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Date and chocolate balls

Yields1 Serving

 40 g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
 15 ml cocoa
 45 ml low-fat milk
 5 ml vanilla essence
 250 g pitted dates, finely chopped
 100 ml desiccated coconut
 extra coconut and cocoa to decorate with

This recipe is in Cooking from the Heart 2

Ready in 30 minutes

We all love chocolate, but know that too much is not good for us. In this treat, we combine dark chocolate with dates to make a healthier alternative.

1. Place chocolate in a glass bowl and melt over gently simmering water. Make sure that the bowl does not touch the water.
2. Mix cocoa with some of the milk to form a paste and mix with remaining milk and vanilla. Stir some of the melted chocolate into the milk mixture until smooth. Mix into the warm chocolate.
3. Stir in dates and coconut. Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto baking paper and sprinkle with coconut or cocoa and allow to set. Alternatively allow to cool slightly and then roll into balls. Roll balls into extra coconut or cocoa, if preferred. Allow to cool in the fridge. Serve 1–2 balls as a treat.

1. Serve date balls as part of a dessert with fresh fruit or serve with coffee at the end of a meal.
2. If packing for a lunch box treat, make sure that it is kept in a cool place, as they may melt.
3. Choose a good quality chocolate and cocoa that is low in added sugar.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size 20