I’ve come to the conclusion that I have a sweet tooth.
I did this radical detox thingy over May-June and during that time, apart from fruit and a birthday macaron and glass of champagne, no sugar passed my lips.
I do not consider myself a saint or a new-found, sugar-free evangelist but I’ve decided that rather than ignore my sweet cravings until they build up to a point when even a whole tub of Maggie Beer burnt fig and honeycomb ice cream does little to sate them, I should look for ways in which to craft little treats that I can have in the freezer ready to eat should the sugar thing kick in.
So, when I was reading Ironmum Karla’s blog late the other night and saw her recipe for Raw Choc Mud Slice, a sweet little lightbulb went off inside my head.
The next day I was doing my almost-daily visit to my favourite fruit and veg store (Get Fresh at Cotton Tree), when I realised I could pick up the ingredients I needed for the slice while I was there. Only problem: I’d left my phone at home for quick access to Karla’s blog.
So I improvised.
I’m still recovering from the nasty flu of TWO WEEKS AGO, I figured too many superfood ingredients could never be too much and started piling up my basket with all manner supergoodness stuff. I was like a woman possessed.
So possessed, I came home and whipped up these babies in the Thermomix (a food processer would work too):
Now, the plan was that they would not taste anywhere near chocolately enough for the rest of the family and I would have a freezer stash that would last me months … but … turns out they did love them, popping them straight into lunchboxes and gym bags faster than I could claim the balls as my own.
I posted the above photo on Instagram and a few people asked for the recipe, so I’ve had a go at re-creating and writing it down but I must admit I did “free-ball” it a bit. Pun very much intended.
If you’re playing along at home don’t get too hung up on the quantities and go with your what dried fruit you have access to. Just add the water last so you know what’s needed for your batch.
20 fresh dates, pitted
50g Dr SuperFoods Antioxidant Super Berries
100g Real Food That Loves You Back Organic Dried Apricots
50g Organic Chia Power seeds
200g LSA mix (ground linseed, sunflower seed and almond)
100g Power Super Foods Maca & Cacao Power Blend (Maca is a vegetable from South America)
60g Unsweetened cocoa powder (I use home brand Coles or Woolies – no additives)
1/2 cup water (or as required)
1. Add everything except water to a Thermomix or food processor and blend until you have a fine texture. If you like your balls on the chunky side, feel free to not process so long.
2. Add water, a couple of tablespoons at a time, blend until you get a consistency that’s not too dry and not too moist.
3. Shape about a tablespoon of mixture into a ball and roll in coconut.
4. Store in the freezer for longevity – they won’t actually freeze through so you can grab as you need.
There you go … super balls … have fun with them and yes, bring on the ball jokes. I’m ballsy and I’m ready.
If you follow along on Instagram you’d already know that I do like to cook and bake … especially on weekends when I have less of a time pressure.
But I don’t usually do recipes here, so I’d love to know, is this something you’d like me to occasionally include on the blog?
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