Who doesn’t need a chocolate fix every now and again…and again…and again?!?
This recipe was passed along to me by a fellow chocolate addict from A Raw Food/Vegetarian website, and they are delish. Don’t let the raw, vegetarian tag scare you–just means they are extra-healthy.
A little longer than I like for prep time, but just because I’m impatient doesn’t mean I shouldn’t pass them along to you all!
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Soak Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Yield: 14 bonbons
- 1 cup dates, tightly packed, preferably medjool
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup agave nectar, honey or maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Pinch sea salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
- 3/4 cup chopped soaked nuts, (almonds, walnuts, pecans, macadamia)
- 1/4 cup dried fruit (raisins, cherries, cranberries, blueberries)
Place the dates in a food processor and process on high speed for 10 seconds. Add the coconut oil, agave nectar, cardamom, cinnamon, sea salt and vanilla and process again for 10 to 20 seconds or until the mixture is thoroughly combined and the consistency of marzipan. Add the cacao powder and process again for another 10 seconds.
Transfer to a mixing bowl, add the chopped nuts and dried fruit and mix well. Use an ice cream scooper with a release lever, or a spoon, to scoop out your desired size of bonbon onto a parchment paper lined plate or tray. Chill for at least 30 minutes.