Chocolate Almond Date Balls

BALLS.

That’s what I’ve got for you. Balls.

Balls because I want to bake something, but I can’t figure out what. Everything sounds equally meh, so I threw these no-bake chocolate/nut/espresso/ball things together so I at least have something to snack on while I’m trying to figure out baking. They kind of taste like brownie bites, but in a healthy, Lara-bar-ish way, so I’m really not foolin anyone unless they’re coming off a long stint of being stranded in a fishing village in northern Alaska where wine-soaked herring is considered an acceptable dessert. I assume.

Anyway, these took all of 30 minutes to make and clean up, so. Jackpot for all those brownie-starved herring eaters.

  • 1 1/2 c. roasted salted almonds
  • 2 c. dates, soaked briefly in hot water if they’re dry (I had deglet dates, which are my least favorites, I bought them accidentally and the only way I was going to use them was to blend them into some shit.)
  • 2 tsp. instant espresso powder
  • 1/3 c. unsweetened cacao powder

Add the almonds into food processor and pulse until they’re pretty finely ground up. Then add everything else and let it spin until it’s basically dough. I used my cookie dough scooper to get similar-sized dough balls out. And that’s it. Store your balls in the fridge.

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