Chocolate and date balls

The perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth on-the-go.

During the daily hustle and bustle our blood sugar levels often drop and we get a sudden craving for something sweet or chocolatey – often at the most inconvenient times when there’s nothing on hand to satisfy our sugar fix.

These chocolate and date balls might just be the answer as they’re easy to whip up in a jiffy, and make the perfect lunch-box treat for any time of the day.


Half of an 80g slab of dark chocolate, broken into pieces
1 tbsp (15 ml) cocoa
3 tbsp (45 ml) low-fat milk
1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla essence
250g pitted dates, finely chopped
100 ml desiccated coconut
Extra coconut and cocoa to decorate with


Place chocolate in a glass bowl and melt over gently simmering water. Make sure that the btreaowl does not touch the water.

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.

Stir in dates and coconut. Place spoonful 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.

Makes about 20 date balls

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AUTHOR: Daily Voice Digital

Categories: Lifestyle