OMG Date Balls

Happy Tuesday Everyone! I hope you all had a great three-day weekend!

Chris and I went to my Uncle Tom’s cabin in Grand Rapids, MN for Saturday and Sunday to enjoy the HEATWAVE! People, it has been almost 90° here! While that temperature may not be surprising for those of you who live in more southern states, it’s the fact that it went from 40° to 90° pretty much over night.

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The weather was amazing and the company even better. It’s so great to spend time with my aunts, uncles, cousins, grandma and of course Christopher. The time seems to fly by.

So speaking of summer time hot weather, if you are looking for a perfect dessert  that requires like no work and no oven, than look no further and pay attention! Ok you don’t really need to focus that hard, because the recipe is super easy and there are only 3 ingredients!

photo 1Ingredients:

2 cups of raw walnuts

1 cup pitted dates

4 tbsp cocoa powder

These date balls work best with a food processor, and will be done in seconds. First, dump the walnuts into the food processor and blend until the walnuts are very fine and there aren’t any big chunks. The finer the walnuts, the better the consistency of the final product will be, so don’t skimp on this step! Now add in the dates and cocoa powder and blend until it has a dough like consistency and is starting to stick together. Then, with a melon baller or spoon scoop the mixture and roll into balls with your hands. And now you’re done!

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*Sometimes we add a little peanut butter and blend it into the mix before forming the balls…if you’re a big peanut butter person. You could also role the formed balls into coconut or powdered sugar if you’re heart desires (I have a heck of a time finding unsweetened coconut in northern MN so I usually don’t). Store in the refrigerator and enjoy!

You will take one bite and think Oh My Goodness (OMG) how can something so simple be so good. They are delicious and will satisfy your sweet tooth while providing healthy fat and rich dark chocolate flavor.

~Alyssa

 

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