These can be a great ‘go to’ for when you’re after something a little sweet … and the best thing is… they’re actually ridiculously good for you. 😉
You can make them in about 5-10 minutes… depending on how fast you can roll them into balls.
Watch out… your kids will love them too!
Walnut: High in Omega 3 and anti-oxidants
Cacao powder: Feeds your good gut bacteria, high in anti-oxidants
Dates: Good source of iron (as well as loads of other important minerals)
Green tea and black currant powder: These are optional, but they do add a lot of extra goodies… prebiotics and anti-oxidants
Recipe credit: Adapted from ‘Model chocolate’ by Abigail O’Neil (a great raw chocolate book).
- 1 ½ cups walnuts
- ½ tsp vanilla
- ¾ raw cacao powder
- 1 ½ cups pitted medjool dates (note: dates are high in FODMAPs)
- Pinch sea salt
- Optional: 3 tsp Matcha Green tea and/or 3 tsp black currant powder.
- In the food processor, whiz everything together until the mixture begins to bind, but still retains some texture.
- Remove and use hands to form balls.
- Store in a glass container.
- Keep in fridge until ready to eat.
IS THIS RECIPE RIGHT FOR YOU?
While these little balls of yumminess are great for most people, they’re not for everyone. In fact, we usually recommend trying this recipe towards the end of your gut health journey.
Why? Dates are super high in FODMAPs and can cause severe bloating.
There’s also histamine intolerance and oxalate toxicity to consider – good bye cacao, matcha and nuts!
So, if you try this recipe and ‘react’, you might want to come back and try it again later.
Remember when it comes to FODMAPs and histamine, it’s all about quantity and threshold. So while enjoying one of these tasty little goodies might be ok… two or three could quickly turn into a belly ache.