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Almond Cacao Balls

Ingredients

  • 1 & 1/3 Cups of Almonds (200g)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon of Vanilla Powder or 1 Vanilla Pod
  • 2 Tablespoons of Cacao Powder
  • 1 Tablespoon of Melted Coconut Oil
  • 2 Teaspoons of Maple Syrup
  • Sea Salt

I’ve been gradually reducing the amount of natural sweeteners I use in my treats and these ones only have a teeny two teaspoons of maple syrup in the whole batch. They’re gorgeously sweet though from the intense vanilla powder and have so much chocolatey goodness from the rich cacao powder and sea salt. They’re full of Vitamin E and antioxidants so they’re amazing for your skin and the dream for any chocolate lover. Almond cacao balls 1

Roast the almonds at 180’C for 8-10 minutes until golden.

Add them to your food processor and blend until you have a very fine flour. Add in the vanilla powder, cacao powder and a good pinch of sea salt and blend until combined.

Add in the coconut oil and maple syrup and blend on high. The key to these is to keep blending. You want to blend on high speed for about 3 minutes (depending on your machine). Keep blending until you basically have a thick nut butter. The mixture should be starting to stick together and glisten-  if it’s dry and crumbly keep going.

When the mixture is the right consistency, roll it into balls.

17 Comments to Almond Cacao Balls

  1. Jen says:

    Can you use a different oil instead of coconut oil?

  2. Robyn says:

    Can you use 200g of Ground Almonds instead?

    • Indy Power says:

      You can use ground almonds but roasting the almonds makes a huge difference to the flavour, which is why I use whole to start with. If you want to use ground I would roast them very carefully (they burn really easily!) until golden and then use them. You would need 160g of ground x

  3. Grace says:

    Hi Indy, where do you get your vanilla powder? I find it quite hard to come by. Recipe looks amazing x

  4. mira mcloughlin says:

    Can I use almondbutter instead as I have a big jar of it and not sure on how to use it.

    • Indy Power says:

      You can but it would need more dry ingredients as almond butter will make the mixture too wet, so I would use almonds for this one. Loads of my recipes use almond butter though if you want to have a look and use it for another x

  5. Ann says:

    These look yummy. Can you use vanilla essence?

    • Indy Power says:

      Vanilla powder makes a huge difference to the flavour, if you can’t find it you can use the powder from inside a vanilla pod (you can get them in most good supermarkets) x

  6. Caroline says:

    Could you use the packet of ground almonds for this recipe?

    • Indy Power says:

      You can use ground almonds but roasting the almonds makes a huge difference to the flavour, which is why I use whole to start with. If you want to use ground I would roast them very carefully (they burn really easily!) until golden and then use them. You would need 160g of ground x

  7. Katie says:

    Hi Indy, I’m struggling to find vanilla powder anywhere! I’ve tried health food shops and amazon…where do you purchase yours?

  8. Petrea says:

    Hi Indie,
    Fabulous recipe and I’m delighted to see not too much sweetener .While I have a sweet tooth myself I find most recipes even healthy ones add far too much syrup , I would normally half the amount stated in the recipe so I’m looking forward to trying these cacao balls

  9. Rebeca Lee says:

    Hi Indy. How long do they keep for? I LOVE the cashew cookie dough and I’d like to try these next.

  10. Niamh says:

    Hi, with high cholesterol, I can’t use coconut oil. Can I use an alternate oil?