Orange Cacao Nut Balls (without Tahini)

This is yet another small variation on a theme but it just keeps on getting better. This recipe was prompted by friends who didn’t like the hint of Tahini in the previous versions, so using the less is more principle or the KISS approach (Keep It Simple Stupid) I altered the ingredients yet again and to my surprise the taste improved yet again. Now there’s no need to feel guilty indulging in Belgian chocolates because you won’t want anything else but these and they’re so healthy. No sugar, milk or nasty additives, just pure delight.
Be warned however, they are very filling and extremely more-ish.

Ingredients:
240 gm raw, unsalted nuts (My favourite is a mix of 100gm macadamia and 140gm cashews)
30 gm Cacao powder (* See note below)
10 Fresh dates (Make sure you pit them before using)
1 tsp Orange Oil and/or (if you dare!) 1.5 tbsp Rum
Container of Desiccated Coconut

Method:
Place nuts & Cacao powder in Thermomix and grind for 5 seconds on speed 5
Add dates and Orange oil (and/or Rum) and mix for 50 seconds on speed 9
Form into balls and roll in desiccated coconut Makes approximately 12 balls

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