Healthy candy balls
If you feel like being (a little) healthy, but still want something sweet after dinner or in the afternoon, these balls will be great for you! They taste really good, and you can dump in pretty much whatever dried fruit, nuts or flavorings you like. I actually don’t have an exact recipe, but I will try to tell you how to make them anyway.
For me, the main ingredient in these balls was dried dates. I pitted and dumped a bunch of those into a blender (although a food processor would have been much better for the job). The dates will provide the gooey texture and sweet taste that we are after. Then I added to the blender roasted hazelnuts, shredded coconut, cocoa powder, the seeds of one big, fat vanilla bean and just enough strong coffee to hold it all together.
Then I blended it all up until it was pretty smooth paste, and had a taste. Try it! Does it need more cocoa powder? Is it too liquid? Then add some more dates, nuts or coconut. Or too dry? Then add more coffee. You could also add some honey if you think it isn’t sweet enough. The mixture should be firm enough to roll balls between your palms, but liquid enough for it all to hold together.
You could also add dried figs, apricots, peppermint oil, all kinds of nuts or anything else that suits your fancy. It is really a matter of putting in whatever you like best. It is important though to add some kind of very sweet dried fruit to hold it all together.
Roll them into balls (using your palms). They should be about the size of walnuts, and then roll them in some shredded coconut, chopped up nuts or cocoa powder to make them look nice. Enjoy! PS. They don’t taste very healthy, and that is the beauty of these balls. PPS. How many times have I written ‘balls’ now?