Coconut date balls from Maura
When you’re reading this our whole30 is over (whiehoo!!) but I just had to share this recipe for coconute date balls, because paleo or no paleo, this are always good! Charlotte was with me for a day of cooking and normally we dive into lots of decadent stuff with lots of cream and sugar like this delicious Charlotte or how about the golden oldie of this limoncello trifle?
But as it is the whole30 and decadent desserts don’t really mix very well and so we had to find an alternative.
But what would it be? Paleo pancakes are not allowed and I kind of guessed that finding a paleo approved chocolate mousse would be somewhat frowned upon. Plus it would probably have some unapproved items anyway. So what to do… I can’t even remember what it was I was looking for but I ended up on Maura’s blog. You know Maura, from Yellow Lemon Tree Blog. (love her blog!) She is doing a trip around the world at the moment and is having a blast. Anyway, somewhere last year Maura did a detox and she made this particular recipe for coconut date balls. And her detox was not that different from our whole30 so bingo! That would make the perfect ‘dessert’ even though it’s more of a coffee snack.
And let me tell you; these are ridiculously delicious! Soft, sticky and deliciously sweet because of the dates. There is not a grain of sugar added and it has all natural products inside. We ended up making a double batch because well… we snacked on a few during the making and of course Charlotte wanted to bring some home with her. Plus it would make the perfect snack for Tom to bring to the market. Filling, delicious and easy to carry. So even tough we are back to normal eating this one would still be a winner, no matter how you eat. I will definitely be making these again and again!
Coconut date balls
Yield: Makes about 28 balls
- 300 gram soft dates. I used medjool dates for this
- 150 gram white almonds or almond shavings
- 2 tbsp raw cocoa
- 4 tbsp chia seeds
- 4 tbsp grated coconut
- Remove the stones from the dates and add them together with the almonds in a foodprocessor. Leave this to turn until well mixed. It will become one large clump of sticky stuff so you will have to break it down with a wooden spoon every once in a while. Once the dates and the almonds are sufficiently mixed together turn it off.
- Add the cocoa powder, the chia seeds and the grated coconut and mix this well into the date mixture. use your hands to make little balls out of it. Place two plates with coconut and one with sesameseeds and roll the balls through them until they are covered.
- You can keep them in a well sealed container for a week outside of the fridge or two weeks in the fridge. But I guarantee you they will not last that long!