So I was looking for something to make for desert the other night and stumbled across this little recipe for Cocoa Nut Bites. Simple and quick to make with no added sugar or fats so I gave them a try….. Delicious!
Almonds, flax seeds and walnuts are a great source of essential fatty acids and the dates bind the balls while adding natural sweetness and fibre yo the balls.
This is a great base of a recipe which is super easy to mix up a bit. I reduced the nuts a little bit and added 1/2 c of wholegrain oats to lower the total fat and increase the fibre of the balls. You can throw in chia seeds, cashew nuts, dried fruits like apricots or prunes, vanilla seeds, spices and you really can’t stuff it up as long as they are moist enough to roll into little balls.
Cocao Nut Balls
– 1c pitted dates soaked for 10min and drained
– 1/2c almonds
– 1/2c walnuts
– 1/4 coconut
– 1/4 cocao or cocoa powder
– 1 tbs flax seed
– Blitz almonds until crumbly
– Add other ingredients except dates and blitz until combined and crumbly (a few chunky bits are nice)
– Add prunes
– Shape into balls and let set in the fridge for 15 or so mins
Don’t forget that even though these yummy little balls are made of natural sugars and good fats they are still high in kilojoules so they are a treat and not for munching back at breakfast time like someone else in the house has been doing since these were made 🙂
Let me know how you go with these and any of the winning flavour combos you come up with!