Chocolate Date Balls
1 cup blanched almonds (any almonds with no skin- if you don’t have then just use regular raw almonds)
1 ½ cups pitted Medjool Dates
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
4 tablespoons shredded unsweetened coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-4 teaspoons of water
Take your dates and cut them open to ensure there are no pits inside. If your dates aren’t very soft then soak them in hot water for ten minutes. Strain the water.
Place the almonds in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the blade attachment. Process the almonds for 15 seconds in the machine. Add the cocoa powder and coconut and blend for another 10 seconds. Then add the dates and vanilla to the bowl and mix process for 30 seconds. The mixture should look like gravel or dirt. (Doesn’t this sound yummy?)
With the processor running, stream in the first two teaspoons of water if needed. Whether you need water sometimes depends on the moistness of your dates. Try scooping a heaping teaspoon and roll into a ball between your hands. If it sticks you are good and don’t need the water. If it is too crumbly, then add a drop at a time until you get the right consistency. You want the mixture to come together and form a sticky ball. Scoop tablespoon size balls, and roll them into truffle looking bites - almost like making a meatball.