Today’s recipe is Dark.  Very dark.

5-Minute 3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls Close up

Just as dark as the Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Coconut Snowballs I made.

Raw Vegan Dark Chocolate Fudge Ball close up on plate

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.

Homemade Larabar in plastic wrap on paper towelIt’s really a snap to do, and so I decided to pimp up my game over here and get to work on some Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls!

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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.

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First, grind your cashews into a fine powder.  The finer the better. Then add the pitted dates.

Ground cashews and whole dates in blender

Grind again.

Cashew powder and dates ground up in blender

Add your 1 Tbsp Dark Cocoa (or Cocoa).
Or, Don’t add in any Cocoa and keep your Balls Blond (TWSS)

Ground up mixture with dark cocoa powder added

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.

Blended up chocolate colored mixture in blender

I took my dough wad out

Dough scooped out onto plate with spoon

And see, when it’s The Right Dough Consistency, it will all just pop outta the canister, no gloppy-n-sloppy canister cleaning required.

Inside belnder showing how clean the dough comes out

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.

Divided dough into dollops on plate

Came back and formed 13 beautiful dark balls

Rolled dough into balls on sheet on countertop after chilling

3 Ingredients: Cashews, Dates, Dark Cocoa Powder

Up close of 5-Minute 3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls

Oh wait 4 Ingredients: TLC added with each one of these too!

Close up of one 5-Minute 3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Fudge Ball

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!!!!!!!!

So you’d like to see a dinner or a vegetable, ok I can oblige.  Hugh Jass Salad with brock, cauli, tomatoes, cukes, yellow peppers, and topped with my Homemade Slaw Dressing.

Mixed greens with vegetables topped with homemade slaw dressing
Close up of mixed greens with vegetables and dressing

And as if the Dark Choco Fudge Balls for Dessert weren’t enough…

5-Minute 3-Ingredient Dark Chocolate Fudge Balls on sheet on countertopClose up of one Dark Chocolate Fudge Ball

….I popped a few Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls, too.

Three Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Balls on sheet on countertop
Up close of one Raw Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ball showing chocolate chips
 
Have you tried making no-bake balls or bites?

 

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