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I know what you’re thinking. Really? Are these treats healthy but really yucky tasting or are they delicious but full of sugar? Wrong! They’re great and good for you. Tell me more you say ?



6 Medjool dates, pitted

3 Tbsp almost-boiling water

2 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (avoid Dutched versions), plus extra for rolling

1/4 cup raw walnuts

1 Tbsp chia seeds

1/2 tsp cayenne pepper

Sea salt

  1. Put the dates and hot water into the food processor and purée until a sticky paste forms and balls up on the blade.


2. Add the cocoa powder, walnuts, cayenne pepper, and chia seeds and pulse until a solid dough forms.


3.With a one tablespoon cookie scoop, form the dough into 8 round balls, setting them on a plate as you go.

4. Refrigerate for 30 to 60 minutes to set.


5. Roll each ball in cocoa powder to lightly coat and sprinkle with the sea salt.

6. Enjoy!

N.B. This recipe is from The Superfood Swap cookbook by Dawn Jackson Blatner, RDN. (Amazon). The cayenne pepper is optional but I think it really works because it’s a great foil for the cocoa and the sweetness of the dates.

The placemat is from Pier One, the napkins are from Amazon. The sunflower dessert plates are old, here are some that are similar . The clear glass stacking bowls are from Crate and Barrel. The measuring spoons are from Amazon and they’re magnetic! This is such a cool feature when you cook and bake as much as I do because I hate it when the measuring set is all connected. Then when you just use one spoon in the set you have to wash all the others if they’re all tethered together.

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