Christmas recipe – Chocolate cinnamon snowballs – gluten free, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean, vegan and paleo friendly.
This is another one of my first recipes I created for The Pantry Of Eden along with my almond macadamia snowballs. You’ll find these have a soft chocolate flavour along with a hint of cinnamon. If you want a more intense chocolate flavour you can add more cacao powder but keep in mind you may need to add more sweetener to compensate or it could start to taste bitter. Have a play around with it. I had a male taste tester who is a big sweet tooth (the naughty kind) who gave the thumbs up for these as well as the almond macadamia ones (thanks Jim!).
You can give these to your friends as a gift mixed in with the almond macadamia snowballs as per the picture below. They’d look great presented in a jar with a lid. Add a Christmas bow to make it festive.
I’ve used almond flour/meal without the skin (sometimes called blanched almond flour) in this recipe as opposed to slivered almonds in the almond and macadamia snow balls recipe. No special reason – it’s all I had on hand. If you don’t have any, simply pop some slivered almonds in your food processor and blitz till it turns into flour and measure out a cup’s worth from there. Almonds without the skin have a lighter flavour hence why slivered almonds are used instead of almonds with their skin still on. If all you can find is almond meal/almonds with the skin on, then by all means use that instead.
I’ll post one more recipe before I head down to Tassie. It will be a nutrient dense dessert to serve at Christmas so be on the lookout for it this Sunday. I already posted a dessert recipe idea last Sunday. It was my Christmas parfait with honey almond crunch recipe which uses soaked cashews to make the chocolate cream.
Ingredients I used
Love, Tash x
Why this is so good for you
Almonds alkalize the body (good for fighting inflammation), nourish the nervous system, provide good brain function, build strong bones and teeth, provide healthy fats which aids in weight loss, reduce risk of heart disease and help protect against diabetes.
Macadamia nuts help prevent heart disease and stroke, help avoid sugar cravings, boost the immune system and help slow the ageing process.
Dates create healthy bowel movement, strengthen bones, decrease feelings of fatigue and sluggishness, support the nervous system and reduce the risk of stroke and other heart related illnesses.
Raw cacao powder (pronounced ka-kow) is full of antioxidants and protects against the ravages of aging and cancer, improves digestion, gives energy, improves mood, lowers blood pressure and increases circulation.
Cinnamon is anti-clotting, helps treat candida, helps reduce blood sugar levels, protects against heart disease, reduces risk of colon cancer, provides cold and flu relief, helps fight against bacterial and fungal infections and helps prevent Alzheimer’s Disease.
Coconut speed up metabolism, reduce risk of heart disease, reduce risk of diabetes, improve digestion, increase immune strength, are anti – bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal and anti-parasitic; prevent osteoporosis, prevent stroke and help prevent the onset if Alzheimer’s disease.
Love, Tash x
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- 1 cup macadamia nuts
- 1/2 cup dessicated coconut + extra for rolling balls in
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted and soaked in hot water for 10 - 15 minutes
- 2 tablespoons raw cacao powder or unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- Drain dates and gently squeeze out excess moisture.
- Place ingredients into a food processor and blitz till mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Mixture should stick together when pinched.
- Using a measuring (tea) spoon, measure out heaped teaspoons of mixture and roll into balls.
- Roll in dessicated coconut. Chill.