Makes 35-40 balls
- 2 cups pitted dates
- 3 cups mixed nuts and seeds (example: 1 cup walnuts, 1 cup almonds, 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds and 1/2 cup linseeds)
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 1 cup (85g) desiccated coconut, to coat
Place dates in a saucepan and cover with water Bring to the boil then simmer until water is all soaked up. Transfer dates to a medium size bowl, mash well with a fork and set aside.
In a blender, pulse nuts and seeds into a coarse meal. Add to the mashed dates along with the cocoa. Stir the mixture well until combined.
Use a tablespoon to scoop up the mixture and roll into a small, tight balls. Roll through coconut and arrange onto a piece of baking paper or waxed paper inside a storage container.
Eat straight away or store in a covered container in the fridge, and consume within a week.
If you've got a family member with a nut allergy just replace the nuts with extra seeds and/ or rolled oats.
For extra flavour try adding a teaspoon of vanilla extract to the dates as they cook, or make an adults-only version of this recipe by adding a splash of coffee or your favourite liqueur.
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