Date and walnut bites

K19A9459_bDate and walnut bitesI’ve been feeling a bit under the weather recently so I’ve turned my attention to getting my health in order, filling up on lots of wholesome, natural food and taking lots of nice long walks on the Downs.

I do have quite a sweet tooth and I’ve been reading up on healthier alternatives to the usual tempting array of delicious treats I usually find hard to resist.

This recipe is incredibly easy. Dates pack a huge sugary punch and are fantastic to cook with. The addition of walnuts balances the sweetness of the dates and adds a lovely texture to the bites and their natural oil helps bind the recipe together without the addition of any other liquid.

You will need

250g pitted dates (medjool dates work best)

250g raw, unsalted walnuts

2 tablespoons of raw cacao powder

Unsweetened desiccated coconut, to coat

Makes around 20 bites

1.) Put the dates, walnuts and cacao powder into a food processor and blitz on a high speed until the mixture sticks together.

2.) Sprinkle the coconut evenly on a large plate

2.) Shape small amounts of the mixture into small balls and then roll in the coconut until evenly covered

3.) Pop the bites in a tupperware container in the freezer until you’re ready to eat them.

All photography © Heather Elizabeth Wilkinson 2014

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