The ultimate healthy dessert?

I’m not big into traditional, sugar-riddled, processed desserts, but I do – like most people – have a penchant for the odd something sweet.  Here’s one of my current favourites that I think you’ll like.

Whilst not something most people would want to wade into everyday, all of the ingredients are all ‘good for you’ and and there’s no absolutely no processed crap included.  In fact, there’s probably more reason to eat these than not to.

Note: I pinched these from a guy called Scott Jurek.  Scott has written a couple of books on Ultramarathon running that I would recommend.  You won’t find me competing across 135miles, nor eating a strict vegan diet, but there’s plenty in these about mindset in particular, and indeed nutrition, that is worth reading.

I imaginatively call these ‘Chocolate Balls’.

Put to following into a blender (preferably a small, good quality one):

  • 1/2 cup raw cacao nibs
  • 10 or so medium dates (get decent ones)
  • 1/2 a cup of raw cashews
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon of chilli flakes (a pinch)
  • 1/8 teaspoon of sea salt (a small pinch)
  • 2 teaspoons of coconut oil (in liquid state)

Blend thoroughly.  The blending can be a bind with the dates sticking if your blender is not great but persevere – scoop it from the sides and blend again.  You might need to do this a couple of times.

Roll the blended mix into balls and stick them in the fridge for 15mins or so.  Will make 12-15 balls.  Note: I use two tablespoons to make quenelles – I’m a bit OCD about cleanliness.

Simple, healthy, ridiculously tasty and will last in the fridge for a couple of weeks.  Enjoy.