Chocolate and coconut date balls combine two of my favourite things in an easy, on-the-go snack. I usually make energy balls with sunflower seeds or a combination of seeds and nuts – my walnut cookie dough energy bites were my top pick until this recipe came along.
The base of these is made with hemp hearts, so these are creamy bites with plenty of coconut and a rich chocolate flavour. The hemp just mixes right in with everything else and you don’t even notice it, so it’s more like a chocolate coconut truffle.
Of course dates are pretty high in fruit sugar so don’t go crazy, but it’s still better than a bar of milk chocolate. The protein, fat, and fibre help with slowing down your absorption of the sugars so you shouldn’t crash.
Ingredient Notes and Substitutions
- Dates: this can be any type of date. I usually use the less expensive deglet noor. Soak for half an hour in hot water and drain before blending if the dates are quite dry.
- Coconut: this should be unsweetened and either shredded or desiccated. Don’t use flake coconut.
- Cocoa: any kind is fine. Dutch process will give a milder overall flavour than using raw cacao, but both taste good in the balls.
It’s optional to roll the balls in chocolate, and does take a little more time, but adds to the recipe. They are also easier to transport if they have been rolled in coconut and last longer at room temperature this way.
How to Store
Storage: keep in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Freezing: freeze in an airtight container for up to three months. These can be eaten from frozen.
- Add milk: if the dates are a bit dry, or you sub something else for the hemp, the balls might need a splash of milk to hold together.
- Use hemp hearts: these are hulled hemp seeds, and are soft as is. Hemp seeds contain the hull and are hard and crunchy, not suitable here.
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Chocolate Coconut Bliss Balls
- 80 grams hemp hearts
- 50 grams shredded unsweetened coconut
- 120 grams dates soft
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder optional
- Tiny pinch salt
- Additional coconut for rolling
- Place the hemp, coconut, dates, cocoa, coconut oil, vanilla, and salt into a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Blend on high for 1-2 minutes, or until a dough that holds when pressed forms.80 grams hemp hearts, 50 grams shredded unsweetened coconut, 120 grams dates, 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla powder, Tiny pinch salt
- Use your hands to form small balls, about the size of walnuts, and roll them in the extra coconut. Store in the refrigerator up to one week or in the freezer for up to three months.Additional coconut
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