Gluten free - Grain free - Dairy free - refined sugar free - egg free - can be nut free
In all this stinking hot summer weather, I've been on the prowl to find some sweet treat recipes that don't require me standing over a hot stove or turning the oven on. I was looking through my usual recipes, feeling a bit bored of the 'norm' when I had the brilliant idea to modify!! I took an old Fruit and Nut Ball recipe and turned it into something FABULOUS and naughty-tasting, that's not really naughty at all!
These Balls are smooth and velvety, rich and glorious...and healthy! And better yet, it's another 'throw it all into the food processor' easy-peasy, kids-love-them, winner!
If you don't have almond meal but have almonds, start by putting an overloaded cupful of almonds into your food processor and grind up your own (if using seeds, grind these up in your food processor to a fine meal). Add chocolate and whizz till you have very small pieces.
Add all other ingredients to food processor and blend till smooth. You'll probably need to scrape it down with a spatula a couple of times and whizz it up again. With less powerful processors it can help to add one date at a time through the feeder rather than all of them together. Blend until it forms a big mass that's all stuck together.
Put about a cup of desiccated coconut in a shallow bowl or on a plate. Take teaspoon fulls and roll them into little balls in your hands. Roll the balls in the coconut till covered. Place in a container and refrigerate at least one hour. These are best eaten straight out of the fridge as they go a bit too soft if they stay out too long (especially on a hot day).