Chocolate Dipped Power Balls

by Maggie on February 10, 2014

 

Chocolate Dipped Power Balls

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and this year I really wanted to create something that both my kiddies and my husband would love.

We’re pretty big fans of chocolate around here. Granted, the kids like theirs a little lighter than Pete and I (thank goodness Enjoy Life makes chocolate they like). Pete and I are good with the really dark stuff. We buy a raw chocolate at our local farmer’s market and we usually gobble it up within the week. Dark chocolate is good for you, after all.

This recipe for healthy Chocolate Dipped Power Balls makes us all happy. My kids wouldn’t normally throw back a handful of walnuts (packed with omega 3’s) so this is a great way to get them into their diets. I also like this recipe because it uses unrefined sugars and they still feel like they’re getting a treat.

By the way, you could totally call these babies chocolate truffles if you need to fool someone. I’ll let you decide.

If you don’t want to make your own chocolate coating, go ahead and melt Enjoy Life chocolate chips or your favorite chocolate bar.

Chocolate Dipped Power Balls 3

Power Balls

Inspired by this recipe.

  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 heaping cup nut butter (any nut butter should work)
  • 12 medjool dates (pitted and soaked in boiling water for at least 5 minutes)
  • a couple of pinches of sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder

1. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment.
2. Using a food processor, process nuts until you reach desired consistency.
3. Add nut butter, dates (make sure you remove the pits), sea salt, cinnamon, and raw cacao. Process into a thick paste, you will need to stop your machine a couple of times to wipe down the sides and move the mixture around. It’s very thick and will need your help a little bit.
4. Transfer mixture to a bowl, knead a couple of time to ensure it is well mixed and shape into balls using a 1 tablespoon measurement.
5. Chill Power Balls on prepared baking sheet until firm.
6. Make Chocolate Coating.

Homemade Chocolate Coating

1. Heat the ingredients using a double boiler (or a glass bowl over a pot of water), gradually melt coconut oil, chocolate, vanilla, and honey or maple syrup.
2. Once everything is melted, stir in sea salt and mix well.
3. Pour melted chocolate mixture into a small jar and use a toothpick to dip Power Balls.
4. Place dipped Power Balls on a sheet lined with parchment. Chill until firm.
5. Keep refrigerated for up to five days.
6. You will have leftover chocolate, refrigerate it and reheat it for ice cream sundaes! Or pour into moulds and make homemade chocolate bars.

Yield: 23 Chocolate Dipped Power Balls

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{ 14 comments… read them below or add one }

Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations February 10, 2014 at 11:41 am

These look really yummy Maggie!!! I think I have everything in my pantry to make these, thanks for sharing :)

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Maggie February 10, 2014 at 3:32 pm

Thanks Cassidy! I just checked out your blog – love it :) I’m glad you left a note here!
Have a great afternoon,
Maggie

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Barb February 10, 2014 at 7:36 pm

Is it possible to use cocoa powder instead?

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Maggie February 11, 2014 at 1:35 pm

Hi Barb – You could definitely use cocoa powder!
Enjoy!

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Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations February 11, 2014 at 4:15 pm

I made this afternoon and we LOVE THEM!!!

I added a small amount of maple syrup because I have a massive sweet tooth and just added some mini chocolate chips to the batter instead of coating them in chocolate because I’m lazy and they were still amazing!!!

Thanks again, I’m adding these to my ‘Recipes I Love’ Pinterest board :)

-Cassidy

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Maggie February 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm

YAY! Thanks so much for letting me know Cassidy, I love maple syrup so I can’t blame you. And the chocolate chips are brilliant!
Have a fun Valentine’s Day!
Maggie

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Kimberly February 11, 2014 at 6:10 pm

I accidentally deleted the e-book how do I get it back please?

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Maggie February 11, 2014 at 7:51 pm

Hey Kimberly – Send me an email maggie@sheletthemeatcake.com and we will sort it out!
Maggie

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annie February 19, 2014 at 6:57 pm

Yum!

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Maggie February 25, 2014 at 9:04 am

Thanks Annie, nice to see you on here :)

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Caroline Horne February 20, 2014 at 11:10 am

Hi Maggie, I made these today, I did use almonds and cashew nuts, crunchy peanut butter and Green and Blacks Cocoa powder. I also added 2 tablespoons of Maple syrup. They have come out delicious. I coated them with your recipe but used 85% cocoa solid chocolate. They look beautiful and shiny. They taste divine I will be making them again! YUMCIOUS!!

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Maggie February 25, 2014 at 9:05 am

Hi Caroline! Thanks for letting us know, I have never tried G and B’s cocoa powder, I bet it’s amazing! Thanks for sharing your adaptations!
Maggie

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Angie March 3, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Thanks Maggie! We will be making these very soon!! We literally use so many of your recipes…soooo helpful and amazing!!

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Maggie March 4, 2014 at 10:18 am

You’re so sweet Angie! Thanks for making my day!
Maggie

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