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!

bon bons

 

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Soak Time: 1 hour

Total Time: 1 hour, 20 minutes

Yield: 14 bonbons

Ingredients:

  • 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)

Preparation:

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.

You could probably get away without soaking the nuts…you decide [and insert joke about it here]



Comments

  1. These sound great! After my gastroenterologist suggested I give up caffeine my wife started buying decaffeinated cocoa powder and making candy for me with it (and coconut oil, agave nectar and rasins). By the way, there is no “12 Step Program” for giving up caffeine — I had to quit “cold turkey” (for about a week my wife hid all the sharp objects in our house).

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Madeleine Vanstory attended Duke University and began her post-graduate journey at The Elaine Clark Center caring for children with special needs. She went on to work as a Clinical Research Scientist running clinical trials for the CDC and developing medical devices for Welsh Allen, Abbot Labs, Roche and Johnson & Jonhson Her work included non-invansive cervical cancer detection, continuous diabetic glucose monitoring, non-harmful infant bilirubin level detection and studying Vitamin C's anti-aging effects on the skin. Madeleine attended Medical school at The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University and completed a residency in Family Medicine at Moses Cone Hospital in Greensboro NC. Dr. Madeleine Vanstory is a board certified Family Physician who has practiced all over the world. She has lead medical missions in Kenya and Honduras. She has treated patients with Operation Smile in remote Russia. She's had thousands of patients and clients in the US, New Zealand, Kenya and beyond . Dr. Vanstory has worked the medical tents in the Marine Corps marathon in Washington DC and at the Kona Ironman World Championships. And Dr. Vanstory has marched with the Surgeon General promoting "Exercise is Medicine" at the World Congress Sports Medicine Conference. Dr. Madeleine Was the Medial Officer for Skincare 20/20 and has worked for over 10 years with one of the Worlds Largest Medical Groups. Disillusioned by the current health care system and armed with the realization that culture, nutrition and emotional well-being have a profound impact on health, Dr. Vanstory now motivates clients and patients to discover the healthiest versions of themselves through humor, counseling in her "Upgrade Your Health" Wellness Program.

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