Choconut balls – date and walnut
These are high in protein, fibre, gluten free, a good vegetarian source of omega 3 fats, no added sugar – just the natural sweetness of the dates. Note they are not suitable for a low fodmap diet due to the high oligofructan content, but great for a mid afternoon boost!
I’ve used a very simple method and in the Uk the ingredients are packaged in these quantities – its annoying when you have a few grams of ingredients left in the pack and not sure what to do with them!
200g dates – pitted
2 tablespoons water
2 dsp cocoa powder
1. Chop up the nuts in a grinder until very fine and then place them in a bowl.
2. Blend the dates ensuring there are no stones still inside! Add 2 tablespoons water to help the process along.
3 . Add the cocoa to the dates and and stir in the nuts until you incorporated all the ingredients – adding little more water to get a mixture you can shape.
4. Roll the mixture into small balls – I made 25 of these and then rolled some of the balls in cocoa powder to finish. They are more bitter with the cocoa finish – I quite them that way but my teenage boys liked them plain.
Pop in the fridge to set and enjoy!
(per ball: 83kcals, 5.6g fat, 6.4g carbohydrate, 1.5g protein)