My daughter has quite a sweet tooth so these are great for a slightly healthier sweet treat plus unlike most 'energy balls' these are also nut free which makes them perfect for nursery/school lunches.
Makes 8-10 truffle sized balls
100g dates, pitted and roughly chopped
4tsp coconut oil
40g desiccated coconut plus 10g for coating
2tsp unsweetened cocoa
Line a baking tray with baking parchment and set aside.
Put the dates and coconut oil into your food processor and blitz for 1-2minutes or until broken down into very small pieces. Add the desiccated coconut, cocoa and chia seeds and blitz for a further 2-3minutes or until you have a rough paste that sticks when you squeeze it together. Remove into a bowl and using a teaspoon portion into 8 truffle sized balls [Note: it can help to have slightly wet hands to mould the balls]
Put the remaining 10g of coconut in a small bowl and roll each ball to get a light coating. Place on the baking sheet and cover with cling film before placing in the freezer for 2 hours to set. Remove and keep in the fridge.