I have to admit that going from not working at all to full time has been an adjustment. It’s a rather long day. I don’t drink coffee, working at a coffee shop through university permanently put me off the stuff, I’ve never even tried it, yet the smell of it turns my stomach. Chocolate on the other hand, is the perfect way to find a little pick me up during the afternoon lull.
Chocolate Dipped Date Balls (makes 12-20 snack balls)
1/3 cup of nuts (I used a mix of almonds and walnuts)
1/3 cup of hemp seeds
1/3 cup of gluten free oats
1/4 cup of almond butter (or nut butter of your choice)
3/4 cup of dates (about 10-12)
2 tsp of maple syrup
1/2 cup of dairy free chocolate chips
Add the nuts, hemp seeds and oats to your food processor and grind until they break down into a crumble. Add the remaining ingredients except the chocolate chips and process until it sticks together into a dough-like consistency. You may need to add a few splashes of water to get the right texture. Take a teaspoon, scoop up the mixture and roll into small balls.
Melt the chocolate chips on low heat on the stove. Once the chips are completely melted, allow the mixture to cool a bit. Then dip your balls in. You can roll them in the chocolate completely, or just dip them halfway like I did.
They are a super tasty little treat. I like to pack a couple each day to munch on when that afternoon slump hits.