~ Chocolate Date Balls ~
No added sugar, Dairy-free, easily made Gluten-free, Affordable, Easy and Delicious!
This is a recipe I came up with to make for snacks at preschool, and I have made them a few times for myself at home as well. They are super easy and freeze really well, in fact you can eat the straight from the freezer. They would be a fun thing to make with kids to use as lunch box fillers, also they are nice for a cheeky snack after dinner with a cup of tea or coffee ☕. I could go on, but you get it 🙂
400g Dates – soak in boiling water for at least half and hour
1 cup coconut
1 TBSP cocoa powder
1 tsp natural vanilla essence
1 cups seeds ( I use pumpkin and sunflower seeds)
1 cup rolled oats
After the dates have soaked for a little, put them into the food processor with all the other ingredients and blitz them up until you have a sort of truffle like dough.
Roll into balls and roll through some coconut…… and thats it, your done. EASY!
Now what is cool about this is you can pretty much change the dry ingredients to be whatever you have or want. I have used seeds because we are “nut-free” at preschool, and rolled oats because they are a super affordable bulk. But you could make them gluten-free but using nuts, ground almonds, more coconut etc, the key is just keeping the proportions the same, so 3 cups of dry ingredients to the 400g dates. You can also add a couple of TBSP of coconut oil if you want them to set a little firmer, but I like to keep it 🙂