There are many recipes for chocolate balls. Some of the recipes are not nutritious at all (full of sugar and other health-saddening ingredients) and some are very nutritious (sweetened with fruit and full of nutritious ingredients).
This recipe is nutritious (of course) and yummy! The chocolate flavor comes from cocoa powder (or cacao powder) with a bit of carob powder to up the nutritional value. If you like the flavor of carob, increase the ratio of carob powder to cocoa powder. If you prefer a more chocolaty flavor, add less (or no) carob powder.
Sesame seeds up the nutritional value and add a bit of crunch. If you prefer a smoother texture, leave them out.
If you like coconut, coat the balls in coconut. If you love coconut!, add some to the mixture.
This dessert satisfies the sweet tooth and nourishes the body at the same time. Yumtritious!
Makes 20-24 balls,
depending on size and how much dough you snitch while making them 🙂
1 cup medjool dates, pits removed and cut in halves or quarters
1/4 cup tahini paste (from whole sesame seeds is best)
1/4 cup cocoa powder or combination of cocoa powder and carob powder
Pinch of ground nutmeg
1 Tbsp sesame seeds (optional)
Unsweetened shredded coconut for coating the balls (optional)
- Place all the ingredients in a food processor, and process until they are all combined.
- Roll the dough into balls.
- (Optional) Roll the balls in the shredded coconut.
- I doubled the recipe, so the pictures show more balls than you will get without doubling it.
- The dates should be soft when you place them in the food processor. If you keep the dates in the refrigerator, let them come to room temperature before using them.