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It’s no secret I’m a fan of balls. Ahem. Dessert balls people!! This is a family friendly site.

So I love balls.  And I love the flavour combination of chocolate, cherry and almond.  Each on their own is good but together is just heavenly.  So chocolate-cherry almond balls seem perfect right?

Maybe a visual is necessary to illustrate my point…

Convinced?  Good.  

Chocolate-Cherry Almond Balls

Ingredients

1 cup almonds
1/4 cup cashews
1 cup Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips or a dark chocolate bars, chopped
1/3 cup dried cherries (the no sugar, no sulfite variety)
1 tsp raw cacao powder
pinch of sea salt

Directions

1. Add almonds and cashews to a food processor and process until crumbly.  Careful not to over-process, this will let too much oil out of the nuts.  Remove, place in a large bowl and set aside.

2. Add dates, chocolate chips, dried cherries, raw cacao powder and sea salt to food processor and process until well combined.  Remove and add to bowl of nuts.

3. Using a wooden spoon or fork combine nuts with date mixture.  You can use your hands too to help combine the ingredients.

4.  Once all the ingredients are combined, roll into small balls and top with a whole almond and chocolate chip.

5. Refrigerate for 30-60 minutes before serving.

Makes about 18-20 small balls.

It’s no secret.  I like love would give up my first born for Larabars.  Their simple ingredients, their delicious flavours, their cute packaging.  I love all of it.

That being said, with only a few ingredients listed on the label I knew that I could make Larabar’s Chocolate Chip Brownie bar myself.

And did I ever.

I don’t have many words for this other then amazing.  Really really amazing.

Chocolate Chip Brownie Bar
Inspired by Larabar

Ingredients

1 cup almonds
1/2 cup walnuts
8 large Medjool dates, pitted
2 tbsp raw cacao powder
1/2 cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Note – Larabar uses salt however I omitted this from my bars, if you choose to add this, use a high quality sea salt

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients into high-powdered blender or food processor and blend until combined
  2. Shape into bars and refrigerate until ready to consume

Makes 6 bars

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