I have been searching for the perfect date for Valentine’s Day this year, and I am pretty sure I found it. Or . . . made it. These yummy, chewy Valentine’s Date Balls are a cinch to prep, and are a much healthier indulgence than a candy heart or box of chocolate.
- 1 pound dates, pitted
- 1 ½ cup raw pecans
- 2 tablespoons cacao powder
- ½ cup water
- 1 – 1 ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
- Put dates and pecans in food processor.
- In a separate bowl, combine 2 tablespoons cacao powder with ½ cup water. Stir until completely blended.
- Add cacao mixture to food processor.
- Pulse all ingredients together in food processor until mixture turns into a dough-like consistency.
- Roll into balls, about the size of a large cherry tomato.
- Roll each ball in coconut. Start with 1 cup. Depending on size of balls, you may need more.
Makes 20 balls
Recipe by Melodie Tao
Why maintain a relationship with dates?
Dates are rich in calcium, potassium, and iron, an essential mineral your body needs for the production of healthy red blood cells, the cells that transport oxygen around your body. Dates are also high in fiber, which keeps waste moving through the digestive tract and helps to prevent the absorption of LDL cholesterol.
To keep your relationship with dates healthy, however, eat them in moderation, as they are naturally high in calories.