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Chocolate date and walnut balls

Chocolate date and walnut balls
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Serves: 18 (makes 18 balls)
Time to make: 30 mins
Total cost: $13.32 / $0.74 per serve

2 cups pitted dates
1 orange, zest
1 cup walnuts, finely chopped
100g block dark chocolate*

*NOTE: Ingredients with an asterisk (*) indicate that although this ingredient is usually gluten free, it’s wise to check the label to be sure as product ingredients can vary and formulations can change.

Instructions

Step 1 Chop dates roughly. Place in a bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute. Add orange zest. Use a stick blender or food processor to blend to a finely chopped paste.

Step 2 Set 2 tablespoons walnuts aside. Add the remaining walnuts to dates and knead well to combine.

Step 3 Using cold wet hands, roll in 18 small balls. Set aside.

Step 4 Break or chop chocolate in small pieces. Melt chocolate slowly in a microwave or double-boiler. Use a cocktail fork or skewer to dip each ball in chocolate. Turn to ensure even coverage. Lift from bowl, allow any excess to run off, then transfer to wax or greaseproof paper on top of a plate or board. Sprinkle tops with the remaining walnuts and refrigerate to cool.

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