Vegan Dessert with Walnuts, Pecans, Cocoa & Maple Syrup

WHY AM I WRITING about vegan dessert?

I’m a foodie, a big foodie!  Also, I’m an addict.  I’m not into moderation.  Like all addicts would agree, I’m on one of the two extremes.  When I’m into something, I’m in it, like 100%.  There’s no if’s and but’s in my association with any habit, food habits in particular, especially with Vegan Dessert.  In stating this, I’m obviously including smoking, drinking for those are the things you consume with your mouth, which is where all your eating goes too, right?

So, where were we? (I digress, like a lot, flying off tangentially in a completely unrelated topic and subject as you can tell. I’m never checking myself for ADD but I’m guessing that’s what it is, or at least remnants of some form from my childhood)

Anyways back to my vegan dessert…

So we were talking about addiction.  And I’m a big one, we already covered that.  I’m also a sugar addict – I never knew this about me until about 4-5 years ago.  I never cared for any dessert but did enjoy my occasional ice cream or the ridonkulously insane Indian delights, if any of you may have even attempted to try those?  It’s like they funnel straight into your arteries from your digestive tract, they’re that greasy… See, I digressed a little back there, didn’t I?

Let’s get back to the vegan dessert that I’m writing about.. So, I’m a big sugar addict and I’m trying to give it up. I’ve tried several times in the past year, sometimes for many months at a stretch. For example, at the start of last year, I ended up not eating any sugar or anything even remotely sweet up until about May or June, I don’t specifically recall, but nevertheless, it was a great period in my personal self development 😉

It didn’t last long, as you can tell from the nature of this very post, but more on that story later. (Article Idea – How a Junkie Sugar Addict Crawls His way Back into His Cravings and a Full Addict Eventually).. But… I digress………..  A few deep breaths!!

Let’s get back to the dessert, okay?

Okay, so back to my craving and addiction –  I try and stay away from refined sugar as far as possible, until I don’t.. And since I’ve been exploring becoming a Vegan, at least to try and become one, I’m looking at some recipes that are healthy (or at least not made with products that are labelled as unhealthy 🙂  Same difference, don’t you think?

This one recipe kept coming back to me on numerous blogs and websites when I started looking for Vegan desserts.  Why was I looking for Vegan desserts, one may ask, considering I know I have a problem – Well, that’s exactly why! [Digression alert!]

I decided I had to try it and while I was grocery shopping and stockpiling yesterday (in preparation for the big storm stella of 2017) at Trader’s Joe, I decided I want to give it a try.  Picked up a box of unsweetened cocoa powder and organic maple syrup to experiment later at home.

Without going much deeper into the details of why I did what I did any further, here’s the recipe in a nutshell

Oh, and this recipe is inspired by the beautiful recipe for 3 Ingredients Raw Cacao Bytes – by Alberto & Iosune at Simple Vegan Blog

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Vegan Dessert with Dates, Walnuts, Cocoa & Maple Syrup
Fast & Easy Vegan Recipe for Dessert Cravings
Vegan Dessert - Dates, Walnuts, Pecans, Cocoa Powder & Maple Syrup
Course Desserts
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Minutes
Servings
Balls
Ingredients
  • 10 Dates Soaked in Warm Water
  • 1 handful Walnuts
  • 1 handful Pecans
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
Course Desserts
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 5 Minutes
Servings
Balls
Ingredients
  • 10 Dates Soaked in Warm Water
  • 1 handful Walnuts
  • 1 handful Pecans
  • 1 tablespoon Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tablespoon Maple Syrup
Vegan Dessert - Dates, Walnuts, Pecans, Cocoa Powder & Maple Syrup
Instructions
  1. Crush Almonds & Pecans in a Blender (like Nutri Ninja)
  2. Add Dates, Cocoa Powder & Maple Syrup and blend to a coarse dough
  3. Take enough mixture to make 1" balls with your hands
  4. Repeat until dough is finished (or the balls are)
  5. Retire into bliss
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