Cranberry and cacao balls


Cranberry and cacao balls

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Looking for healthy snack ideas? There’s nothing like the classic flavour combination of chocolate and cranberry. But who needs all that refined sugar and fat? Try these balls for all the flavour but no nasties.

Ingredients (makes 26–28 balls)

  • 200g dates
  • 150g desiccated coconut
  • 20g raw cacao powder
  • 150g dried unsweetened cranberries, roughly chopped or processed
  • 20g coconut flour
  • 50g coconut oil, melted
  • 50g desiccated coconut, extra, for rolling


Place dates in a large bowl and add water until dates are fully submerged. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and microwave on high for five minutes.

Drain dates in a sieve and then transfer them back to the bowl. Using a handheld stab mixer, blender or food processor, purée the dates until smooth. Allow to cool a little.

Put 150g desiccated coconut, cacao powder, cranberries and coconut flour into the bowl. Add the coconut oil. Stir to combine. The mixture will be quite firm.

Roll dessert spoonfuls of the mixture into balls. Roll balls in the 50g desiccated coconut. Refrigerate for 30 minutes or until firm.

Recipe and images by Kate Crocker 

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