Are you a keen Christmas baker? I’m a bit hit and miss in the kitchen, to be honest, but I absolutely love getting together with friends over the festive season to bake sweet, seasonal treats. And this year there’s one recipe that I’m desperate to try: Liz Earle MBE’s spiced chocolate orange date balls.
As Christmas treats go, these babies are relatively guilt-free. And they’re super easy to make! I suggested whipping up two batches – one for yourself (they make great office snacks) and another to divide into ribbon-tied cellophane parcels and give out as little gifts…
Spiced Chocolate Orange Date Balls Recipe
(From the Liz Earle Wellbeing Yearbook, Volume Two)
12 Medjool dates, chopped
100g toasted hazelnuts
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 orange, zest and juice
½ tsp ground cinnamon
Pinch of mixed spice
100g orange-flavoured dark chocolate, melted and cooled
Edible spray glitter (optional)
1. Line a baking sheet with baking paper. Put the chopped dates, hazelnuts, cacao powder, orange juice and zest, and spices into a food processor and whizz until fully combined. Pinch off walnut-sized pieces of mixture and roll into small balls. Stick a cocktail stick into each ball, stand on the baking tray and chill for half an hour.
2. Remove from the fridge, dip into the melted chocolate, shaking off any excess, then pop back in the fridge to set.
3. Just before serving, take out the cocktail sticks and spray with a little edible gold glitter spray.
Wellbeing Wisdom: The higher the percentage of cocoa solids in a bar, the healthier it is as it will contain more flavonoids, so always choose dark chocolate with at least 70% cocoa solids or above. Studies show that flavonoids can lower blood pressure and so are beneficial to our cardiovascular health.
This recipe is extracted from the the Liz Earle Wellbeing Yearbook, Volume Two.
Will you be giving Liz Earle’s chocolate orange date balls recipe a go, this Christmas? What are your favourite festive treats to bake?
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