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 remain pliable to work with, 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.