BOOM! I discovered a way to combine two of my favourite desserts, chocolate and cherries, into one ball of deliciousness. I make all kinds of dessert balls and one of my favourite combos is chocolate with dried cherries. I hardly ever make them though because dried cherries are hard to find and very pricey.
I was drifting off to sleep one night and I must have had dessert on my mind (what else is new?) because I jolted up and nudged my husband awake and said, “I know, I’ll make dessert balls with whole cherries inside them!”. He didn’t share my enthusiasm but after making them, I can confirm that this was, in fact, important enough to wake him up for. Grab some cherries while they’re still (sort of) in season and make these!
Chocolate Cherry Bombs
- ~15 whole cherries (depending on size of dessert balls)
- 1.5 cups walnuts (can substitute other nuts or seeds)
- 1/2 cup medjool dates (soak, if hard)
- 1/2 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup cacao powder
- 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- generous sprinkle of sea salt
1. Remove pits from cherries and place in the freezer while you make the ball batter. I used a cherry pitter but if you don’t have one, you can slice the cherries in half and remove the pits that way.
2. Place the nuts in your food processor and process until a fine crumble but some chunks still remain.
3. Add the dates (pits removed) and raisins and process until the dried fruit and nuts combine. If you squeeze some between your fingers, it should start to stick together.
4. Add remaining ingredients (except cherries) and process until a smooth paste forms. It should look like really thick brownie batter. If it’s too dry and the ingredients aren’t combining, slowly add water as you process (~1 tbsp at a time).
5. Take cherries out of freezer and take a small ball of ‘batter’. Flatten out the batter and place the cherry (or 1/2 cherry) on top. Form a ball around the cherry and repeat until batter is gone.
6. Place in a Tupperware and freeze. You can enjoy these straight from the freezer or let them thaw in the fridge for about 20 minutes before eating.
Makes approx. 15 full-sized balls if using whole cherries and 25 smaller ones if using halves.