{Recipe, Vegan MoFo} Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge Balls

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To mark the first day of spring and the commencement of Vegan MoFo, I am posting a simple chocolate-based treat.

This is my first time as a participant of Vegan MoFo (the vegan month of food). For the month of September, I intend to post Monday to Friday, and Sunday. I am adhering to a gluten-free theme. This provides an opportunity to expand my repertoire of gluten-free recipes.

These simple treats are delicious and decadent. They are a yummy afternoon snack for the family or a late night chocolate-craving ‘fix’ once the kids have gone to bed.

They are free of gluten, added oil and refined sugar. They contain only a tiny amount of liquid sweetener – pure maple syrup.

Moreover, they are quick to prepare. You can eat them straight away, but I prefer the texture that is obtained by a short period of refrigeration (about 1/2 an hour). They are quick to disappear too!

Ingredients

Quantity- 9 or 10 balls

1 cup medjool dates, pitted (about 10 dates)

1/4 cup raw almond butter

1/4 cup raw cacao powder (or raw carob powder)

1 tsp maple syrup

a generous pinch of salt

10 raw almonds 

Method

1. To make almond meal: process the raw almonds in a small food processor until they almost resemble flour – you do want some chunkier pieces. Set aside.

2. Add the dates, almond butter, cacao powder and salt to a regular-sized food processor. Process ingredients for about one minute. After about 30 seconds of processing, drizzle the maple syrup through the chute while the machine is still processing.

3. The mixture should stick together when you press it between your fingers. It should feel a little spongey. It should not be dry or crumbly.

4. With your hands, form the mixture into balls. Then coat each ball in the almond meal.

5. Refrigerate for at least half an hour.

Store leftovers in the fridge.

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I imagine you could replace the maple syrup with the same quantity of freshly squeezed orange juice, to create the delectable orange-chocolate combination. I intend to give this a try soon.

Are you participating in Vegan MoFo this year? Are you adhering to a theme? 

Ally

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About Ally
Mamma. Vegan. I blog at Made of Stars.

14 Responses to {Recipe, Vegan MoFo} Chocolate Almond Butter Fudge Balls

  1. Those look delicious and I love the OJ idea.

  2. narf77 says:

    The problem with these is that I start with “some” and suddenly there are “none”. No idea who/what is eating them but I have my suspicions! (And a HUGE amount of self denial 😉 )

    • Ally says:

      I’m a bit sus of Earl actually. If not Earl, then definitely the possums. 🙂

      • narf77 says:

        If Earl had opposable thumbs the world wouldn’t be a safe place. I caught him sitting on my P.C. chair the other day looking at the screen quizzically as if to say “what does she DO up here?!!!” He looks at the gear stick in the car when Steve is driving the same way…lets just hope that natural selection doesn’t kick in when he turns 3 in November or NONE OF US is safe! 😉

  3. I am making these today! Yum!

  4. kimbelina says:

    These look tasty — I’ll probably have to double the recipe so that there will be enough to share with my kids!

    Happy Vegan MoFo!

    • Ally says:

      haha! Yes, I can relate. The kids outnumber the parents in my house, so this batch didn’t last long.

      Happy Vegan MoFo to you too. Thanks for stopping by.

  5. susykat says:

    Oh these look SO good!

  6. Sophie33 says:

    I made these tasty treats & loved them so much too! They were a huge hit in my house! 🙂 x

  7. These look so beautiful rolled in their almond meal coating. Also…how do you keep them a secret for that long half hour while they’re chilling?

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