As far as desserts go, this one’s pretty good for you! Protein, dates, nuts and the superfood qualities of cacao powder, turn this delicious dessert into a guilt-free pleasure.
Date Nut Balls were my all-time favorite growing up and now, while happily living a Paleo lifestyle, I turn to them even more for a quick and easy solution to an indulgence craving.
1 organic, free range egg
2 tablespoons vegan shortening
1 tablespoon coconut palm sugar
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1/2 cup dates, pitted and chopped
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup coconut flour or coconut flakes (if you have a sweeter tooth, use the coconut flakes)
Makes 10 Chocolate Date Nut Balls:
In a medium saucepan, melt the vegan shortening on low heat.
Add the egg, coconut palm sugar and cacao powder and stir quickly until thoroughly blended.
Toss the dates and walnuts into a mixing bowl and pour in the heated mixture.
Stir until the mixture covers the dry ingredients.
Using your hands form the mixture into bite sized dessert balls and hold in place with a tiny sprinkle of coconut flour or coconut flakes.
Place in the refrigerator for about an hour to cool before serving.
For added decadence, dip the date nut balls in Chocolate Sauce and add an extra sprinkle of coconut or mint before placing them in the refrigerator to cool.