• 1 ½ cup pitted dates
• 1 cup almond meal
• ½ cup natural protein powder (optional)
• 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
• ½ cup raw almonds
• zest and juice of 1 small orange
• 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
• pinch sea salt
Step 1 - Place dates in a food processor, and blend to a thick paste (adding a little water if necessary).
Step 2 - Add almond meal, protein (if using), salt, vanilla and cacao powder and blend again until combined.
Step 3 - Add in whole almonds, zest and juice of the orange (reserving a tablespoon of zest for rolling).
Step 4 - Process until the mixture is coarsely ground and starts to come together.
Step 5 - Take a tablespoon of mixture in your hands and gently roll with your palms.
Step 6 - Place remaining zest in a shallow plate and quickly roll the balls in it before storing.