THE best snack ever! I absolutely love the combination of chocolate and orange together; the taste and smell is just divine. I like to use pecans in this recipe as they have such a gorgeous caramel-like flavour. If you can bear to give these away, they make beautiful presents for loved ones.
I like to cover these with dark chocolate, but they are fine without any chocolate jackets 🙂 This recipe makes about 12 golf-ball sized balls.
- 120g fresh pitted dates (if you have dried dates, use c.200g and soak them in warm water for 15-20 minutes beforehand)
- 75g oats (3/4 cup)
- 100g pecans (3/4 cup)
- 40g cacao/cocoa powder (1/4 cup)
- 4-6 tablespoons maple syrup/honey
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1 medium orange (zest and 3-4 tablespoons juice)
- Pinch of sea salt
- 75g dark chocolate, broken into pieces
- Blend the oats in a blender until you reach a flour-like consistency. Place in a large bowl and set aside.
- Place the pecans in a food processor/blender and blitz until flour like or until only very small chunks remain. Add the pecans to the oat mixture along with the cocoa powder and a pinch of salt. Mix to combine.
- Add the dates, maple syrup/honey, orange juice, orange zest and coconut oil to your food processor and blend until you reach a sticky consistency.
- Add the date mixture to the oats and pecans and start to bring together with a large spoon – you can add in some more maple syrup here if necessary. The mixture should be dry enough to hold its shape, but wet enough that it sticks together when compressed.
- Place some parchment paper or some tin foil on a large plate. Using your hands, compress the mixture to form balls (just smaller than golf-ball sized is perfect). Roll the mixture between your palms until the ball is smooth and evenly round.
- Place the balls on the prepared plate and refrigerate while you make the chocolate coating.
- Place the dark chocolate in a bain-marie or in a microwave, stirring intermittently until fully melted.
- Remove the balls from the fridge. Using a teaspoon, carefully pour the chocolate over the top of the balls. You can layer on the chocolate or just leave a drizzle – its up to you!
- Once the chocolate has almost set, leave to cool in a fridge.