Cacao Snow Balls

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I think that I have finally mastered a recipe to help me curb my (refined) sugar cravings!  Anyone who knows me knows that I have the biggest sweet tooth.  A king size block of chocolate is no hard task and can be consumed in as little as fifteen minutes.  It's a terrible habit that I have been working really hard on changing and can happily say that over the past 6 to 8 months I don't crave sugar as much as I used to.  There are the odd days that I will look into the pantry and hope that a lindt ball or sour worm will fall into my mouth, but let's be honest, the feeling we all feel after a sugar binge isn't so nice and it's not really worth it. Libby has posted a recipe for Bliss Balls before which are also great for a little snack but I wanted to try something different so gathered nuts, seeds and dried fruit, threw it all in the food processor and created the most delicious treat!

Mum's very organised nut and seed collection.

Makes approx 25 balls

Ingredients:

8 fresh medjool dates, pitted 1 cup walnuts 2/3 cup raw cacao powder 1/2 cup desiccated coconut 1/2 cup cashew nuts 1/4 cup sunflower seeds 1/4 cup cranberries 1/4 cup water pinch of salt 1/4 cup desiccated coconut for rolling

  1. Blend the walnuts, cashews, dates, sunflower seeds, cranberries and coconut in a food processor until all of the ingredients are combined.
  2. Add cacao powder, water and salt into food processor, the mixture will turn into a dough/paste. You may need to pulse a few times as it can stick.
  3. Clean out food processor and then blend the 1/4 cup desiccated coconut.
  4. Roll mixture into balls with your hands, roll through the blended coconut and place on baking/wax paper.  Pop into the fridge to set.

These can also be frozen.  Don't eat them all at once!

Julia x