Chocolate Date Balls
These yummy chocolate date balls are a no-bake bite packed with nutrients. They come together very quickly, using only your food processor, and as a bonus, they are freezer-friendly. You can use any nuts you have on hand and switch them up. I recently used pecans and walnuts and they came out great. I also love to use dark chocolate cocoa powder and dark chocolate chips. To make this recipe vegan, just your favorite vegan chocolate chips (such as Enjoy Life). Additionally, I think they would taste amazing rolled in shredded coconut. Eat them as part of an on-the-go breakfast, a quick snack, or dessert.
A Family Favorite
Let me share a little story with you. My son, who is four years old, absolutely adores making these chocolate date balls with me. It has become our special bonding activity that we look forward to at least once a month. He’s always so eager to help out in the kitchen. Whenever I ask him what he wants to make, without fail, he’ll exclaim, “Chocolate date balls, please!”
I can’t help but smile as we gather our ingredients and get to work. He’s the designated nut crusher, gleefully turning the food processor on and off at my command. He watches patiently as the ingredients magically transform into a sticky, chocolatey dough. Of course, he also loves sneaking a few chocolate chips along the way. So go ahead, gather your ingredients, and let the kitchen adventures begin. Surely, these chocolate date balls are bound to become a family favorite in no time!
*Makes 12 servings*
3/4 cup raw almonds
1/4 cup raw cashews
1 cup dates (Medjool, pitted)
2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp sea salt
3 tbsp chocolate chips
Add everything to the food processor except the chocolate chips. Process until well combined. The dough should become sticky. Add chocolate chips and pulse 1-2 times or until the chocolate chips break into some smaller pieces.
Wet your hands slightly. Use your hands to form dough into balls with about 1 rounded tablespoon per ball. If you find your dough isn’t sticky enough, add 1-2 tbsp of water and mix again. Store in the refrigerator or freeze for later!