I have a secret. I absolutely LOVE chocolate. The richer and fudgier, the better. That’s probably the number one reason why I chose to make my first official recipe post about chocolate.
Now, I know that in order to reach my health and fitness goals, I can’t constantly be pigging out on chocolate bars and warm fudgey lava cake (my absolute fav).
That’s not going to get me too far.
So I’m always on a mission to come up with healthier recipes that still involve that rich chocolat-ey taste, without the guilt and negative side effects. If you know what I mean.
It’s my pleasure to introduce you to these delicious chocolate almond balls.
Now while we’re sharing secrets, I also have another confession to make. Somehow, over the past few years, I’ve managed to gain the reputation of being the “Balls & Bites Dietitian.” Yes, you heard me.
Balls & Bites.
I’m not quite sure how it happened, but it did.
I don’t know if I’ll ever shake the title because I continue to serve up balls and bites everywhere I go. Why? Because they’re cute, healthy and make a great pop-in-your-purse, gym bag, car, or “I really need some chocolate NOW” kind of snack.
I initially made 150 of these delicious little balls for an “Eating for Energy” presentation at a ladies ski event about a year and a half ago. The funny thing is, I still get phone calls and emails from ladies who attended this event (and they’re friends and friends’ grandmas) requesting this recipe.
In fact, I just got a phone call the other day from a rather panic-struck lady who had lost her energy ball recipe. Now I totally empathize with this lady. I would be pretty distraught if I lost my energy ball recipe too.
Lucky for her, I didn’t lose the recipe. In fact, I have plenty more where this one came from and I’ll be sharing them here for all of you to enjoy! YAY!!!
Now let’s get to the juicy details. My favourite thing about these little balls is there is no sugar added because they are naturally sweetened with dates. Pretty sweet deal, eh? Those dates also happen to add a dose of fiber, which keeps you feeling full for longer.
We can’t forget the almonds (another one of my favs) which provide those healthy monounsaturated fats. AKA great for the heart. And last but not least, there’s unsweetened cocoa powder which lends that rich chocolate taste, and a ton of antioxidants, which is great for the skin and anti-aging! Chocolate….great skin…..and anti-aging?! I’m in.
Can you see why I love these balls so much? Pop em’ in your purse for a quick on the go snack, make them for a party or get together (no one will ever guess they’re healthy). I trick people all the time. Shhhhh!! Or save them for a healthy treat.
Hope you enjoy!!
- 2 cups natural almonds
- 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 15 fresh pitted dates
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
- ¼ cup water
- ¼ cup unsweetened coconut
- Combine almonds, cocoa and cinnamon in food processor. Process until crumbly.
- Add vanilla, dates, coconut oil and water. Process until mixture is combined. If mixture is still dry, add a teaspoon or so of water. The texture should be firm and sticky.
- Remove mixture from processor and form into balls.
- Pour unsweetened coconut into a small bowl and roll the balls in the coconut until well coated.
Store in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for no more than 3 months.
Nutrients per serving:
Servings: 35 • Calories: 47 • Fat: 3.2 g • Carbohydrates: 4.4 g • Fibre: 1.3 g • Protein: 1.4 g • Sugar: 2.6 g • Sodium: 0 mg • Cholesterol: 0 mg