I've been making these little balls of sweet goodness for a few weeks now. They are the perfect sweet treat for those moments when you crave something sweet but know you shouldn't. They look and taste like they are too good to be healthy but contain no sugar or fat.
They are naturally sweetened with a mixture of dried fruit such as dates, sultanas, prunes and figs or whatever you have on hand along with cocoa, nuts and peanut butter. This latest batch contains dried cranberries rather than sultanas and figs because I like the crunchy texture of the fig seeds. You could coat them in coconut, cocoa, finely chopped nuts or toasted sesame seeds too or make them even healthier by adding chai seeds or flaxseeds.
Here's the basic recipe which I always double as 10 balls is not enough ;-) ....
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter (crunchy or smooth)
- 1/2 cup dates, soaked in boiling water then chopped finely
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup dried sultanas
- 1/3 cup dried prunes, soaked in boiling water then chopped finely
- 1/2 cup unsalted peanuts finely chopped
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix well to form a tight mixture.
- Use wet hands to mould 10 balls, squeezing mixture tightly so it sticks together.
- Place in refrigerator to chill for 2 hours or overnight. Store chilled in a sealed container for up to 10 days, if they last that long....