When I gave you my Apricot & Coconut Balls recipe, I promised that there would be several more variations of the same concept to appear in the future…
Well, I am not one to take promises lightly…especially when it comes to food.
This one here is the original. It is the first one I came up with as a result of a kitchen failure…but oh what a delicious failure it turned out to be!
I was attempting to make a sort of chocolate brownie/energy bar, but the texture was all too gooey and fudgy to hold. I am not one to ever throw away food, so I got rolling, and here we are!
The secret ingredient that allows these decadents treats to be extremely nutritious and totally sugar free is one very close to my heart; the humble date.
Dates have always been a huge part of our Egyptian culture, and we seem to have grown tired of it, and have come to take it for granted…meanwhile, the rest of the world is only just discovering the wonders of this natural powerhouse gem of a fruit!
Forget about store-bought energy snacks that are laden with sugar, processed ingredients and who-knows-what else…a couple of dates can give you an instant boost without that sharp rise in blood sugar levels, thanks to its high fibre content, as well as a wonderful dose of potassium, magnesium, protein and many other much needed goodies. That, paired with the nutritiousness of almond/peanut butter, gives you one heck of a super snack!
All this aside, dates have a gorgeously sweet and deep caramel flavour, which makes them amazing for adding richness to desserts, smoothies, or sweet treats like this.
These are so intensely chocolatey and fudgy that you will have to remind yourself again and again that you need not feel an ounce of guilt while consuming them…in fact; you should actually give yourself a good pat on the back!
Theoretically, you can get a lot more creative with the outer layer. You can roll the balls in almond meal, chia seeds or coconut…but I just love the rich dark look of cocoa powder, and how it adds yet another dimension of chocolatiness (is that a word?) to each bite.
Make these as a gift for someone if you want them to worship you forever.
Nutritious Chocolate Fudge Truffles
who says you can't satisfy a chocolate craving without eating something unhealthy? these little gems prove that you most definitely can, and should!
Author: Noha Serageldin
Recipe type: Snack
Serves: 15 balls
- • 15 Medjool dates, pitted
- • 1 ½ tbsp. smooth almond/peanut butter (all natural)
- • 1 ½ tbsp. cocoa powder (unsweetened), plus extra for rolling
- • 1 tbsp. almond/coconut milk or milk of your choice (even water would work)
- • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- • A good pinch of sea salt
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and mix until everything is smooth and well incorporated.it should resemble a thick paste/dough
- Prepare a tray or a large plate by placing a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder on it and spreading it out slightly
- Moisten your hands slightly and scoop up tablespoon-fulls of the mixture, roll them into tight balls and drop them onto the prepared tray. Roll them around in the cocoa powder, adding extra as needed.
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge, sprinkled with a little extra cocoa to keep them from sticking to each other. Keeps for up to a week. (If they last this long then there is something wrong with you.)