Oh my, oh my! It’s only two days to Christmas!! (I count Christmas Eve + Christmas Day as “Christmas” because our family celebrates on Christmas eve too!)
So – do you remember Terry’s Chocolate Oranges… that you SMASH?! I think they are still around actually, but I haven’t had one in AGES! Well, those are what inspired me to make this recipe!
I am a big fan of the chocolate + orange flavour combination. The rich, decadent, almost smoky flavour of dark chocolate cut with the sweet and tart citrus orange – it’s just divine! Unfortunately, Terry’s oranges are far from healthy, and the flavour is pretty artificial. So, I thought I’d bring the delicious flavours together again in a real, whole food, healthy kind of way!
Making chocolate-covered energy balls is becoming a little NITK Christmas tradition it seems! Last year I made these delicious gingerbread ones, and they were a big hit! This year it’s chocolate orange, and next year, well I’ve already got some yummy ideas in mind!
I used simple, healthy ingredients to make these orange balls, and there isn’t one ingredient that is not nutritionist approved!
Let’s see…in this recipe we’ve got:
raw cashews // a great source of healthy omega fatty acids, magnesium, and zinc!
pitted dates // a fantastic source of dietary fibre and a plethora of minerals like iron, calcium, and magnesium!
coconut flour // another great source of dietary fibre and healthy fats!
navel oranges // a powerhouse of antioxidants like Vitamin C and A, potassium, and soluble fibre!
75% dark chocolate // more, more, more antioxidants!
coconut oil // full of healthy fatty acids!
…and that’s it!
- In a food processor add cashews, dates, coconut flour, orange juice, 2 tablespoons of the orange zest.
- Process for 2-3 minutes until well combined into a sticky "dough".
- With clean, wet hands, roll the dough using your palms into golf ball sized balls, and place on a baking pan.
- Place the balls in the freezer for 1 hour.
- After an hour, heat a small pan over low heat and add in the chocolate and coconut oil. Stir until melted together into a smooth sauce.
- Take a large plate and sprinkle the remaining 2 tablespoons of zest on the plate.
- Take the orange balls out of the freezer and roll each ball into the melted chocolate mixture to coat, then lightly over the orange zest. Place back on the baking pan.
- Once all balls are coated in chocolate and orange zest, place the pan back in the freezer for 1 hour longer to set.
Seeing as this will be the last time I post until after Christmas, I’d like to wish, from my family to yours…
A very, very, very Merry + Blessed Christmas!
Nutritionist in the Kitch