Monday, February 20, 2017

sea salted chocolate date balls

I struggle to find something good to eat at work. I usually eat all the larabars and larabites but find they can be a bit dry so I decided after months of having date bites pinned on pintrest to give them a go. Making these isn't really any quicker or easier to clean up after as a batch of cookies but they do taste better than their pre-packaged counterparts and the best part is you can put what ever you like in them.

What you will need (makes about 19 balls)
  • pitted dates (I bought mine in the baking isle, and used half the package)
  • nuts of your choice (I used salted peanuts)
  • dark chocolate
  • large sea salt flakes
  • food chopper (I have a kitchen aid mini one) 
  • wax paper

How to make
  1. My dates came in a brick so I took about half the package and hand chopped it to be in smaller pieces. Place the chopped dates in a food processor and pulse until broken up and soft (this is actually pretty hard the dates are sticky and take a few minutes to break down properly) near the end when they are almost into small bits add in the peanuts and pulse until combined.
  2. Transfer to a small bowl.
  3. Using a tablespoon scoop out the date mixture and form into a ball with your hands, place on wax paper.
  4. Melt your dark chocolate and dip half the date ball in the chocolate. Let cool slightly and sprinkle with sea salt.
  5. Keep the balls in the fridge until ready to eat, they should keep fresh for the week ahead. 

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