So I’m off for a girl’s weekend and of course the first thing I pack is … food! And a girl’s weekend is definitely not complete without chocolate … and icecream … and wine … and a massage. But let’s just chat about chocolate for now! These peanut and chocolate balls are very moreish but they are kind to your body so the guilt factor is zero when enjoying these tasty treats.
Please don’t attempt these without a really good quality raw cacao (I use Loving Earth) to give it a rich chocolate flavour. It’s also very nutritious for you.
2 cups raw or roasted unsalted peanuts
4 tbsp raw cacao powder
2 tbsp coconut oil
10-12 medjool dates, pitted
1 tbsp chia seeds
4 tbsp maple syrup
Process the nuts with the cacao until it is a fine crumb. Add the dates one at a time and continue to blend. Add all remaining ingredients and process until well combined.
Roll the mixture into bite-sized balls and lay on a baking tray lined with baking paper. Leave to set in the freezer for at least an hour. Keep them in the freezer but allow to thaw for twenty minutes or so before serving. Enjoy with coffee or green tea!
With grace and gusto,