On dark days…when only chocolate will do

Already this morning I have had a text from a friend requesting a recipe to cure her sweet craving….and it is not even mid morning. Do you have those days when a sweet fix would seem to fix everything, cure all ills?Well when I really want to have chocolate and the hour is too early, than these treats are a great substitute.  My date and almond balls consist of a large packet of pitted dates, several cups of whole almonds, orange rind and a small amount of orange juice and all of these ingredients are pulsed in a food processor. Once all the ingredients have combined I mould these treasures into balls and lightly roll into coconut. I found this recipe below for those of you who require exact measurements, but really it is fun to play around with this one, adding a variety of nuts and other dried fruit to suit your taste. I find the orange rind really lifts these sweet morsels.

Date and Almond Balls – The Gawler Foundation


1 ¾ cups Whole Almonds (with the skin on)
2 cups Dates (pitted)
1 tsp Pure Vanilla Essence

Using a food processor place ¾ cup of whole almonds and wizz till you have a fine almond meal. Remove from food processor and set aside. Return to the food processor and add 1 cup of whole almonds with the skin on and 2 cups of pitted dates that have been roughly chopped. Add 1 teaspoon of pure vanilla essence and process till you have achieved a mixture that is well combined.Then using a heaped teaspoon of this mixture, mould the paste into balls and roll in the reserved almond meal. Repeat this until you have used up all the mixture. Balls should be kept small as this mixture is very rich.
Balls can be stored for up to four days in the refrigerator, ideal for school lunches or at supper time. 
Note: I like to freeze mine, as they stay firm and stop me eating them all. Enjoy!