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Semi-Healthy No-Bake Candy Cane Chocolate Balls Recipe

Updated on November 3, 2015
A fun and mostly healthy treat for the holidays!
A fun and mostly healthy treat for the holidays! | Source

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!

A new way to enjoy your candy canes this holiday season!
A new way to enjoy your candy canes this holiday season! | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 20 min
Ready in: 20 min
Yields: Makes 24 Chocolate balls (varies on size)

Ingredients

  • 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
Start with one cup of broken up candy canes.
Start with one cup of broken up candy canes. | Source
What candy canes look like after the food processor! It's almost like magical Christmas dust!
What candy canes look like after the food processor! It's almost like magical Christmas dust! | Source
The healthy, no bake chocolate dough used to make the delicious treats.
The healthy, no bake chocolate dough used to make the delicious treats. | Source
Roll the chocolate dough into small balls and then roll in the candy cane dust like a snowball!
Roll the chocolate dough into small balls and then roll in the candy cane dust like a snowball! | Source
  1. Take small candy canes (easier to work with), break into pieces and measure out about 1 cup.
  2. 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)
  3. 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.
  4. Remove any seeds in the dates and add to food processor.
  5. 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.
  6. Once mixture is clumping together in food processor, the chocolate balls are ready to be made! Unplug food processor and remove blades (Be Careful!)
  7. Take candy cane powder you've set aside and pour on to a plate.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
5 stars from 3 ratings of No Bake Candy Cane Chocolate Balls

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    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      3 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks for the comment The Dirty Farmer, if you take out the candy canes you'll still end up with a delicious raw chocolate snack!

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      Jill Spencer 

      3 years ago from United States

      Probably not this summer but definitely during the holidays, I am going to try this recipe. Thanks for sharing!

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      3 years ago from Connecticut

      They are delicious vesapwoolf and pretty healthy for you too! If you leave out the candy cane you'll get a tasty chocolate treat! Thanks for the comment!

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      vespawoolf 

      3 years ago from Peru, South America

      These sound delicious. We have everything but the candy canes in Peru. Will have to try this with another local candy. Thanks!

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      3 years ago from Connecticut

      Yup peachpurple! Simplicity can make some of the most delicious treats!

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      peachy 

      3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Honest, this is extremely an easy candy

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      3 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks vespawoolf! Cacao, dates and chocolate are a fantastic combination! Just take out the peppermint in this recipe for a delicious raw chocolate truffle!

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      vespawoolf 

      3 years ago from Peru, South America

      These sound delicious and healthy! I love anything with cacao, dates and chocolate. Thanks for sharing!

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      3 years ago from Connecticut

      Thanks DzyMsLizzy!

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      Liz Elias 

      3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Ooohhh... those sound delicious! And a bit different than the old standard rum balls. Pinning!

    • BWD316 profile imageAUTHOR

      Brian Dooling 

      3 years ago from Connecticut

      Hope you enjoy it RTalloni!

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      RTalloni 

      3 years ago from the short journey

      Oh me… I may be in trouble. Thanks for sharing this fabulous recipe!

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