We’re huge chocolate fans around here, to the extent that I’m sometimes a little worried about it, because it’s just not that good for us.  I found some organic, vegan, good for you chocolate bars in our local health food shop, and nice as they are, I don’t think my bank balance can handle a like-for-like replacement.

These bars have the ingredients listed on the packaging, so I thought I’d have a go at doing it myself.  The good thing is, they’re yummy, Ameli loves them and thinks they’re sweets, and they’re pretty easy to make.  The bad thing is, every time I make them they’re different because I tend to use what I have available.

So, here’s a rough go at these yummy ‘chocolatey sweets’ as Ameli calls them!

The basic ingredients are:

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup oats
  • Two tablespoons cocoa powder
  • Something wet: a 1/4 cup apple juice or 2 tablespoons peanut butter, just enough to hold the batter together.
  • You can add a variety of things – nuts, dried fruit, berries

What to do:

  1. Mix everything together in a food processor or blender. You want it well mixed, but not smooth.
  2. Either roll the batter into balls, then around a plate of coconut and place in the fridge. Alternatively spread it out on a baking sheet and refridgerate.
  3. Once set, cut into squares and enjoy.

I don’t actually know how long these last. For us they last about  a day, then I have to make more!

One thing I can say about them, for sure, is that a lot less goes a lot further – a few of these are sweet enough to ‘hit the spot’ for a lot longer than normal chocolate does. With normal chocolate I need another hit in a couple of hours. With these I’m normally satisfied.  Additionally, the energy that  comes from these lasts longer and doesn’t bring a ‘crash’.

These chocolate date balls are an amazing treat – try them!


“Chocolate” Date Ball Snack

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