Healthy Chocolate Powerballs

healthy chocolate powerballs

Since I have started on a gluten free diet, all of my usual treats are out-of-bounds (except my favourite almond dark chocolate). To stop myself from feeling too deprived I decided to make a chocolatey snack to nibble on when I got cravings for something sweet.

I found this recipe on one of my favourite blogs, the 100 days of real food, and it’s not only gluten free, it’s relatively healthy, as the main ingredients are nuts and dates. The original recipe uses pecans, but I didn’t have any on-hand so used half almonds and half cashews. They turned out yummy but not too sweet, and have made the perfect snack when I’m craving chocolate (and are better for me than chowing down on real chocolate all the time!)

Healthy chocolate powerballs (adapted from this recipe)

Ingredients (makes about 10 balls)

1 tbsp coconut oil

1 tbsp honey

1/2 cup cashews

1/2 cup almonds

1 cup dried dates, pitted

1 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder

2 tsp water

Desiccated coconut or extra cocoa powder, for dusting

nut mixture powerballs


Heat coconut oil and honey in a small pan. Add the nuts and cook until they begin to turn brown.

gluten free chocolate powerball mixture

Place the nut mixture into your food processor with the dates and cocoa powder and process until the mixture is smooth (around one minute). If the mixture is too thick add 1-2 tsp of water to thin it out. Taste the mixture, if you want more sweetness you can add more honey and process until combined.

Roll the mixture into balls and dust with extra cocoa powder or coconut. Keep them in the fridge and enjoy whenever you need a bit of chocolate 🙂

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  1. says:

    I’ll have to share with my wife. She’s been looking for healthy deserts since we’ve gone gluten free. Look great.

    Dan Garner

  2. Those do look good! And no dairy 🙂 Chocolate that I can eat always makes me happy!

  3. These look good. I tend to not like honey, but it’s such a small ingredient in this recipe, I might give it a try.


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