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Christmas Cacao Power Balls

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Indulge your sweet tooth with these deliciously tasty yet sin-free balls of goodness. These have been spiced up with some classic festive flavours but the ingredients can be tweaked and substituted with endless combinations of combinations! So get creative and find your personal favourite!

Just stick to the basic rule of fruit, nuts or seeds and something to stick it all together and you won’t be disappointed!

These delicious balls will keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks but there is no chance they will last that long!

Makes 15 Balls

Takes 15 minutes


120g Medjool Dates
100g Walnuts
Zest of 1 whole Orange
Juice of 1/2 an Orange
Juice of 1/2 a Lemon
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1 x tsp Freshly Grated Ginger
2 x heaped tsp Cacao Powder, plus extra for dusting
2 x tsp runny honey
2 x tsp softened coconut oil
2 x tsp Tahini
2 x tsp Ground Flaxseed, plus extra for dusting


Using a food processor blitz the dates and walnuts to a rough crumb. Add remaining ingredients and whiz until mixed. Form the mix into 15 small balls, dusting in the mixed Cacao and Flaxseed powder. Chill in fridge for an hour to firm up.


Julia Waghorn

About Julia Waghorn

At 6 years old Julia won a school prize and asked for a recipe book and by 10 years old she wanted to be a cook; so Julia’s interest in food goes back a very long way. In a time when British food had an appalling reputation, cooking for a living was only done by people who couldn’t do anything else, Julia went to catering college to study hotel management but as soon as she could, she got back into the kitchen. Julia went to Ullapool on the west coast of Scotland for a holiday job and stayed 9 years working in various hotels, enjoying the great outdoors and cooking with the superb fresh produce available. She went on to spent some time in London where she owned a Deli and wholesale organic bakery. The business evolved into function catering and working as a private chef including 2 years cooking for a vegan. Julia has always been interested in accommodating special diets in a way that allows everyone at the table to eat the same food. Julia then came to Devon in 2002 to run a B&B but got found out and ended up doing cooking for various enterprises and events and joined the team at Yeotown in 2010. She now lives on the coast at Lee with her husband Peter and lunatic Jack Russell, Millie, and apart from the inevitable cooking her interests are gardening, reading, upholstery and putting her crumbling Georgian house back together.

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