Cacao Almond Balls

Choc-Almond Balls

A tasty sweet treat that goes perfectly with a cup of tea.

Serves: About 15    Time: About 30 mins

Ingredients: 1-2 cups natural raw almonds, coconut oil, salt, boiling water, rice malt syrup, raw cacao powder, cinnamon.

Steps: Spread almonds in a baking dish and coat in about a tablespoon of coconut oil. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Lightly toast almonds under your oven grill for about 5 mins. Watch them closely so they don’t burn. Transfer your freshly toasted almonds into your food processor. Blitz until almonds resemble fine bread crumbs. Add a couple more tablespoons of coconut oil and blitz for a few more minutes. Pour in 1/4 cup of boiling water and blitz for a few more mins. Add another 1/4 cup boiling water and continue to blitz until the mixture begins to come together a bit like dough. Drizzle rice malt syrup to taste (I used two tablespoons, but I love the bitter cacao taste). Add about 1/4 cup cacao powder. Continue to blend for a few more minutes until it really comes together. Chill the mixture for ten or so minutes. Roll the mixture into balls and sprinkle with cinnamon. All done, enjoy! Keep chilled.

Yes, I know many food processor say do not blend hot foods, but my cheapie handled the hot almonds and boiling water just fine. It needs to be boiling to change the consistency of the ground almonds. You’ll see what I mean.

Further suggestions:

  • Try full-fat butter instead of coconut oil
  • Try cocoa powder instead of cacao
  • Use your personal choice of natural sweetener instead of rice-malt syrup (just be aware of how they affect your body – beware the fructose)
  • Try rolling in desiccated coconut or drizzle with super-dark chocolate.

 

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