Chocolate & Ginger Great Balls of Fire

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taste better than they look!

A few weeks ago I shared with your my amaze-balls, little blasts from the past of my youth in North Africa. This is a variation on the theme, utilising one of our favourite ever flavours – ginger, and the sweet heat it provides as a tasty, sweet and fiery ingredient. I was pretty tempted to add a hit of malibu rum to help me get through the France school trip! However as I’ll be sharing them with Aars I won’t be including alcohol in the recipe today ;P.

What I have created with our necessary adaptions is  vegan, gluten-free and paleo friendly. I have made a batch of these to take to France with us so that we have handy bite-size sweet treats which are great for us, energising, and chocolatey.

Chocolate & Ginger Great Balls of Fire – 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)

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blitz dates & ginger

Chocolate & Ginger Great Balls of Fire – Process (makes 20)

  • 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 combine:
    • 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 dates
    • 3 balls of stem ginger and a some of their sweet sticky juice
  • Once the chocolate has melted take out of the pan of water and add:
    everything in give it a stir
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    • blitzed dates & ginger – 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 mine in cocoa powder, desiccated coconut also works well
  • 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 “Great Balls of Fire”. Let me know if your make the grown-up version with alcohol added – should be awesome I reckon! Happy eating, Rai x

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