If you know me then you know that dark chocolate and raspberries are my two absolute favourites, and a combination of these two is pure joy for me! Unfortunately, raspberries are not in season now in the UK, but that didn't stop me from finding a way and creating these Chocolate and Raspberry Raw Balls! They're vegan, gluten-free, with no added sugar or flavourings, so they make the perfect healthy and tasty snack. These Chocolate and Raspberry Raw Balls are on the bittersweet side, just as dark chocolate, while the tartness of the freeze-dried raspberry pieces balances out the sweetness of the dates just nicely. Of course, you can use less raspberry and a few more dates for a sweeter flavour. Anyway, I hope you'll give these a try and enjoy them as much as I did! 💝
Chocolate and Raspberry Raw Balls
Prep time: 10 min
Total time: 40 min
Servings: 20-22 balls
· 50g raw pumpkin seeds · 50g raw cashews · 50g raw brazil nuts · 50g raw hazelnuts · 125g pitted dates · 2 tbsp cocoa powder · 1 tbsp coconut oil
· 1 ½ tbsp freeze-dried raspberries plus more for coating (you’ll need about 10g in total)
1. Blend the nuts in a food processor for about 1 minute. 2. Add the dates, cocoa powder and coconut oil and blend until well-combined. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and stir in the 1 ½ tbsp of the freeze-dried raspberry pieces. 3. To make the balls, scoop out about a tablespoon of the mixture and using your hands, roll it into small balls. If the mixture is too sticky, you can add a little bit of coconut oil to the palm of your hands before rolling the balls. 4. Roll the balls into the raspberry pieces until evenly coated and pop them into an airtight container. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. 5. These Chocolate and Raspberry Raw Balls can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Tip: Feel free to use another combination of nuts or just one type. I like to mix them as they all provide different flavours and nutrients.
Tip: If the dates seem too dry, pour over some boiling water and soak them for 5-10 minutes.
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