So, what goes into them?
Put the dates into a food processor and blitz them up while you contemplate what flavour you’re after. You can add a good, heaped tablespoon of cacao, or some dried apricots, or a few mint leaves, it’s totally up to you. Now add a cup of dessicated coconut and blitz it again until it’s roughly combined and then add ¼ cup chia seeds and a half a cup of walnuts. Blitz again and taste. You might like yours a bit sweeter – in which case add a couple of tablespoons of whichever sweetener takes your fancy. We usually use raw sugar because there’s just as many calories in agave and sugar is heaps cheaper and no worse for you!
You might have to fiddle around with the consistency of the mix. It has to be able to be made into balls, so it needs to be tacky but not runny. If it’s too dry you can add a bit of liquid – we usually use a tiny bit of water. You could use coconut oil but go easy on the oil because it’s fatty and the taste can be a bit overpowering. If your mixture is too runny add more dessicated coconut.
Roll into balls, dredge in more dessicated coconut and put in the fridge or freezer for a few hours to firm up. The chia seeds will work their magic and pretty soon you’ll have nice firm balls – if that’s what you’re into ;-)