The Recipe: Guilt Free Nut & Cacao Balls

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No, these aren’t the giant Maltesers of your dreams and no, these aren’t the aftermath of a dodgy dinner. Although these aren’t the prettiest little things, I’ve been on the hunt for something sweet I can whip up in the kitchen and not feel tooooo guilty about scoffing three in as many seconds.

This is my own spin on recipes by Madeleine Shaw and Anna from ViviannaDoesMakeup that I find produce a tasty outcome! The recipe makes around 24 servings, depending on how big you like your balls (hehe).


150g pitted medjool dates (you can buy them in Tesco and M&S and pit them yourself)

50g finely diced almonds

3 heaped tablespoons of cacao powder

1 tablespoon coconut oil

1 tablespoon set honey

125g nut butter 

1. Blend the almonds and set aside. Chop the dates into little pieces and pop them in the blender with the nut butter (chopping them small makes it easier for the blender)

2. Add everything into the blender for a final mix. Add cacao nibs or chocolate chips if you’re feeling wild.

3. Roll the mixture into balls and place on a lined tray in the freezer for an hour to set. Keep them in tupperware in the fridge and they last about a week.

That’s it! A simple and easy recipe to appease your sweet tooth. I like these dipped in yoghurt too as a dessert!

What healthy snacks do you like to bake? 

Be sure to tweet me @kirstiepicker if you make this recipe!



  1. Samantha Brooks
    January 17, 2016 / 10:43 pm

    Oooh these look so yummy! I have an awful sweet tooth which usually leads to me nibbling away on lots of chocolate, so I may have to give these a try soon. Anything on the healthier side has to be good! xSmall&Blondeโ™ฅ

    • Kirstie Pickering
      January 18, 2016 / 10:10 pm

      Thanks lovely! I like that it's a chuck everything in sort of quick recipe too! x

  2. Julia Kaylee Dawn
    January 18, 2016 / 8:04 am

    This is such an amazing alternate to the chocolate desserts! I've been noticing myself craving too much chocolate even though I need to loose some weight ๐Ÿ™ Thanks for sharing this idea!!!! xx

    • Kirstie Pickering
      January 18, 2016 / 10:11 pm

      I hope you like them Julia! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Tanesha Marie
    January 20, 2016 / 7:18 pm

    YUM! These look lovely. Tanesha

    • Kirstie Pickering
      January 20, 2016 / 9:14 pm

      Thanks Tanesha! x

  4. Adalias C
    January 21, 2016 / 1:44 am

    These look so simple to make and sound delicious, can't wait to try them!

    • Kirstie Pickering
      January 21, 2016 / 11:03 pm

      Thanks lovely! Tweet me a photo if you do ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  5. thatsellen
    June 7, 2016 / 10:22 am

    Looks so yummy! Might have to make these :)Ellen x

    • Kirstie Pickering
      June 14, 2016 / 5:35 pm

      They are so delicious! Need to whip myself up another batch! x

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