DIY: Raw Cacao and Date Balls

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I’m back with another DIY inspired post today (if you’re following my Instagram you will have seen these sneak peaked earlier in the week), and rather continuing on the theme I was heading for I thought I’d actually focus my attention on something I’m incredibly passionate about: cooking. I’ve had a bunch of people ask how I make these when I’ve taken them to events or given them to friends, so what better way to spread the love following Valentine’s Day than to share my secrets. So today, instead of fashion or makeup I’ll be doing something a little different and focusing on these totally versatile and amazing little balls of pure heaven. They are raw, vegan, dairy and gluten free making them suitable for a whole bunch of dietary requirements and what I really love is they pretty much contain all of my favourite ingredients in a single little ball. They’re not to expensive to make and they’re really not time consuming at all so lets get right into this.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 cup of dried pitted dates (soaked)
  • 1 & 1/2 cup nuts/seeds (approximate) – I used almonds, pecans and pepitas
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1-2 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/2 cup coconut flakes
  • 2 tablespoons of honey or sometimes I use rice malt syrup
  • Nuts/seeds/coconut for rolling

You’ll also need a blender or some sort of food processor. I use a food processor because it is easier to pour ingredients into the mix without turning it off, but it’s totally up to you. So, after you’ve soaked the dried dates for a quarter of an hour, drain them and pop them into your food processor and blend them up until a paste is formed. Next, I add the cup of nuts/seeds – which you can vary depending on tastes/allergies – and pulse it until they have been crushed. Next I add the coconut oil and honey and pulse it again for a few seconds.

The next item I add is the coconut flakes and cacao powder and blend it again for several minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides and ensure everything has been blended through entirely. I remove the processor from the stand and turn the mix out onto a chopping board. I kneed the mix for a moment before rolling the mix into balls, in the end I usually get anywhere from 15 – 20, and to decorate I roll them in anything from chia seeds, to pepitas. I have also rolled them in coconut and crushed peanuts in the past.

It’s as simple as that! My favourite thing about this recipe as I said earlier, is how versatile it is. I’ve added peanut butter before, I’ve added cashews and apricots, really it’s only limited to how imaginative you want to get with flavours. These are a great snack, though I would limit the number consumed to 1 or 2 a day due to how rich and naturally high in fats these can be depending what you choose to put in them! Like I said it’s totally up to you how these taste and they’re the perfect treat to take with you to work or uni, they’re tasty and above all else they’re fresh, healthy and easy to make. I hope this inspired you to get cooking, and I’ll be back on Saturday with a Tried and Tested Beauty Hacks blog for you all!

x ac

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