Tuesday 1 March 2016

Cocoa & Peanut Butter Balls

Turns out, the healthy snacks off 'free from' aisles in the super market are not so healthy after all. Anything that is best before July 2017 must be loaded with preservatives. So next time you gravitate towards buying 'healthy' bars from the supermarket, consider making similar snacks at home. A good example would be these yummy cocoa & peanut butter balls; they are way healthier and literally take minutes to make.

Whist cooking, I never stick to measurements and throw in things instinctively until it feels right. Miraculously my dishes come together most times! Mentioned below is an approximate measurement of stuff for you to follow not as a rule set in stone but as a general guideline. In your kitchen you are the boss and do what you feel is right! Cooking is more fun when you make it your own! Oh and these quantities should make about 12-15 balls.

2 table spoons raw cacao or cocoa powder 
6-8 dates
1teaspoon agave or maple syrup
2 teaspoons coconut oil 
1/2 cup peanut butter (you want the best quality with no sugar or palm oil)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup almond meal 

Soak the dates in water for a couple of hours to soften. Then melt the coconut oil and put everything   (including softened dates) in your blender and blitz away till it's a smooth paste. 

Start to roll this paste/dough into balls and cover in almond meal lightly so it's not too clingy. Store in fridge and eat when you feel like you need a pre or post lunch pick me up.

These are usually good for about a week. But they never last that long, they are that delicious. 

If you get to try these let me know how you got on. Till next time xx

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