I love chocolate. Some may say I have a chocolate problem. I don’t think it is a problem as I have no issue with it.
If pressed I wouldn’t say I have sweet tooth. I have a weakness for chocolate, and apparently snickerdoodle cookies, but otherwise I can take or leave candy.
When I worked outside the home and had an office I had a designated drawer in my desk just for chocolate. At any given point in time I had at least 4 different kinds of chocolate but more often than not I had 10-15. You read that right. Ten to fifteen chocolate bars. Mid-afternoon I would paw through the drawer to find just a bite or two of the chocolate that would fit my mood that day.
Once I became a stay at home mama I transferred all that chocolate to a cabinet in the kitchen (my new office). Little quickly learned when I snuck off to the kitchen around 3 in the afternoon that it was chocolate time. I have given him tastes of chocolate from very early on. And only good chocolate mind you. None of this Hershey’s crap.
The child is a chocolate fiend. What can I say? He takes after his mama. Like his mama though he doesn’t eat much at a time. This probably has to do more with his access to said chocolate rather than his self control. Just sayin.
One of my dear friends made this last week for a playdate we attended. Holy cow a bite of chocolate without a lick of sugar? Yes we can have the conversation of not eating too much dried fruit and that dried fruit has lots of sugar but I don’t care. At the end of the day it is still just fruit. And it is stupid good.
So here you go. My new obsession- chocolate I don’t feel the least bit bad about eating or feeding to the little.
Two things. First let these set in the fridge for a bit. I dare you to bite in to a cold one and compare it to a real chocolate truffle. So stinking close in flavor and texture. Second double the batch. Or triple it. There are never enough.
Fudge Date Balls (makes 6)
adapted from The Happy Raw Kitchen
8 pitted dates
1 tablespoon cocoa powder, or carob
1 tablespoon hulled hemp seeds (any nut or seed really will do)
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 tablespoon dried coconut (not sweetened)
1-2 tablespoons hemp seeds or coconut for rolling
Process the ingredients ingredients in food processor until mixture starts sticking together. Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in extra hemp seeds or coconut. Balls can be refrigerated about 1 hour to firm up (DO THIS). These are very soft and chewy if eaten right away.