Chocolate Walnut Date Balls: Healthy AND Yummy + Only 5 Ingredients
Wait till you taste these healthy bliss balls! They combine the deliciousness of walnuts and chocolate with the sweetness of dates in a healthy and quick-to-make treat for snack or dessert. It’s chocolatey yum that you can feel good about eating and sharing.
Chocolate! I MUST have chocolate. It feels so good to have really delicious desserts with benefits! This one is fast to make. Kids love the chewy chocolatey taste. And grownups like the bite-sized portions. Throw two into a lunch box and I’m smiling!
Why these chocolatey gems earn “dessert with benefits” status
Walnuts are good for the brain, the heart and the gut. Dates are a delicious part of a Mediterranean diet and loaded with health-boosting phytonutrients. And chocolate is chocolate – 1 of my 3 favorite foods. Here’s how to keep chocolate in your healthy diet. I do. Barely a day goes by that I don’t have a tiny bit of my favorite food.
If you’re a chocolate and peanut butter fan (peanut butter is one of my other favorite foods), try these Chocolate Peanut Butter Oat Balls.
Pro tip: Use cocoa powder that has not been Dutched or processed with alkali. This type of processing destroys some of cocoa’s health-shielding properties.
Healthy Chocolate Walnut Date Balls
- food processor
- 1 cup pitted sticky dates such as Medjool or Deglet Noor (4.5 ounces)
- ½ cup raisins (2.3 ounces)
- ½ cup walnuts (2 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- ¼ cup chocolate chips (1.5 ounces)
- 1 tablespoon water
- Using a food processor, process everything except the water until finely chopped.
- Add the water and process again for several seconds until you have a sticky mass.
- Using damp hands, form 18 (1-inch) balls, each weighing about 18 grams.
- Place the balls in a container with a lid. Separate the layers with wax paper. Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
Healthy date balls? Or something else?
I usually call concoctions like these date balls. Other people call them bliss balls or energy balls. Healthy bliss balls works for me because they are blissfully delicious and mighty nutritious. Energy balls never sounded right because to most people, energy deals with having pep in your step. And these healthy date balls are no more or less likely to energize you than are other wholesome treats. And to dietitians, the word energy is synonymous to calories. And that totally feels wrong. Healthy calorie balls? No. I’ll stick with healthy date balls or bliss balls.
Regardless of what you call them, these chocolate walnut date balls are a winner. They have it all: taste, nutrition, and they’re simple to make.
Cheers to desserts with benefits!
Jill Weisenberger, MS, RDN, CDE, CHWC, FAND, is a Nutrition, Culinary & Diabetes Expert, Wellcoach®-certified health and wellness coach, Freelance Writer, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Certified Diabetes Educator. She's also the author of four books, including a best-seller. She's a nationally-recognized media expert in high demand for print and online interviews, as well as corporate and one-on-one nutritional counseling. Jill's philosophy is that nutrition science should be understandable, realistic and oh so delicious.
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