Place dates on a cutting board and remove the pits. Using a sharp knife, finely chop and transfer to a bowl along with chocolate, flax meal, and almond meal. Mix well with your hands and add vanilla extract, orange juice, orange zest, and sea salt. Knead to form a smooth bowl.
Divide the mixture into 14 equal balls, approximately 1 inch in diameter and roll each ball in matcha green tea powder.
Refrigerate for a while before serving.
The idea of rolling these balls in somewhat bitter matcha green tea powder might not sound so perfect. I was a bit sceptical at first as well but I decided to try it out. Why? I just love adding matcha to all my desserts recipes, so why not? And the result was absolutely perfect!
The combination of dates and chocolate simply needs something to neutralize all that sweetness and give these balls a perfect balance of flavors. And what can possibly do a better job than super-healthy matcha green tea powder combined with orange zest and freshly squeezed orange juice? Add some vanilla extract for additional taste and combine everything with a nutty touch of almond meal. Enjoy!
Nutrition information per serving: Kcal: 256, Protein: 8.6g, Total Carbs: 24.3g, Dietary Fibers: 10.4g, Total Fat: 16.9g
Depending on the type of dates you're using, you might want to soak them for 20-30 minutes before use. This especially goes for extremely dry and hard dates. For the best results, make sure to choose soft to semisoft types like Medjool dates, Barhi, or Zahidi dates.
To avoid the trouble of getting your hands dirty and make things even more simple, you can simply combine the ingredients in a food processor and process until smooth mixture. I personally love to combine the ingredients in a bowl and make these gorgeous balls.
This way you'll get a better, homemade texture with finely chopped ingredients that you will feel in your mouth – which is absolutely perfect! Instead of the dark chocolate, you can use semi-sweet chocolate chips, finely chopped cashews, or almonds.