I have been having some serious chocolate moments lately. It seems I can’t go a day without something sweet passing my lips. It started a couple of weeks ago when someone at work left a cake in the kitchen with an invitation to “help yourself” and all the good snacking habits I had cultivated seemed to go out the window.
I have given myself a stern talking to about the difference between a craving, and actually hunger. A small, polite sweet treat in the afternoon is fine if I am starting to feel hungry, a slice or two of cake because I am bored is not. To that end, I decided to make a healthy snack that I can have at work next week for afternoon tea that’s a lot healthier than what’s currently on my menu!
Chocolate, orange and cardamom bliss balls
Orange and cardamom are a classic flavour combination. Orange and chocolate are also a classic flavour combination. I decided to combine all three and ended up with these amazing little bliss balls. They are delicious, really rich and chocolatey with a hint of the orange and spice.
Ingredients Makes 20 mini balls
- 1 cup dates, soaked
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- Zest of 1 orange
- Juice of half a squeeze orange
- 1/4 tsp cardamom powder
- 1/2 tsp vanilla essence
1. Soak the dates for half an hour to soften them. If they are really hard, use hot water to help soften them.
2. Start by putting the dates in a food processor with the orange zest, orange juice, vanilla essence and cardamom powder and mix until it forms a paste. Now add the walnuts and pulse until the walnuts are in small chunks. The mixture should be thick and sticky at this point. Remove the mixture from the food processor and stir in the cocoa powder.
3. Form the mix into small balls and freeze.