These Almond Cacao Nut Balls are delicious, easy to make, addicting, and healthy. Perfect as an afternoon pick-me-up or dessert. Vegan and gluten-free.
Whoever came up with the idea of combining nuts and dates in small bite-size balls is a genius. I tried making my own for the first time a few years ago and they have been a favourite of mine ever since. They’re the easiest and quickest snack to make. You literally just throw everything into your food processor, blend it for a minute or so and you’re good to go.
That’s not even the most amazing part. What’s even more amazing is the flavour. They are just as delicious as any chocolate bar out there. This may sound unbelievable but it’s true. At least I think so. I’d like to point out this comes from someone who used to be obsessed with sugar. I used to eat sugar in all kinds of forms – Nutella, chocolate bars, candy, ice cream, etc – on an almost daily basis.
BUT I’d take these Almond Cacao Nut Balls before that any given time, any given day. So take my word for it when I say these are delicious.
The cacao powder adds a lovely chocolate flavour, which goes extremely well with the almonds and dates. It’s a party in your mouth. The only “bad” thing about these nut balls is that they are incredibly addicting.
They should be able to stay fresh for a couple of weeks if kept in the fridge or freezer, but I honestly haven’t tried it. They are all eaten within a day or two in my house, especially if they are just stored in the fridge. Maybe they’ll last for three days but that’s only if I’m home alone and cooking a bunch of other delicious stuff, and that’s still a big “maybe”. It’s like these nut balls are silently calling my name all day long. It’s quite frustrating actually. I’ve found that it’s much better to keep these nut balls in the freezer so they won’t tempt me every single time I open the fridge.
If you give in to the temptation (which is obviously the point of this post) and try these Almond Cacao Nut Balls, please leave a comment below or even better, snap a quick picture of them and post it on Instagram, tagging it with #themostlyhealthy 🙂
- 1/2 cup almonds (75 g)
- 1/2 cup dates (90 g)
- 1 heaping tbsp cacao powder
If you’re dates seem slightly dry, soak them in water for 5-10 minutes. If you’re dates are fresh and sticky, skip this step.
Add your almonds to a food processor and blend for about 20-30 seconds or until the almonds are slightly broken down. Stop before the almonds turn into a flour. Aim for small pieces of almonds.
Add the dates and cacao powder to the food processor and blend for another 30 seconds to a minute until everything starts coming together.
Once everything is sticking well together, form 12 small balls.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. They should remain fresh for a week in the fridge and two-three weeks.