How to make delicious no-bake cacao treats

I make a batch of these as a yummy, healthy snack to keep me going throughout the day.

Packed full of delicious, antioxidant-rich and energy-boosting ingredients like raw cacao, almonds and cashews, these little balls of delight are perfect to kick those 3.30pm chocolate cravings.

The best thing about this recipe is … it’s so simple! And if you don’t have quite the right quantities or ingredients, it doesn’t matter. Play around with different nuts or different additions (such as protein powder). My bestie even uses raw peanut butter in hers. YUMO!

Ingredients

1 cup pitted dates, soaked for 15 minutes in a bowl of water

1 cup nuts (you can use any mix, but I like almonds and cashews)

1/3 cup raw cacao powder (I use Fairtrade or organically/sustainably produced products)

1/2 cup shredded or desiccated coconut

1-2 tbsp locally produced chia seeds

1 tbsp coconut oil

More coconut for decoration

Equipment

Blender

Mixing bowl

Chopping board

Greaseproof paper

Wooden spoon

 

Method

1. Blend the nuts until they form a breadcrumb-like texture

2. Add the nuts, dates, cacao powder, coconut and coconut oil to a mixing bowl. Mix hard with a wooden spoon or blend until the mixture starts to stick together. (You may need to add a little more water or coconut oil for this. The mixture needs to be able to be moulded into balls).

3. Add the chia seeds and mix well with a wooden spoon.

4. Lie a sheet of greaseproof paper or a reusable baking mat on a chopping board and tip a pile of coconut on top.

5. Use a spoon to measure out a portion of the mixture, roll into a ball with your hands, then roll the ball in the coconut and place on a plate.

6. Repeat until all the mixture has been rolled into balls.

7. Pop the plate into the fridge for 12 hours and voila! A delicious, healthy snack is ready to eat!

Enjoy! xx

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Charli Ferrand

Charli wrote her first novel at the tender age of 9, then dabbled in the idea of becoming a professional ballerina for a few years, before returning to her love of writing, acquiring a BA (Hons) in Journalism, Film & Broadcast from Cardiff University in the UK. A three-month holiday in Australia turned into a 11 year residency, during which Charli cemented her career in PR & Marketing Communications working with some of the biggest brands in the world. She also gained her citizenship, discovered her passion for sustainability and eventually ended up coming full circle, combining her professional skills with her love of the planet and oceans into her role as Editor-in-Chief of Earth Collective. A trained journalist, experienced communications professional and qualified Mental Health First Aider, Charli has her finger on the pulse of the latest political and environmental developments around the world. You can find her writing about current affairs, political activism and mental health.

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