I remember one of the rare treats when I was a kid was my Mums Chocolate Truffles. A ball of chocolatey, biscuity naughtiness rolled in sweet coconut. They were a special occasion food that Mum faithfully trotted out at formal dinner parties, Christmases or as a cooking contribution at a family/friend gathering. You could never just eat one and I remember hovering around the food table watching, waiting for the opportunity to snatch another one and pop it quickly into my mouth before anyone noticed. I was caught out more often than not as my suspiciously bulging cheeks would often give me away. It’s amazing how some foods just transport you back to the magical, carefree days of childhood. This is my healthy version of my Mum’s Chocolate Truffles, one that my daughter Willow calls ‘Yummy Mummy Date Balls’, a name that has stuck. And yes, she takes every opportunity to try and sneak an extra one just like her Mum!
YUMMY MUMMY DATE BALLS
This recipe is super easy and doesn’t take long. I use all organic ingredients where possible.
1 1/2 cups pitted dates
1 cup raw cashews or almonds
2 tablespoons raw cacao
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 teaspoon raw maca powder* (optional)
40-50ml agave syrup
Dessicated coconut for rolling
Place the nuts into a food processor and process until you have a nice crumb consistency. Add the dates and process until chopped well. Add all other ingredients, blend until well combined and mixture stick together. Roll into tablespoon size balls, then roll in coconut. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate.
*Maca powder is a superfood which is native to the Andes mountains. It has many health benefits including boosting energy, increasing fertility, combats migraines and stress, enhances memory, speeds healing, is vitamin packed with B1, B2, B12, C, zinc and calcium to name a few, boosts your immunity and apparently, your libido.