This is a terrific recipe when you need something sweet and want to avoid a sugar crash. It still has natural sugar in it because it has dates but it is balanced with fibre and great protein and fat. Cacao is a stimulant so take care in the evenings as it may keep your awake! These balls can be made with other nuts or with sunflower seeds for a nut free option. You can also substitute the cacao for lemon juice and rind for a lemon bliss ball. If you don't have time to make them into balls, you can press them into a slice tray and cut into squares. Either way try stopping at just one!
1 cup almonds
1 1/2 cups dates
½ cup raw cacao
1 cup desiccated coconut
¼ cup coconut oil
Grind the almonds in a blender until you have almond meal. It doesn’t need to be smooth and can be as chunky or smooth as you would like your slice to be. Add the dates and grind until they are mixed. Add the cacao and desiccated coconut and mix. Add the coconut oil, 1 tablespoon at a time as the amount you need will vary depending on how moist your dates are and how melted the coconut oil is. You need to add enough so that the mixture comes together when pressed. Scrape the mixture into a slice tin or tray and smooth, cut into bars and put in the fridge to harden. You can alternatively roll the mixture into balls if you’d rather have ‘bliss balls’. You can roll them in desiccated coconut, chopped nuts or cacao for a different variation.
You can add any combination of nuts or seeds where you use almonds. Experiment with your favourite flavours!