Chocolate Orange Brain Balls

| June 12, 2013 | 1 Comment

Sound healthy don’t they? But chocolate? Must be a contradiction of terms there right?
Nope! They ARE healthly! And they taste bloody good, so you can nibble away and not have the guilt nibble away at you!

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These are my take on Dr Libby’s Brain Balls which I first saw here, but I found them too bitter and not one to follow a recipe (sometimes my downfall!) I added a few extra ingredients.

High in Omega 3, protein and antioxidants, as well as vitamins C and E, these make awesome snacks when you really feel like a treat, and trust me the kids will L.O.V.E. them.

Enjoy!

Chocolate Orange Brain Balls

Makes 30

  • 2 cups almonds
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/4 cup chia seeds
  • zest and juice of 1 large orange
  • 1/4 cup water
  • pinch of salt

Combine the almonds, sunflower seeds, chia seeds and coconut in a food processor and grind for 30-40 seconds. Pour into a large bowl and set aside.

Add the zest of the orange to the now empty food processor along with the dates. Process until it forms a paste and reforms into a ball (this was my happy accident as I have only processed to finely chopped before!). Remove from the food processor and set aside.

Add the cocoa and salt to the almond/seed mix and combine, then add half of that new mix back into the food processor. Now take blobs of the date mix and add into the almond mix in the processor, keep adding the dry almond mix alternatively with the date mix. Process for 10 seconds.

Add the orange juice and water to the food processor and continue to process, you will need to stop, scrape the sides and restart until all ingredients are combined.

Take spoonfuls of the finished mix and form into balls. Roll into a little coconut if you wish and chill until you are ready to nibble.

Alternatively you can press the mixture into a square lined cake tin to make a slice. Just press down firmly and add a little coconut to the top. Chill for about an hour before removing from the tin and then slicing into your preferred size.

Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

As you can see from the photos I mixed it up a little!

My happy accident of over processing the dates means that the texture of these is divine, like a gooey chocolate brownie and the flavour of the orange takes the bitter edge of the cocoa.

These are gluten and dairy free to0! Winning!

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  1. Laura Westerdaal says:

    Hi Nicky, great recipe although I have to confess I completely made this recipe my own. I didn’t have any sunflower seeds, so added linseed and then because I had already made a change I added some rice bubbles too. I was too lazy to follow your careful directions – haha I’m terrible at following recipes. I soaked my dates in the orange juice with rind and warm water. I always do that as a base for date loaf or date scones with fantastic results. I love the combination of dates and orange! So I just whizzed everything else up then at the end my 3 year old told me it needed sugar so I added about 1/3 c of brown sugar mixed with a about 25g of butter and some extra warm water to help it melt and that was it. Now it’s in the fridge but the two preschoolers definitely liked it so far. It can only get better cold! When they asked me what it’s called I said “Mummy’s healthy brownie”. I have the most amazing brownie recipe but it’s on the opposite scale to healthy than this recipe so it’s only for special occassions.

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