If you are anything like me, beating those mid-week sugar cravings is more than a little demanding. I want to give my body something that it will actually benefit from, and save the deliciously sweet wonders that sugar goes into for more special occasions. Or Saturdays. Saturdays are good too.
But the things is, if I crave something sweet, the likeliness of beating it without giving in is small. The whole trading in your candy for fruit kind of thing never really stuck, and for me the reason for that is that it doesn’t feel like a treat. Yes, it’s delicious and healthy at the same time (YAY, right?), but it doesn’t feel even a tiny bit naught to indulge on fruit. And if there is one thing I’ve learned in the process of becoming healthier it must be that trying to avoid certain things will make me want them even more. That’s where these date and peanut butter treats are quite genius: they feel naughty, but they are good for you. No added sugar and healthy fats from the cocoa and peanuts (we are talking raw or dry roasted peanuts here, not the really naughty kind).
To make 15-20 pieces you’ll need
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1-2 tablespoons water
Coconut, chilli, cocoa powder, liquorice, poppy seeds or any other kind of delicious coating.
Start by putting the dates, peanuts and cocoa powder in a food processor and blend until the mixture has a quite sticky, yet chunky consistency. Then add a little bit of water and blend for a few seconds.
You’ll want the mixture to be semi-firm, which means that you can roll perfectly shaped balls while still getting ridiculously sticky hands (I usually end up washing my hands several times during the process). The reason why you don’t want the consistency to be less sticky is that the finished product will become a lot firmer when you put them in the fridge to set, so if you want them to get that truffle-like feel to them, they’ll need to be a little sticky in the early stages.
Make the date balls in the size you want them, and roll them in your preferred coating. I went for chilli infused cocoa, liquorice and coconut. When you are done, just place them in an air tight container and store them in the fridge.
Perfectly healthy. Perfectly naughty.