I had to whip up a quick treat for a “pot luck” party last night, so I turned to my trusty Vitamix to blend together a concoction of things I had in my kitchen and turn them into deliciously sweet chocolaty balls in just 10 minutes.
Here’s how it went:
- 2 small handfuls of almonds
- 6 pitted medjool dates
- handful of goji berries
- large handful of coconut flakes
- 1 tablespoon of raw cacao
- two tablespoons of almond butter
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- sprinkle of pink himalayan sea salt
Blend, roll into individual balls and chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes before serving. They will keep in the fridge for at least a week — if they survive that long!
Tip #1: Beautify your balls.
I didn’t do this last night, but if you want to pretty them up a little just lightly dab each ball with water (to get them sticky) and roll in desiccated coconut to finish.
Tip #2: Yes, almonds AND almond butter.
This may seem unnecessary, but they both offer different textures. When you grind up the whole almonds in this mixture they will help add a little crunch, while the smooth creamy texture of the almond butter will help stick the balls together (and so will the honey).
Tip #3: Blend dry and wet ingredients separately.
If you don’t have a mighty powerful blender like a Vitamix, it’s best to separate the ingredients into textures and blend separately.
Blend the dry ingredients (almonds, coconut, cacao, salt) together until the almonds have ground down (chunks are fine). Remove and put aside. Then blend the wet ingredients — dates, goji berries, almond butter, honey and vanilla extract until they combine into a thick, chunky paste. Add the dry mixture, pulsing and shifting until combined.
Tip #4: Don’t forget to remove the pip from the dates!
I made this mistake once. It was one VERY noisy lesson and a beautiful batch wasted. The screeching of the blender blades still haunt my ears!