Thursday, November 29, 2012

Coffee Fudge Balls

These have a strong coffee flavor.  For a milder coffee flavor:  reduce or eliminate the coffee extract and/or reduce the amount of instant coffee.

I took some of these into my co-workers...they are now the new favorite ball....their previous favorite were the chocolate dried apple balls.

1 cup walnuts, chopped
1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut  (I use Bob's Red Mill)
1 cup Quaker Quick Oats
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup Hershey's Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
3 tsp Coffee Extract - Nielsen Massey (optional)
2 cups dates blended with 1/4 cup instant coffee and 1/2 - 3/4 cup water or coffee (depending on how dry the dates are)

Blend dates, instant coffee and water until smooth.

Mix everything together in a bowl until well combined.  Shape into balls.  Store in freezer.  I store these in the freezer to keep them firmer, but I actually prefer the taste of them at room temperature.  So I usually take a couple out of the freezer and leave them sitting out until they are room temperature.

I've started using the  Farberware Cookie Scoop for forming the snack balls, instead of using my hands.  It is easier and not as messy.

My favorite food processor is the KitchenAid  7-Cup Food Processor

For blenders, I use both the  Vitamix Blender and Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender

Estimated Nutritional Value per ball based on 40 balls:  Calories 70, Total Fat 3.5g, Cholesterol 0mg,  Sodium 1mg, Carbs 9.2g, Fiber 1.6g, Sugars 5.8g, Protein 1.5g

Give thanks to the Lord because he is good.  His love continues forever.
Psalms 136:1 (NCV)

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