40g sugar-free dark chocolate, broken into pieces
1 tbsp cocoa
3 tbsp low-fat milk
250g pitted dates, finely chopped
100ml desiccated coconut
extra coconut and cocoa, to decorate
- Place the chocolate in a glass bowl and melt over gently simmering water. Make sure that the bowl doesn't touch the water.
- Mix the cocoa with some of the milk to form a paste and mix with the remaining milk. Stir some of the melted chocolate into the milk mixture until smooth. Mix into the warm chocolate.
- Stir in the dates and coconut. Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto baking paper and sprinkle with coconut or cocoa and allow to set. Alternatively allow to cool slightly and then roll into balls. Roll the balls in extra coconut or cocoa, if you'd like. Allow to cool in the fridge and serve 1 or 2 balls as a treat.
Tips: Serve date balls as part of a dessert with fresh fruit or serve with coffee at the end of a meal. If packing for a lunch box treat, make sure they're kept cool, as they may melt. Choose good-quality chocolate and cocoa. Check your food labels to make better choices. Recipe courtesy of Cooking From The Heart South Africa and Pharma Dynamics.