This gluten-free, vegan, refined sugar-free and tasty snack is a wonderful way to kick off your day in the morning. Especially on those days you wake up and all you want is some cake for breakfast…
But you know the first meal of the day is the most important, therefore you simply can’t feed your body harmful sugars and fats. That’s when you open up the pantry drawer and take out the nuts!
This recipe is a bit different from the ones you see on the internet. I used dried prunes along with dates. Prunes are loaded with potassium, vitamin A,B-6 and K; also contain a significant amount of fiber. When we consume fruits with high fiber content, our blood sugar will not hike up, because the body is busy processing the fiber and the vitamins. This will help with weight loss.
Prunes are richer in vitamin A and vitamin K, and lower in calories when compared to dates. Dates and prunes together added a pleasantly sourish flavor to the recipe.
This raw cocoa ball snack pairs wonderfully with some Turkish coffee or any black coffee in the morning. Most mornings I bring some to work and share with my team.
I hope you try this recipe as soon as today and leave me a comment below.
RAW COCOA POWER BALLS
Prep time: 15 minutes | Cook time: 0 minutes | Total time: 15 minutes
1/2 cup raw almonds
3/4 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raw cashews
2 Tbsp. raw unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup chopped dates
4 chopped dried prunes
1 to 2 Tbsp. water
1. Put the almonds, walnuts, cashews, cocoa powder and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the nuts break down and combine with the other ingredients.
2. Add the dates and prunes, and the water. Run the food processor until the mixture becomes thick and sticky.
3. Scoop pieces of the mixture and get creative. You can them into balls in your palms, or use a knife, like I did, and make them cubes. Line them up on a baking sheet and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour.
One last thing I want to mention is that you should always wash dried fruits before eating. Supermarkets might spray these items with chemicals to extend shelf life. Do not let these chemicals shorten YOUR shelf life. I soak them in lukewarm water for ten minutes.
When you try this recipe, don’t forget to snap a photo and share it with others!
(You can also tag me, of course:) IG: mugejones)