Raw Chocolate and Almond Balls

I’m not a big fan of snacking but sometimes you need something healthy to keep you going either at home or while you’re out and about. We tend to eat these sometimes after lunch to finish with something sweet or in the middle of a long morning in the garden.


Almonds are packed full of nutrients, in particular protein, magnesium and vitamin E. They’re also a wonderful of source of healthy fats and fibre, meaning these will keep you feeling full for longer than other sweet treats. Cacao is one of the richest sources of polyphenols and is especially abundant in flavanols, which have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.


Ingredients (makes about 12 balls)

  • 150g almonds

  • 35g raw cacao powder

  • 40g dates

  • 1tbs honey

  • 100g almond butter

  • 2tbs coconut oil

  • Pinch of salt

  • Cacao nibs to roll balls in


Instructions


Chop the almonds in a food processor for a minute or so until they are finely chopped but still retain some texture. Add the dates and pulse for a few seconds then add all the other ingredients and blend until combined.


Roll the mixture into balls, pour some cacao nibs into a shallow bowl and roll the balls to coat them. Put in the fridge to set for a few hours.


These don’t usually last long in our house but will keep in the fridge for 2 weeks.