Raw chocolate pudding balls

I am so excited about this recipe! RAW CHOCOLATE PUDDING BALLS! This was actually one of the first recipes I developed for my website but I have come back to it this year and hopefully made it even better for you! So a lot of my raw ball recipes use ground almonds as the main ingredient but for these I used dates. I also add some Christmas spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg to give it that seasonal touch! Because you have to add christmas spices to a chocolate pudding right!?

Here’s a few things to know about dates:

  • Dates are an excellent source of energy and fibre
  • They contain a significant amount of minerals that contribute to strengthening bones and reducing risk of osteoporosis
  • They are great for your digestive system
  • They are also a source of potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc
  • They make an excellent base ingredient for chocolate pudding balls!

Ingredients (makes 12 chocolate pudding balls)

  • 12 medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 1/4 cup of ground almonds
  • 1/4 cup of cacao powder (or cocoa powder)
  • 1 teaspoon of nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon

For the icing

  • 1/2 a cup of icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of water
  • A chopped up mint leaf (may use pumpkin seeds instead)
  • A handful of dried cranberries

Method

  • Remove the stone from the dates and cut into pieces into a bowl. Soak in boiling water for 1 hour.
  • Drain the dates and use a fork to smooth together (they will be moist from the water which is how they should be as it makes them easier to work with).
  • Use a fork to combine the honey and the ground almonds with the dates.
  • Add the cacao powder, cinnamon and nutmeg and combine until you achieve a smooth dough like mixture.
  • Roll the mixture into 12 round chocolate pudding balls and leave in the fridge for an hour.

For the icing

  • In a bowl, mix together the icing sugar and water until you have a silky smooth icing.
  • Drizzle the icing over the chilled balls (as shown in pictures)
  • Place one dried cranberry and a little piece of mint leaf on top of each of the 12 mini chocolate pudding balls.
  • Leave to chill for another half hour and then enjoy!

And there you have it- 12 deliciously nutritious raw mini chocolate Christmas puddings!

Enjoy!

SHK x

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