Salted maple-almond balls

AT A GLANCE

Some people might call these bliss or energy balls - we call them can't-stop-at-one delicious. These little bites of goodness, with a good whack of salt cutting through the sweetness, make the perfect lunchbox snack or after-dinner treat. We've rolled ours in extra coconut, but they could also be dusted in raw cacao to make them look like truffles.

  • 125 ml (½ cup) maple syrup
  • 40 gm coconut oil
  • 250 gm almonds
  • 100 gm moist coconut flakes or shredded coconut, plus extra for rolling
  • 130 gm pitted dates, coarsely chopped
  • 20 gm roasted sesame seeds
  • 20 gm cacao nibs
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean extract
  • Finely grated rind and juice of ½ orange
01   Simmer maple syrup in a saucepan over medium-high heat until caramelised (3-4 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in coconut oil.
02   Process almonds and coconut in a food processor until finely chopped but not so much that they lose their texture. Add dates and process to combine. Transfer to a bowl, add sesame seeds, cacao nibs, vanilla, orange rind and juice, maple mixture and 1½ tsp sea salt flakes, and mix with your hands to combine well. Roll into walnut-sized balls, then roll in extra coconut. They’ll keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a month.
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