Chocolate Coconut Almond Balls

March is National Nutrition Month, so I spend the month celebrating and educating at my place of employment. :) Tomorrow, the department heads are having a “healthy” carry-in for lunch. We’ll see how “healthy” the dishes are… I’ll be the judge. ;) Normal carry-ins consist of fat-loaded dips, butter & sugar laden baked goods, and enough calories for the entire day… hopefully tomorrow’s is a bit more clean & green. hehe.

I decided to try a new recipe, courtesy of fANNEtastic food: Chocolate Coconut Almond Balls.

Ingredients: (makes about 6 balls)

  • 2 fresh pitted Medjool dates
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds (unsalted)
  • 1 Tbsp. dark chocolate chips
  • 1 Tbsp. oats
  • 1 Tbsp. water (to help it stick)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut (for rolling)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Instructions:

1.  Pour coconut onto a plate and set aside.

2. Place the rest of the ingredients (except coconut) into a food processor. Process about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

3. Wet hands (do this each time before you form the balls – it will help everything stick) and then form mixture into ball shapes. The recipe should yield about 6 balls.

4. Roll balls in coconut mixture.

Recommendations:

  • Do not try and quadruple the recipe (like I did) because the almonds do not have enough room to get chopped up in the food processor. If you would like more than 6 balls, just repeat the recipe until you have the amount you would like.
  • My food processor was a bit of a pain… and the food was getting stuck beneath the blades. I had better luck with my single serving chopper.

 

Nutrition-Chocolate Coconut Almond Balls

:) Happy National Nutrition Month

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