Chocolate Snacking Balls
Would you like a no-cook snacking treat you can easily make in less than 15 minutes if you have all the ingredients on hand?
This recipe uses all quality ingredients but it's great for an after school or after work snack. One or two balls is enough to satisfy even the most confirmed junk food eater.
Assemble all of your ingredients so they are on-hand on the countertop and give this one a try. IT'S A KEEPER!
1 cup raw pecans
1 cup medjool dates, chunked or 1 1/4 cup deglet noor dates (these are lower in fructose if you are watching your sugars)
2 tsp cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp allspice - (to mix your own combine 1 tablespoon cinnamon, 1 tsp nutmeg and 1/4 tsp. clove - Combine as use as needed)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup raw cacao powder (regular cocoa powder can be used if that's all you have)
zest of one orange
2 tablespoons organic maple syrup - if needed
shredded unsweetened coconut (for rolling)
Place pecans in food processor and pulse till chopped in small pieces (do not over-process)
Remove lid and add dates, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, sea salt, cocoa powder and orange zest. Replace lid and pulse till a thick dough has formed. If the mixture will not form into a dough ball, add the maple syrup as needed.
Grab a small amount of dough (approx. 1/2 heaping tablespoon) and roll the dough into a ball with your hands. Roll the ball now in the shredded coconut and place on waxed paper. Repeat until all the dough is used. Makes about 16 balls (depending on the size you make each ball.)
To store: Place in a container with lid and refrigerate. I always like to add a piece of waxed paper (under them and over them) to help prevent the balls from drying out.
That's it. These actually do taste better the next day because the orange zest has time for the flavor to develop in with the chocolate flavor.