If you’re anything like me, you’re in a constant battle between ‘you only live once’ and ‘that’s the 4th bar of chocolate you’ve had in 2 hours’. During the day, I’m a couple of snacks kind of girl but as soon as my evening meal hits my stomach, the cravings kick in and the willpower goes out the window.
In an effort to find something that isn’t absolutely horrendous for my health once it does, I turned to Natasha Corrett. Her recipe book, Honestly Healthy, is full of good-for-you foods you can make from home.
While I did, naturally, opt for one of the only one with the word chocolate in its title, these balls of coconut goodness have actually done the trick. I’m sure you’re supposed to make a batch last more than a couple of days for them to qualify as healthy but that’s beside the point.
Here’s how to make them (spoiler alert: it’s the easiest recipe in the world).
What you’re going to need:
- 10 dates
- 25g almonds
- 200g coconut
- 2tbsp coconut oil
- 2tbsp water
- 50g cacao powder
- 30g Agave syrup
Natasha’s recipe also says to include xylitol. I’ll be honest I still haven’t bothered to google what that actually is but feel free to add that too.
You literally mix all the ingredients together in a bowl – I told you it was easy! You do need to pit the dates before you do though. It’s a good idea to start out with a few ingredients at a time too so you don’t break the food processor. I speak from experience.
Ella suggests starting with the cacao, almonds and dates, mixing until you’re left with a chunky paste. I have never been left with a chunky paste. I’d describe it as more of a breadcrumb texture but it works. Once you’ve got something that resembles one or the other, add the rest of the ingredients and blend together. I personally prefer mine to be quite smooth so I don’t hold back on the blending but that’s your call.
Shape the mixture into balls and you’re good to go!
You’re then supposed to bake them for 10 minutes at 280 degrees. I’m going to go ahead and say don’t. They’re much more moist if you pop them straight in the fridge in my opinion. You could always bake half your balls and see which you prefer though.
That really is all there is to it.
These chocolate coconut balls are definitely not the most cost-effective way to snack (a box of dates will set you back a couple of pounds at least) but the end product is so worth it. Popping a couple of these in my lunch box has saved me spending on other snacks that claim to be healthy but aren’t and I hope it’ll do the same for you.