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Recipe of the month: Cocoa, coconut and date balls

By June 25, 2016June 27th, 2017General
Do you have a sweet tooth? Finding yourself reaching to sweet snacks in the afternoon for an energy pick-me-up but feel like you could be choosing more nutritious options? 
How about making yourself a batch of ‘protein’ (i.e nut and seed) balls to store in your freezer and pack in your lunchbox? You’ll likely only need one or two to hit the spot! The healthy fats should keep you going until dinner time without spoiling your appetite. Plus, they’re low GI and have no added sugar!

Recipe adapted from Rebecca Nittolo’s recipe on


  • 12 Medjool dates (found in fruit and veg section at supermarket)
  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, plus 1/3 cup extra for rolling
  • 1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/3 cup cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds


  1. Place dates in a medium bowl and cover with water. Stand for 1 hour. Drain and discard seeds.
  2. Process dates, almond meal, shredded coconut, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, cacao powder and chia seeds until mixture comes together. Transfer to a bowl and stand for 20 minutes for chia seeds to soften.
  3. Place remaining coconut in a shallow dish.
  4. Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Roll in coconut to coat.
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