|Makes 10 inch-diameter balls|
Place all of the ingredients, organic wherever possible, in a stout food processor:
|1/2 cup||cocoa nibs|
|1/2 cup||raw cashew nuts|
|10||pitted dried (but 'soft') dates|
|1/4 teaspoon||mixed spices|
|1/2 teaspoon||vanilla extract|
|1 teaspoon||sunflower or soya margarine|
Whizz the whole lot together until it's well chopped and the particles become a coherent mass. Pinch off bits of the mixture and roll into inch-round balls and place them in a plastic box. You should end up with around 10. Chill for at least 30 minutes and then enjoy. The approximate macronutrient profile of each ball is:
|energy||fat||of which saturates||protein||carbohydrate|
So make sure you do plenty of running if you eat more than one!
If you want to get really into the nutrition side of things, consider whether cocoa is 'healthy' or not? Some say it's an addictive stimulant, others that it's a super-food. Go on, do a Google search. My feeling is that we need a range of foods with an array of micronutrients and a 'sensible' amount of any won't do any harm...