When I was a kid growing up in Egypt there were a couple of foods I REALLY hated! One of them was dates; I have many varied memories surrounding dates – one of the most vivid was my Mum doing a trade off with a bedouin woman. She allowed my mum to take photos of her and all her stunning needle work – whilst my sister and I got backache gathering as many dates as we could find.
Dates were in every home and we were expected to eat and appreciate them, I found them super sticky and too sweet, or too dry and like crystalline sugars. Give me a couple of inches of sugar cane to suck on over dates any day! The other food I hated was desiccated coconut – it was dry and made my tongue and mouth feel yucky as if sawdust was swelling as it combined with my saliva growing into a cloying suffocating ball of mush!
However… we used to make these chocolate truffles at Christmas in Cairo and I call them Amaze-balls because… Yes! You guessed it they have both dates and desiccated coconut in them – yet somehow they become delicious, and consumable! I can happily scoff these down no cloying involved! They keep really well in a sealed container in the fridge – ready to eat whenever you fancy.
As a child we used eggs in them, obviously that is not feasible in our house so I use a flax egg. You can add or take away ingredients to suit you. What I have created with our necessary adaptions is vegan, gluten-free and paleo friendly.
Chocolate (date & coconut) Amaze-balls!! – Ingredients
dark chocolate (I used a 70% one which is dairy-free and soya-free), dates, flax egg, desiccated coconut, coatings 9I used desiccated coconut for half & chopped, toasted hazelnuts for the other half)
Chocolate (date & coconut) Amaze-balls!! – Process (makes 16)
- Make your flax egg if you are egg-free like us (here’s how)
- In your coffee grinder or spice grinder blitz a load of flax seeds
- Into a small bowl add:
- 1 Tbs ground up flax seed
- 3 Tbs filtered water
- Leave it for 15 mins so congeal and become the consistency of egg!
- Boil some water, pop it into a pan and place a glass jar onto to melt:
- about 100 g dark chocolate
- In your blender or spicer blitz:
- 7/8 dates depending on their size
- Once the chocolate has melted take out of the pan of water and add:
- blitzed dates – mix them into the chocolate
- your flax egg
- ½ C desiccated coconut
- Mix them all up into a dark chocolatey gloop
- Pop your coating into a bowl – I covered half in desiccated coconut, and half in chopped toasted hazelnuts
- Pop a load of little cases onto a plate ready for the yummy magic balls
- Roll your mix into a little balls and pop into your coating to cover – you can carry on shaping them in the coating mix
- Drop into waiting cases
- Leave to cool
I hope that even if you hate dates and desiccated coconut you try these as they are AMAZE-BALLS! Happy eating, and let me know if you are amazed 😉 Rai x