I always make sure I buy unrefined organic ingredients and the best coconut oil in my opinion is pure extra virgin coconut oil. It hasn’t gone through any process to strip it of its goodness. If you suffer with a sweet tooth, these will satisfy your craving without sending your blood sugars into orbit and the cacao content will fill your body with the important antioxidants it needs.
For the Centre
1 1/2 cups ground almonds or a mix of walnuts and almonds if you prefer the inside to be a bit more moist.
1 tbsp coconut oil
10 pitted soft dates ( medjool are great)
1 to 2 tbsp cacao powder ( depending on your taste)
1/2 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts for sprinkling at the end
For the chocolate
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup cacao powder
About 4/5 tbsp maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla essence
Pop all your centre ingredients into a blender and blitz until everything is blended. You want the consistency to be fairly sticky, so it’s easy to roll into balls.
Roll into balls and place on baking parchment. Pop them into the fridge while you make the chocolate.
Put your coconut oil in a pan and melt on a low heat. Add the maple syrup and vanilla and stir with a hand held whisk. Then add the cacao, whisk until the powder has completely dissolved and leave off the heat for about 5 minutes, stirring a few times.
Grab your balls and then dip in the chocolate. Place the balls into a tray with baking parchment on. You may need to spoon more chocolate over the balls for complete coverage. Sprinkle some roasted chopped hazelnuts over the top and then freeze. They take about 30 minutes to set.
I like them straight out of the freezer, the chocolate has a crisp crunch but the inside is still fairly soft. Yum!
Happy Hump day all xxx