Chocolate Truffles (aka Energy Balls)

DSC_1882These truffles / Energy Balls are the bomb!! They are the perfect pick-me upper snack, or sweet tooth craving. So good and you don’t have to feel guilty eating them because they are super HEALTHY. No added sugar, full of minerals and vitamins from the dates, cacao and almonds, and all while being a great energy and mood boost.
I was in England last week visiting some middle and high schools, and the teachers were telling me how much chocolate the kids eat, they are completely addicted! There are lots of options for eating cacao products without all the added sugar and other processed ingredients, this is a great option, especially for kids/teens that need to keep their concentration high during the day.

I made a batch this morning and gave some to a friend as a late birthday gift – it made her very happy ๐Ÿ™‚

This is a basic recipe, the coatings can be switched and changed to your personal taste.

ยทINGREDIENTSยท (for 35 balls)
โ†’15 medjool dates, pitted
โ†’1 1/4 cup Almonds (100 gr)
โ†’1 cup shredded coconut flakes (100 gr)
โ†’1/4 cup cacao powder
โ†’3 tbsp coconut oil
โ†’1 tsp cinnamon
โ†’pinch of chili (optional)

For Coating (optional):
โ†’cacao powder, coconut flour/flakes, orange zest
โ†’turmeric and chili powder

In a food processor combine all the ingredients and mix well until a ball forms (couple of minutes). With your hands, take a small amount of mixture and form the balls, the size really depends on how you prefer to enjoy them. Place in the fridge while you prepare the coatings.
Mix the coating ingredients in small bowls and then roll the balls in them: โ€ข cacao powder, coconut flour, and orange zest โ€ข turmeric, chili powderย โ€ขย  just cacao powderย โ€ข
You can create different combinations to your liking (i.e. cardamom, ginger; crushed red peppercorns; hemp seeds)
Store in the fridge and enjoy within 2 weeks.

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