Date Balls

Date Balls

They’re date balls, filled with wholesome goodness, but they taste like a decadent dessert – sweet, rich and chocolaty. I think they actually taste, and give the mouthfeel, of eating chocolate cookie dough!

While definitely healthy in terms of what goes into them, these date balls are more of a dessert than a snack, to be savored slowly and enjoyed only once in a while, since they are very high in sugar and carbs because, well, medjool dates are naturally high in sugar and carbs. 

Date Balls
 
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Recipe type: Dessert, Gluten-Free, Paleo, Vegan
Yield: 16 date balls
Ingredients
  • 15 medjool dates (10 oz; 300 grams), pitted
  • ½ cup almond butter (I used Justin’s classic almond butter)
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Topping (optional):
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
Instructions
  1. Place the dates, almond butter, cocoa powder, vanilla and cinnamon in your food processor bowl. Process until the ingredients come together into rough dough.
  2. Remove the dough from the food processor and shortly knead it with clean hands.
  3. Divide into 16 balls, each weighing 1 oz.
  4. Roll the balls in the toppings.
  5. Arrange the date balls on a tray or a baking sheet. Refrigerate for 1 hour, to allow them to set and flavors to meld.
  6. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Remove from fridge 10 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Per Serving
Serving size: 1 date ball; Calories: 110; Fat: 5g; Carbohydrates: 17g; Sugar: 13g; Sodium: 2mg; Fiber: 3g; Protein: 2g

Date Balls

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