For the chocolate:
1/2 cup agave nectar/maple syrup/date paste/raw honey or whatever sweetener you like
3/4 cup cacao powder (I use slightly more than this to make the chocolate stiffer)
1/3 cup coconut oil or cacao butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
For the date balls:
1 cup dates
1/2 cup hemp seeds
1/3 cup whole flax seeds
3 TBSP cacao powder
1 cup shredded coconut (optional)
First make the chocolate by mixing all of the ingredients together in a medium sized bowl until smooth and creamy looking. Put the chocolate into an airtight container and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes or until it has hardened.
<>Next, pulse the hemp and flax seeds with the cacao in your food processor until they become a rough flour, then add the dates and process until it all gets sticky. Store in fridge until chocolate is hardened.
Once the chocolate has hardened remove it and the date mixture from the fridge and set up a clean work space on your counter. Fill a bowl about half full with water to dip your hands in as you are working with the date mixture. The moisture helps keep the mixture from sticking to your fingers.
To make the balls take about a tablespoon of date mixture and roll it into a compact ball between your palms. Then flatten it on your chopping board so it makes a well-formed and flat circle about the thickness of a quarter. Take a dollop of chocolate, I experiment to see how much I can fit in my balls, and place the chocolate in the middle of the date mixture. Now bring the sides of the date ball up so they meet in the middle and completely enclose the chocolate. Roll the ball in your palms again until it is uniform in size and shape. Continue this process until you have used up all of the date mixture. You will have chocolate left over and you can either eat it all at once or save it for another occasion ;)
The Date Balls of Goodness are now ready to be enjoyed. Optionally, you can roll them in the shredded coconut to add another layer of deliciousness.