Today’s recipe is Dark. Very dark.
Just as dark as the Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowballs I made.
And takes about as long….5 whole minutes. And only requires a VitaBaller, food processor or Magic Bullet.
Also see the post I did a few months ago about making your own LaraBars. A little light on pics but very good content & info to ensure LaraMaking Success. I was getting ready to move, close on a house, board a plane for a day trip, it was a hectic time to say the least.
5 Minute Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls
1/4 c raw cashews (not soaked)
1/2 c medjool dates, pitted (I used 6 medium medjools. Not huge ones, medium-sized. Mine are from TJ’s and some of their containers have the huge medjools, but these were not.)
1 Tbsp Dark Cocoa Powder (I used Hershey’s Dark)
Yields: 13 Balls, feel free to double, triple, quad the recipe. I like working with smaller batches that way if I want to tweak flavors or textures, it’s easier for me.
First, grind your cashews into a fine powder. The finer the better. Then add the pitted dates.
Add your 1 Tbsp Dark Cocoa (or Cocoa).
Or, Don’t add in any Cocoa and keep your Balls Blond (TWSS)
Grind again. I have always felt that a 2:1 ratio of dates to nuts works best when making raw bars. And as I have mentioned before, as a Vita-Mix user, you know when you have achieved Perfect Raw Dough Consistency when the whole wad spins around like a tennis ball inside the canister. It can happen in a matter of a second, so watch closely and don’t overblend. You will soon go from dough to chocolate puree.
I took my dough wad out
And see, when it’s The Right Dough Consistency, it will all just pop outta the canister, no gloppy-n-sloppy canister cleaning required.
Because it was 94F here this morning, the dough was feeling a little too warm to work with so I roughly divided into ball shapes with a spoon and popped the plate into the fridge for an hour.
Came back and formed 13 beautiful dark balls
3 Ingredients: Cashews, Dates, Dark Cocoa Powder
Oh wait 4 Ingredients: TLC added with each one of these too!
Optional Add-In’s & Extras (and Katie has mentioned some of these too):
Add Vanilla, Hazelnut, Peppermint, Almond, etc. Extract
Roll finished product in Carob, Coconut, Cocoa Nibs, Cocoa Powder, Powdered Sugar
Add in Carob, Coconut, Cocoa Nibs to the “dough” mixture
Shape into logs, bars, balls, squares, hearts, Gingerbread men, stars, Christmas Cookie Cutter shapes
The sky’s the limit, get creative!!!!!!!!
And as if the Dark Choco Fudge Balls for Dessert weren’t enough…
….I popped a few Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls, too.