Healthy Pops – The No-Cake Alternative

December 15, 2013

Hello beauties! Christmas is fast approaching bringing with it parties, gatherings and irresistible food. If you don’t want to compromise taste and health but still want a sweet treat (or to impress your guests), this recipe is definitely for you: No-cake Healthy Pops!

They not only take minutes to whip together and I mean ‘no baking’ needed; they look adorable and they have the fudgiest sweetest consistency that it’s hard to believe they’re actually good for you. Before I get onto the details, I have to give credit to my sister for discovering this recipe but more so credit to Instagram: @sassyballerina for the recipe itself. Lets start!

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For the mixture you will need:

1 cup of dates (de-seeded); 1 cup of almonds; 1/2 cup of walnuts; 1/4 cup of cacao powder, 1-2tbsp of water and a food processor

For the coating you will need:

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A bowl of shredded coconut, a bowl of goji berries, a bowl of ground pistachio

I used these three ingredients as coating so that they would have festive Christmas colors. You can use different nuts and dried berries or fruits; or even sprinkles depending on the occasion you make them for.

Start by grinding the almonds and walnuts in the food processor, add the cacao powder, de-seeded dates and the water. Continue to blend until you get a sticky fudgy mixture as the picture below.

Take just over a tablespoon of mixture into your hand and roll into medium size balls. The size in the pictures will give you around 22-24 pops but you can adjust the sizes to your preference.

Coat the pops with coconut, goji berries and pistachio – or any other coating you like. You can also either plate them up as they are, or use cake pop sticks like I did to decorate. I had a cake pop base but any foam or cardboard base will also work as a stand.

The only other thing left to do is to devour them! :) Enjoy!! xx

Let me know if you try this recipe xx

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