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Decadent Chocolate Date Balls

Why not treat your loved ones to a sweet and tasty treat this Valentine’s Day? With this recipe you can do just that! Plus, these are so scrumptious that you won’t even have to tell them that they are healthy to boot!

Chocolate is a must during this holiday of love! And, we made sure to include it twice in this recipe. Did you know that cocoa contains flavanols, and some studies show that it can improve your eye and brain function? That’s right, yet another great reason to eat chocolate.

Apart from flavanols, this recipe also includes, nutrients to optimize your eye health, like vitamin C and E, carotenoids, as well as lutein and zeaxanthin.

INGREDIENTS
-20 soft dates, pitted
-1/2-cup walnuts or nut of your choice, roughly chopped
-1/3-cup unsweetened shredded coconut (plus extra to sprinkle on top)
-2 tablespoons cocoa powder
-1 tablespoon water, if needed
-12 oz. dark chocolate

INSTRUCTIONS
1.Place the dates and nuts in a food processor.
2.If needed, smooth out the mixture by adding the water. The final result should have the consistency of a paste.
3.Add the coconut and cocoa powder to the mixture. Stir until mixed well.
4.Roll the mixture into balls and place them on a parchment lined baking sheet.
5.Insert toothpicks in each ball.
6.Place in the freezer and allow the balls to harden.
7.Once the balls have hardened, melt the chocolate in a double boiler or in the microwave.
8.Dip the balls in the melted chocolate. Make sure that they are thoroughly coated.
9.Place the coated ball back on the parchment lined baking sheet, remove the toothpick and sprinkle it with the shredded coconut.
10.Once all of the balls have been covered with chocolate and sprinkled with coconut, place the baking sheet back in the freezer to set the chocolate. You can store these in the freezer or the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Simply take them out a few minutes before you plan on indulging.

Now, all that is left to do is enjoy these chewy goodies with your Valentine!

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