Prep time 1 hour | Cooking time 2 mins | Makes 20 eggs
Finally an Easter Egg which won’t hurt your waistline. These sugar-free guilt-free treats are in fact packed full of nutrients and energy.
We all love a good Easter Egg. I enjoy chilling hollow eggs in the fridge and eating them when they’re nice and cold for that perfect crack (Yes chocolate connoisseurs, I know that you’re meant to eat chocolate at room temperature). This year for Easter I was thinking about a healthier gift that I could make for my friends and family. When you have a nutritionist-in-training for a sister, and many friends who are vegan, you have to keep our options open. The secret to this recipe is that they are made with a “Bliss Ball” base of dates, almonds and raw cacao. Raw cacao is made from cold-pressed un-roasted cocoa beans with high levels of magnesium, iron, potassium, zinc, copper and manganese (more info here). Make these little cuties, then roll them in whatever takes your fancy and they’ll make the perfect Easter gift.
- 24 dried dates, chopped
- ¼ cup boiled water
- 2 cups almond meal
- 4 tbsp raw cacao
- sunflower seeds, desiccated coconut, lemon zest, chopped nuts or crushed freeze-dried berries to coat.
Prepare the dates. Place the dates into a heat proof bowl and cover with boiling water. Microwave on high for 30 seconds until the dates are softened. Stir to form a paste and allow to cool.
Make the base. Once the date have cooled, add the almond meal and raw cacao and stir until the mixture forms a soft, pliable dough. Roll teaspoons of the dough into balls then shape into eggs.
Coat the eggs. Roll the eggs into the casting of your choice. You could use seeds, chopped nuts, lemon zest or freeze-dried berries. For a full-on flavour hit I tried something a bit crazy and coated some in crushed wasabi peas. It sounds weird but they look great and you get a subtle wasabi flavour.
What’s on your Easter menu? Have you got a delicious roast planned, or perhaps your fine-tuning your baking skills with some hot cross buns, or a wicked chocolate Easter tart. Let me know in the comments below.
Happy cooking and keep smiling,