairy free 70% chocolate, chopped
– 150 grams dairy free 70% chocolate, melted
dairy free 70% chocolate: you can go darker than this – the darker the better! If you don’t need dairy free or vegan, you could go milk chocolate or even white chocolate if you are planning to take some to an event (and may have harsher critics).
nut butter: I love almond butter best in these but cashew butter is good too, they have a nice neutral flavour
Chuck dates, nut butter, almond meal, coconut, cocoa, vanilla, and salt into a large food processor to combine well.
Add the melted coconut oil and 50 grams of chopped chocolate and process until the mixture comes together. If it’s still a bit dry, add some more melted coconut oil or nut butter.
Roll the mixture into balls (I feel obliged to say after you wash your hands – that’s for you Skye) and place on a lined baking tray. I usually get 24 out of the mixture but depends on what size you want.
Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes till firm.
Melt the 150 grams of dark chocolate and coat the balls. I use a fork to toss it around in the chocolate and then give it a shake to get rid of the excess chocolate.
Put them back in the fridge and once the chocolate is set, you’re all ready to go! Easy. Now since they are small, my logic is that at least three can be eaten but it only counts as one. Cause they are small.