Raw Cacao Nut Balls with Orange Oil

This is just a small variation on a theme but boy! what a difference it makes. I urge you to give it a go. You’re taste buds will thank you for it.

240 gm raw, unsalted nuts (My favourite is a mix of 100gm macadamia and 140gm cashews)
30 gm Cacao powder (* See note below)
12 Fresh dates (Make sure you pit them before using)
2 tbs Tahini (I use Tahini made from hulled sesame seeds as the taste is milder than unhulled)
1 tsp Orange Oil (or more to taste)
Container of Desiccated Coconut

Place nuts & Cacao powder in Thermomix and grind for 5 seconds on speed 5
Add dates, Orange oil and Tahini and mix for 50 seconds on speed 9
Form into balls and roll in desiccated coconut Makes approximately 15 balls

If you haven’t got a Thermomix then you will need to use a powerful blender or possibly a food processor.

* Cacao:
Cacao is cold pressed without solvents so that the nutrients are better preserved than in cocoa. Organic Cacao has over 360% more anti-oxidants than regular cocoa, 21 times more than green tea and 7 times more than dark chocolate. Cacao does not raise blood cholesterol and has no caffeine. These balls are a good way to get some calcium into your diet because both cacao powder and tahini contain calcium in usable forms.

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7 Responses to Raw Cacao Nut Balls with Orange Oil

  1. Lorelle Denham says:

    I’ve been using CrioBru which is pure cacao. Comes vacc sealed and crumbled and smells like heaven! Tastes good too! This recipe looks like it is made for Crio Bru!

  2. Playful and Hungry says:

    Sounds and looks delicious!

    • They are so moreish. You’ll have to try them.
      I also made my creamy butternut pumpkin and suede soup again today and it was just wonderful. Very easy to make so perhaps you could try that as well.
      Let me know what you think.
      Thanks for the comment.

  3. Anything you can recommend substituting for the tahini?

    • G’day Patti,
      Do you not like Tahini or is it the oil thats a problem?
      I understand that any nut butter will do the job in place of Tahini but it may alter the taste slightly.
      If it’s the oil thats a problem you can make any nut butter without oil, just grind up the nuts in a high powered blender (I use a Thermomix) until they form into a paste.
      Raw Cashews or Almonds are brilliant.
      I’ll try out the Nut Balls with a few different nut butters and let you know if they taste any good.

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