Semi-Healthy No-Bake Candy Cane Chocolate Balls Recipe
Love candy canes? Love chocolate? Then this recipe is for you! These No Bake Candy Cane Chocolate Balls are not only easy to make but fun and festive too! They make for a great holiday treat and are actually pretty healthy!
No need to turn the oven on for this recipe. All you need is a food processor and your hands! Depending on the exact types of ingredients you use, this recipe can easily be vegan. The chocolate balls are also complete raw excluding the crushed candy cane.
Minus the sugar from the candy canes and chocolate, the rest of the ingredients are actually very healthy! Medjool Dates are a great source of fiber, Raw Cacao Powder is considered a superfood, and coconut oil is one of the best oils to consume!
So treat your family and friends this Christmas to a healthy decadent dessert that satisfy's the sweet tooth!
- 1 cup Candy Canes, I used about 30 small candy canes
- 3/4 cups Raw Cacao Powder
- 8 Medjool Dates (pitted)
- 1 cup Chocolate chips, I mixed in a few white chocolate chips as well. Use dark chocolate to make the recipe vegan
- 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil
- A pinch sea salt
- 5 teaspoons water, Use less or more depending on how dry the dough is
- Take small candy canes (easier to work with), break into pieces and measure out about 1 cup.
- Add 1 cup of broken candy canes to food processor and grind for about 15 seconds or until the candy canes turn into a powder. Remove 1/2 a cup of the candy cane powder and set aside to use later (Safety tip: remember to turn off your food processor before removing some of the candy cane powder)
- Add all dry ingredients to the remaining candy cane powder in food processor (cacao powder, salt, chocolate chips) Chop till chocolate chips are in chunks and powders are mixed.
- Remove any seeds in the dates and add to food processor.
- Add coconut oil to food processor. Then chop and grind until mixture takes on a dough texture. Add a teaspoon of water at a time if mixture is too dry.
- Once mixture is clumping together in food processor, the chocolate balls are ready to be made! Unplug food processor and remove blades (Be Careful!)
- Take candy cane powder you've set aside and pour on to a plate.
- Time to get a little messy! With you hands take a small clump of the dough and roll between your hands till round. The balls should clump together due to the dates, water and coconut oil. You can make the balls any size you want. Mine are between the size of a marble and a golf ball.
- Roll the chocolate ball in the candy cane powder, covering all sides and place on a plate. Like rolling a snowball in the snow! Repeat until all dough has been made into chocolate balls.
- Place your plate of Candy Cane Chocolate Balls into the fridge for anywhere from an hour to a day for the balls to set. Serve with a smile because everyone will love these treats!