Dairy and Sugar-free Dessert Recipe
These days I’ve been experimenting with dairy and sugar free dessert and sweet snack recipes, trying to find something ‘quick and easy’.
As most of you have noticed by now, I love my sweets and this recipe is one of my favorites.
First because it’s so easy to make, no baking involved, second because all the ingredients are really good for you, and third because they taste so yummy.
I call them ‘Super Sugar Free Energy balls’
They are packed with goodness (see note below) and can be eaten as a quick breakfast snack, before or after a workout, as a snack during the day, or in my case, to satisfy my sweet craving.
For this recipe I used almond butter, but you can use any nut butter of your choice.
There are many variations of this recipe and you can get really creative, but for now I’ll stick to just this one.
1 cup dates, soaked in warm water for a few minutes
3 tablespoons raw organic almond butter
¼ cup dark chocolate, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon chia seeds
2/3 cup organic gluten free oats
Desiccated coconut for coating, about 2 tablespoons
Place the drained dates (pitted) in a food processor and pulse until finely chopped or until it forms a ball
Place the dates and remaining ingredients into a bowl and mix well until all ingredients are well incorporated (I find using my hands works best)
Roll into balls and coat with coconut
Place in the refrigerator to cool and harden
That’s it! How easy is that!
Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals. It’s a good source of energy, sugar and fibre, essential minerals such as calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc are found in dates. It also contains vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin A and vitamin K.
Eating almonds offers antioxidant action from Vitamin E and helps lower cholesterol. A small serving of almond butter contains a generous amount of magnesium–which boosts heart health by promoting the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients–and potassium, important for good blood pressure and heart health.
Chia seeds are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. They are loaded with fibre, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids and various micronutrients.
Dark Chocolate is a Powerful Source of Antioxidants.
Oats lower Cholesterol Levels.