Chocolate Caramel Balls

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After sharing my cupcakes last week, I wanted to share another holiday themed-treat. This one is much easier to make, less labour-intensive and quicker. I think it would make a perfect gift for your galentine.

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What is Valentine’s Day like for you? When I was growing up, my dad made the hugest deal out of it. He would have flowers delivered individually to my mom, sister and me, which was pretty awesome. And chocolates & candy of course, but usually something else too, like a pair of jeans or a cd I had been wanting. When I started dating, the guys I went out with usually disappointed – dad had started a high standard haha. Now that I’m older, we are more relaxed about celebrating. But I still like make a special meal and dessert, it’s nice in a grown up way =)

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Chocolate Caramel Balls (makes 6 large balls)

10 dates (soaked in warm water for a few minutes, pitted)
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tbsp of almond butter
1 tsp of coconut milk
1/4 tsp of lacuma powder (optional)
a pinch of salt

Throw everything in a food processor and blend until well combined. Scoop the mixture out by the tablespoon, roll into balls (it helps if your hands are slightly damp) and place in mini cupcake liners or on a plate. Place in the freezer until ready to eat.

I plan on sharing mine with my favourite galpals as a fun DIY gift.

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18 thoughts on “Chocolate Caramel Balls

  1. How delicious are these!
    Your Dad really nailed Valentine’s Day. I’m impressed!
    My Mom used to give us candy and a nice present… usually clothes for me as I got older because that’s always been my thing. :-) I sure do miss that!

    1. Thanks Julie! Yes, he was awesome at Valentine’s Day =) Sounds like your mom did a pretty good job too. It’s tough missing the awesome things they did, but I suppose it reminds us how lucky we are to have had them as long as we did <3

    1. I kinda wish I hadn’t grown up with it like I did as it can be a little disappointing when my hubby is just not into it. But I can make my own treats! It is a really good excuse. Thanks Kari!

  2. I am not really into valentines in a big way but I have some heart shaped decorations that make me wonder if I should make something this year so they don’t just sit there another year :-) Your dad sounds so amzing – my dad is great with present too but never like that (I loved it when he drilled holes in livesavers (candy) to make necklaces for presents) Those balls sound delicious and great for presents

    1. Oh you should bring out the heart-shaped decorations – it sounds fun! My dad was pretty amazing, he really spoiled my sister and me. Um homemade necklaces out of candy is a super cool gift actually! That’s so sweet =)

  3. Ooh, I can’t wait to make these! Healthy and simple and yummy. This is seriously up my alley right now–I’m all about the 2-minute recipe. Thanks for posting!

  4. Aw that’s such a sweet memory- you never forget things like that. My dad bought me roses once when I was a teen, I had just had my first bad breakup and his gift was so thoughtful (and needed!). Love the treats too, your pic setups are always so cute!!

  5. These look delicious! I remember growing up, my dad would always give me and my sister our very own “grown up” box of candy… a Whitman’s sampler (I wonder if those still exist).

  6. These sound delicious– and such cute styling! :) Perfect for Galentine’s Day or Valentine’s Day… or any other day. :)
    Valentine’s Day is pretty much just Chocolate Day to me. I do like to make something red to eat, though– gotta be festive. This year it’ll be heart-shaped sandwiches and tomato soup, with a heart-shaped cake for dessert. πŸ˜‰

  7. Valentines Day is a non-event for me. I think in my entire 35 years there has only been one year where I had a partner on Valentines Day, and I honestly can’t remember anything about it.
    I hate the commercialism that is involved with the day, and the advertising. Blergh.
    But for people who want to celebrate it, I would never want to take away their joy of celebrating love. :)

    Also, I think that Galentines day is a pretty awesome concept. Now that is something I can get behind.

    These treats look so easy. But I have never been able to find lacuma powder here. It must be somewhere!

    1. It is pretty commercialised. I don’t like how everything is like triple priced for it.
      You can totally omit the lacuma powder – it just helps get more of the “caramely” flavour =)

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