I have to admit, doing the whole baking/dessert thing is a little bit more complicated with the whole dairy free/lactose free. I’m not trying to complain and it’s hardly that there isn’t an abundance of recipes that use no dairy, but it seems that all the ones I want to do involve cream of some sort! Butter is a bit of a pain too…which is a pity, since my native Sweden’s baking seems to involve as much butter as possible.
Here, however, is a wonderful compromise. It’s like a tiny ball of dessert, that needs no baking (only a blender and a few hours in the fridge), but is also like your own little energy snack, and with a few modifications, can be made for raw or paleo diets. They have a slightly chocolate-y flavour form the raw (100%) cacao, but are on the whole full of nutty flavour (hardly surprising given the ingredients!), and are just sweet enough to satisfy any sweet teeth around without being a sugar overload.
And you know, they look so pretty….such lovely colours! Goji berries are my latest favourite, as are pistachios (I mean, how can they not be when you remember this beautiful porridge breakfast?) Their flavour adds a sweet-sour taste to these little snack bites, and the fact that they’re chock full of antioxidants is hardly a negative!
I adapted these particular snack bites from a recipe from here. If you’ve never heard of Dale Pinnock before, I seriously recommend him if you’re A) interested in eating healthily (but stretched for time, he’s thankfully remembered that aspect) B) in knowing a little bit more on the health benefits of food, and what to eat (but he doesn’t say what not to eat, nor does he use calorie or nutrient counts–rather, he tells you what exactly makes the ingredients you’re using in a certain recipe healthy for you). There’s a good mixture of everyday recipes, vegetarian, more fish than meat, and lots of veggies regardless (though a few sweet treats such as these!) — so in short, I really do recommend his books both from a recipe and nutritional understanding point of view.
Here I’ve included a few options, depending on whether you live a paleo diet, or not (they are not Whole30 compliant, sorry!) but are totally vegan as well (choose agave syrup).
Makes around 15 snack bites. 200g of organic pitted dates
50g of organic goji berries
2 tsp of raw 100% cacao
1 tsp of raw honey OR agave syrup
1/2 tsp of chilli powder
250g of mixed nuts; hazeulnuts, macadamia, almonds, and brazil nuts
20g of goji berries, chopped
30g of raw pistachios, chopped
2 tbsp of sunflower seeds, chopped
Add the dates, goji berries, cacao, agave syrup, chilli powder and mixed nuts to a food processor, and blend on high until a slightly grainy paste is made.
Make small 2-3cm in diameter balls out of the date-nut mixture (makes roughly 15 of them) with your hands. Roll them in the chopped goji berries, pistachios and sunflower seeds. Chill in the fridge for about 1-2 hours before eating. Enjoy!