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.

Ingredients:
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

Method:
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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