Dates are commonly referred to as nature’s candy (at least, I’ve heard that a lot since I went vegan). I particularly hated dates, until I started using them for recipes like this one. My chocolate date balls are very easy and quick to make and they’re very nice for when you’re craving something sweet. Rolling them in lucuma or matcha powder just adds a very nice twist to their flavor.
Ingredients (for 18-24 balls, more or less depending on size)
- 2 cups of soft dates, pitted. (If the dates are not soft, after you take the pits out, put them in a small bowl with hot water for about 10 minutes. Then drain).
- 1 cup of almonds.
- 2 cups of coconut flakes.
- 2 tablespoons of cacao powder.
- ½ cup of walnuts, chopped.
- Lucuma powder.
- Matcha powder.
- Optional: a splash of coffee (espresso would be best); cinnamon and vanilla extract.
- Materials: a cooking dish/pan (I use a 20x30cm – 8×12 inch – pan), parchment paper.
- In a food processor, process the almonds and the coconut (separately) until achieving a flour/dust like texture. Mix in a bowl adding a pinch of salt.
- In the food processor now process the dates until making a soft paste (you may add a little splash of water for thinning, just so that the food processor can continue working). (Optional: instead of using water you can add 1 table spoon of vanilla extract and a splash of coffee).
- Once the date paste is soft, add in the coconut and almonds and mix. Then, add the cacao powder and mix well. (Optional: add 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder. It gives it a very nice flavor, trust me!)
- You will get a paste that is moist, but it should not stick to your fingers.
- Line a pan or baking dish with some parchment paper. Use a tablespoon to scoop some of the paste and roll into a ball with moist hands. Place on the pan or baking dish.
- Pop in the freezer for about 1 hour. Use two small bowls or plates to put some of the matcha and lucuma powder. Roll the balls one by one until completely powdered.
- Serving: Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can eat them as a snack on-the-go, but I particularly like them as a post workout treat or for mid afternoon tea time. Also, as an idea, switch things up! You can also roll them in coconut flakes, cacao powder, crumbled peanuts, etc.