Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Chocolate Salty Balls

I am more of a savory girl than a sweet.....(all puns intended) but there is a certain time of the month that sweet is needed.  Maybe I crave sweets in some attempt to replace the sweet part of me that goes missing around the same time I start to crave it.....maybe in every life a little chocolate must fall.

The tough part is trying to stick with eating right when you have cravings. These are easy.  I mean it

These are my Chocolate Salty Balls......my Paleo Chocolate Salty Balls.  They are a little misshapen -  I rested them on a hot stove too long.

Nutty Chocolate Salty Balls
1 cup roasted almonds
Approx 18 pitted dates
4 tbsp pure cocoa powder
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
pinch of salt

Chocolate Drizzle
1/2 cup pure coco butter
1/4 cup pure cocoa powder
3 tbsp raw honey

Place the almonds, dates, cocoa and salt in a food processor.  Blend until dates are creamed and almonds are the size of rice grains or smaller.  Slowly add in the coconut oil pulsing after every addition.  Add just enough to make it tacky.  Roll into balls and place on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet.  Refrigerate until your balls have firmed up.

You can go ahead and eat these tender delicate balls now but adding a chocolate drizzle adds the 'glisten'.

For the drizzle - melt the coco butter in a double broiler or place a bowl on top of a pot of boiling water.  Whisk in the cocoa powder.  Once completely combined add the honey slowly

Stealing kid hand

I like to set up the balls on a cooling rack that is on top of a silpat or parchment.  I am not fancy about this and just pour a spoonful over the top of each ball letting it drip down. Once done put them back in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.  Then eat.

I have made many versions of this dessert.  Just stick with the ratios and you can be as creative as you want.  Here is a nut free school treat/bake sale version

Nut Free Chocolate Salty Balls
1 1/4 cups toasted Sunflower seeds
Approx 18 pitted dates
4 tbsp pure cocoa powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
pinch of salt

or how about Chocolate Peanut Butter Balls?
1 1/2 cups roasted peanuts
8-10 pitted dates
Blend 1/2 the peanuts first until they are peanut butter then add in the remaining peanuts, dates, salt and the cocoa powder 

or Chocolate Cherry Balls ?
replace dates with dried sweet cherry
Cherries are pretty sweet so I prefer these rolled in cocoa powder

or Chocolate Hazelnut Balls?
replace almonds with hazelnuts

Well, there's no beating my Balls (you could make these into cubes or smalls bars but it just isn't Alec Baldwin enough for me)


1 comment:

Selena said...

These belong in my mouth RIGHT NOW. Not just any set of balls will do.