Sunday, 19 August 2012

Quick choc-mint fix treat balls

My girls requested these non-stop over our recent trip home to Australia in the July 2012 school holidays. They are a variation of my original treat ballsGreat if you don't have raw cacao beans or nibs on hand. Stick to the basic recipe or mix up to your preference. If you don't have the seeds just add more nuts. 

20g flaxseeds (linseeds) or chia
80g raw walnuts (or a mix of your fave nuts)
100g fresh dates, pitted
100g mixed dried fruit (e.g. blueberries, sultanas, prunes, cherries, goji or more dates)
4 tbsp raw cacao
5 drops 100% pure peppermint essential oil 
1 tsp vanilla bean paste (optional)
pinch salt


1. Add seeds and nuts to the TM bowl and grind into a fine powder on speed 9 for about 20-30 seconds.

2. Add all remaining ingredients and mix on speed 8 for about 30 seconds until the mixture comes together well and is able to be shaped into balls. If the mixture is a little dry which will depend on the ingredient combination you use, simply mix a little longer to release more oils from the nuts and seeds, or you may need to add a little coconut oil.

3. Shape into approximately 15 balls. Roll in desiccated coconut or enjoy as is. Store in the refrigerator for up to a week, if they last that long! 

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UPDATE (March 2013): For an adults only version, grind a couple of coffee beans with the nuts & seeds for a coffee flavour. I discovered this flavour sensation after grinding some coffee beans first and leaving remnants of the powder in the TM bowl before making this recipe without peppermint oil (+ vanilla) . .  you could always add a little liquor as a flavouring option too :)

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  1. Wow, just made these for the first time. AMAZING!

    1. Glad you like them :) They are still a regular in our household! I'm only into good-quality vegan chocolate these days which costs a fortune, so these are my quick and easy to make healthy dark chocolate hit ;) I swap between flavouring with peppermint and orange oils.

  2. Love these! Made them for the kids but ate them all myself LOL.... just made another batch and used vanilla instead of peppermint which was a bit too 'exotic' for the simple tastes of my little ones! Great recipe.