Friday, August 22, 2014

Dark Chocolate Date Bon-Bons

It wasn’t until I bought my first food processor that I really started to feel like a legitimate home cook. It sounds so silly to say now, but I remember walking into Macy’s, picking out my favorite model, and feeling so proud when I brought it home. I felt beyond accomplished when I made my first batch of homemade hummus. And then pesto. Just like all the chefs on The Food Network had shown me.

It’s funny how the little things can make such a difference. It wasn’t until after I purchased my food processor that I really started to flex my cooking muscle. Of course, it took me approximately 45 minutes to figure out how to lock it in and start it correctly, but that’s besides the point. It gave me the extra bit of confidence I needed.

This recipe below is one I’ve learned to love, thanks to my food processor (but don’t worry, you can make it in your blender, too!). And it’s even more fun to eat than make, which is certainly an added plus. These little bon-bons have gotten me through many afternoon-lulls, when I needed that little something special to power me through till 5:00. Pack them in your lunch for a simple, nutrient-dense take-to-work or take-to-school treat. I hope you enjoy them!

Dark Chocolate Date Bon-Bons

¾ cups pitted dates, chopped (approximately 6)
½ cup pecans, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
¼ cup flaked coconut
¼ cup dark chocolate chips

1.      In your food processor or blender, add all ingredients and pulse until you have an even texture.
2.      Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls.
3.      Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.

Enjoy, preferably with those you love. 


  1. These look like the perfect mid-afternoon pick me up. Always find myself craving something sweet but satisfying around 3pm in the office. Also, haven't used dates much in the kitchen so this is a great excuse to try them out!

  2. Chocolate and dates go so great together!