Cacao Almond Balls

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Does your family like snacking? My kids would eat only snacks if it were their choice. Likewise, I always prefer smaller meals or snacks rather than big scrumptious meals. Good news! Eating snacks is not a bad thing at all especially if the snacks are very nutritious and not full of empty sugars.

This Cacao Almond Balls recipe is one of our favorite snacks especially when the mid-afternoon slump kicks in. It is the perfect snack for adults and kids alike. Nothing beats this especially if accompanied by an espresso or tea as you prefer. This recipe is also good for vegans and is also gluten-free.

Additionally, it can be integrated as part of a weight-loss or maintenance program, of course, if you resist not taking more than two! Sometimes, we tend to forget planning snacks between meals thinking that we can take extra calories during lunch or dinner. But then when hunger strikes I often find myself opening my goodies cupboards looking for any treat.  In the end, what I found best is planning and scheduling whatever you eat. If you leave a gap of more than 4 hours, the tendency is that you’ll start nibbling and will tend to overeat until you feel more than full.

Though this recipe does not have any added sugars, the Medjool dates will satisfy a sweet tooth. On the other hand, the peanut (or almond butter) gives it that smooth texture that blends perfectly with the organic cacao.  I suggest choosing the best products in the market if possible organic products as you cannot compare the best quality cacao with cheap cocoa powder.

Mostly, I love this snack mostly because I can prepare ahead and then batch freeze the chocolate balls! So this can come very handy especially when you need to take a snack with you for the office and you’re in a rush. Additionally, they’re very easy to prepare and no cooking is required at all since they are best served raw!

Cacao Almond Balls Step by Step

In truth, this recipe takes 10 minutes maximum to make if you buy unpitted dates and ground almonds. Alternatively, you can use whole almonds and ground them from scratch.

I always start to blend the dates until it turns into a soft mixture. Subsequently, I add the ground almond, the cacao, peanut butter, and coconut oil. Then with the use of a spoon and my hands, I turn them into balls. This recipe is for 12 cacao almond balls.

Accompaniments and Sides

I find that these taste wonderful without adding anything else. But if you prefer, you can cover them with your favorite seeds, dried coconut, or chocolate chips.

However, I find it a real treat to eat them with a cup of coffee or tea.

Recipe

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AuthorwellbeingbaristaCategoryDifficultyBeginner

Yields12 Servings
Prep Time10 minsTotal Time10 mins

 400 g Dates, pitted
 200 g Almonds, ground
 2 tbsp Peanut butter
 4 tbsp Cacao powder, raw
 2 tbsp Coconut oil
Nutrition Facts

Servings 12


Amount Per Serving
Calories 226Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g19%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 360mg11%
Total Carbohydrate 29g10%
Dietary Fiber 5g20%
Sugars 23g

Vitamin A 1%
Vitamin C 0%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

1

Blend the dates until they come into a paste.

2

Mix the dates together the ground almonds and cacao powder.

3

Add the peanut butter and coconut oil and blend until it comes into a smooth paste.

4

Then with the use of a spoon and my hands, I turn them into balls. This recipe is for 12 cacao almond balls.

Ingredients

 400 g Dates, pitted
 200 g Almonds, ground
 2 tbsp Peanut butter
 4 tbsp Cacao powder, raw
 2 tbsp Coconut oil

Directions

1

Blend the dates until they come into a paste.

2

Mix the dates together the ground almonds and cacao powder.

3

Add the peanut butter and coconut oil and blend until it comes into a smooth paste.

4

Then with the use of a spoon and my hands, I turn them into balls. This recipe is for 12 cacao almond balls.

Cacao Almond Balls

Nutritional Information

The Cacao Almond Balls are treats with no extra sugar added and ideal for maintenance and weight loss.

Calories Carbs Fat Protein
Macros 226 cals 29g 12g 5g
Macros % 47.5% 44.3% 8.2%

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