Honey nougat goji cashew cacao ball delights

12 May 2013 at 12:13am 4 comments

The title is long and a work in progress, but the balls themselves are raw and scrumptious – and everyone knows just how loved up you feel after a solid dose of good chocolate.

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I have tasted a number of variations on the goji-cacao ball theme in the past and none quite hit the spot like these, which I whipped up quickly when I needed a healthy snack for a girls’ night. I hope you like them too.

Recipe #141: Honey Nougat Goji Cashew Cacao Ball Delights. You will need a food processor, Thermomix or similar to create this recipe. Makes around 20.

You will need:
► seeds from ½ of a vanilla pod [or ½ tsp of vanilla paste/powder]
► ½ tsp ground cinnamon
► 20g cacao powder
► 200g cashews
► 120g shredded coconut [or use desiccated if you can't find the shredded version]
► 50g goji berries
► 50g pitted dates
► 50g jarrah honey [you can use any type of raw honey you have to hand, however jarrah honey has the distinctive taste I was after, plus it is also purported to exhibit greater antimicrobial and antifungal qualities than other honeys]
► extra cacao powder, to serve

Start by processing the vanilla, cinnamon, cacao powder, cashew and coconut until the mixture reaches the consistency of a fine breadcrumb [TM: this takes about 10 seconds on speed 8]. Add in the goji berries, dates and honey, then process until the mixture clumps together when you press it in your hand [TM: process for about 10 seconds on speed 8, followed by a manual mix with a spatula to ensure nothing is stuck to the bottom, then process on speed 10 for up to 30 seconds, or until the TM grinding sounds laboured].

Roll your mixture into balls of any size you like. Mine were moulded from rounded teaspoonfuls of the mix:

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Refrigerate on a bed of cacao powder in a container for at least two hours (or freeze for one hour). When you are sure that your balls are quite firm, shake them around in the container for an even coating of the powder. Store in the fridge until ready to serve.

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Eat. Enjoy. Yum.

H :)

PS. On a personal note, I got married on 30 April (International Jazz Day)! Another reason, besides the chocolate, to feel lovey dovey :)

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Roeli  |  18 May 2013 at 12:39pm

    Thanx Hannah for this recipe yum…yum…Congrats on your wedding my love… Roeli Xxx

    Reply
    • 2. Hannah  |  20 May 2013 at 1:59pm

      Thanks for visiting, Roeli, and for your lovely comment! I hope these work out as well for you as they did for me.

      H :)

      Reply
  • 3. Chefs in Shorts  |  23 May 2013 at 12:54pm

    These look great, never used goji before

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    • 4. Hannah  |  15 June 2013 at 8:13pm

      Thanks for your comment, Chefs in Shorts. I like goji berries for their mild sweetness and tart finish – complementary to the bitterness of the raw cacao.

      H :)

      Reply

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