Sweet Treats

28 Oct Sweet Treats

Chocolate Bliss Balls

A healthy, guilt free alternative to chocolate to ward off any cravings. In my opinion, these little bites of heaven are a healthy version of chocolate truffles. (Pictured far right)

What you need

1 c medjool dates, pitted
¼ c cacao powder
½ c coconut oil

Topping (optional)
1/3 c finely grated coconut for coating

What you do

  • Soak the dates for about 20 – 30 minutes in luke warm water
  • Slice dates in half & remove pits
  • With clean hands mix dates and coconut oil together until combined
  • Add cacao powder to mixture & continue to blend until well combined
  • Optional to add nuts of choice to mixture (walnuts, hazel nuts or hemp seeds work well)
  • Form 1 tsp of mixture into balls with hands
  • Once balls are formed roll to coat in topping if desired. Coconut works great but you can leave plain for the maximum chocolate flavor.

Cacao is the raw form of chocolate, where cocoa is the roasted version of the beloved chocolate.  Sure to satisfy the chocoholic.

 

Gingerbread Balls

What you need

2 c raw organic almonds, walnuts or pecans (or a combo of 2 or 3 of these)
6 Medjool dates, pitted
3 Tbsp unsulphered organic blackstrap molasses
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2-inch fresh ginger, peeled or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
dash ground cloves
dash ground nutmeg
pinch  sea salt

Makes 18-24, depending on the size

For Rolling

shredded unsweetened coconut (optional)

What you do

  • Add all of the ingredients, except the coconut, to your food processor. Process until a sticky dough ball forms. There will be some visible bits of nuts! Roll the dough with your hands into 1 1/2-inch balls and place onto a parchment paper lined sheet or tray. If it’s sticking to your hands too much, lightly wet them with a little water.

 

(Pictured far left)

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bites

What you need

1 1/2 cups  rolled oats
2 Tbsp coconut oil (softened)
2 Tbsp organic peanut butter (or other nut butter)
1/4 c maple syrup or other liquid sweetener
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 c almond meal
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 Tbsp dark chocolate, chopped (I used dairy-free chocolate chips)

What you do

  • Prepare the almond meal by blending almonds in a blender or processing in a food processor until they are a flour like consistency. Set aside.
  • In the blender or food processor, process oats until a fine flour forms. Set aside.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine softened oil, peanut butter, maple syrup, and vanilla. Beat with a hand mixer until smooth. Add in the almond meal, oat flour and salt. Beat again until well combined. Fold in the chopped dark chocolate.
  • Roll the dough into small balls (about 1 Tbsp of dough). Place the finished bites on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Freeze bites for 5-10 minutes, or until firm. Store bites in the freezer in an air-tight container or freezer bag for quick access later.

 

(Pictured second from end on far right.) Source: Oh She Glows Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites

 

Click here to get Coconut Cashew Lemon Drop Recipe (second to left in picture)

Sharlene Styles
sharlene@PureNaturalHealth.ca
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