Wild Orange Chocolate Balls (Cane Sugar Free, Dairy Free & Vegan)

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Alrighty folks, here it is…these chocolate power balls are  one of the best snacks around! They are naturally energizing, taste fabulous and are jam packed with fiber, protein and all the good yumminess your body needs and naturally craves. My daughter just ate 5 of these babies. I had to cut her off from any more until I make a new batch tomorrow. Because I will be…they are just too good not to when I still have the ingredients on hand!

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Wild Orange Chocolate Balls (Cane Sugar Free, Dairy Free & Vegan)
Recipe type: Snack, Dessert
Cuisine: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Vegan
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Serves: 4
  • 5 dates
  • 1 cup cashews
  • ½ cup sunflower kernels
  • ⅓ cup organic maple syrup
  • ½ cup chocolate powder or cacao powder
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 5 drops wild orange essential oil
  1. Soak the dates in a small bowl of water for 10 minutes. Discard the water and remove the pits from the dates. Place all ingredients into a food processor. Process for 3 minutes, stopping to scrape sides of bowl if needed.
  2. Turn off food processor and roll mix into small balls. Eat up friends!
  3. Want to switch it up? Additional ideas: substitute cacao powder for carob powder. Instead of wild orange essential oil, try cassia, cinnamon or peppermint essential oils or extracts.


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  1. nicolebogacki1027 says:

    Hi there. Found you on Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways. I’m curious about substitutions in this recipe. (Only because I dislike extra trips to the store and I’m interested in making these, um, now!) Does it have to be cashews and sunflower kernels or would any combination of nuts/seeds work? And how about the maple syrup? Does it serve mainly as a sweetener or does it highly affect flavor and texture?

    • nicolebogacki1027 Howdy! Yes, any combination of nuts/seeds you like should work. I would think pecans would be super tasty in these balls! I used maple syrup because the recipe needs something sticky to make the mix stick together to roll into balls as well as it is a natural sweetener. You could also try coconut nectar, raw honey, etc. Hope that helps :)

  2. Therawfoodsisters says:

    Yumm! Looks delicious! Love raw balls. Perfect little treat! / http://www.therawfoodsisters.com

  3. OMG, these are awesome! Get ready to gobble them up. I love the essence of wild orange combined with chocolate, dates, and nuts. A real winner. Thanks, Laura!

  4. hannahwhitewv says:

    What a great treat!!  I’d like to invite you to share your post with us at Eco-Kids!http://likemamalikedaughter.blogspot.com/2013/04/enchanted-trees-at-eco-kids-tuesday.html

  5. Yum!  Loving these balls!  I just love chocolate and orange together!

  6. Oooooh, come share at Raw Foods Thursdays! These look to DIE for! Orange and chocolate are such a wonderful combination. I’ve never enjoyed a raw version!

  7. KathyReynolds says:

    Wonderful recipe! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks!

  8. Miz Helen says:

    Sure wish I had one of these awesome balls right now.  Your recipe is fabulous and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

  9. Mmm, I love orange and chocolate combinations! This recipe would be a great addition to 5-Ingredient Mondays (http://siftstirandsavour.com/2013/04/28/5-ingredient-mondays-sugar-free-chunky-monkey-cereal-vegan-gluten-free/), if you’re interested :)

  10. hannahwhitewv says:

    Oh my!!!

  11. Chelle Patterson says:

    I love chocolate and orange treats! Thanks for sharing!

  12. I don’t like dates. Would another dried fruit work? Maybe apricots??

  13. Would you have to add a flavored essential oil? Its the only ingredient I don’t have, and there is a blizzard blowing outside right now, so no trips to the store until tomorrow. I’d love to make them right now! :)


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