Pretty obvious that I’m obsessed with hemp seeds, more so than nuts. To me, they’re a super food with high quality protein, all the essential amino acids, and a great source of omegas. But I haven’t really tried any dessert recipes with them. If chickpeas and black beans can make desserts, hemp seeds can make an awesome dessert. When I initially created this recipe, I was going for a chocolate protein energy snack. But it came out like a sweet, chocolate fudge. Score!
Hemp Seed Fudge Balls
- 2 cups shelled hemp seeds
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1/4 cup cacao powder
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. agave nectar
Place all in ingredients except dates into a food processor and process until well blended. Feed dates into the food processor and process until a dough-like texture is reached. Roll dough into 1 1/2″ balls, place in fridge for about 30 minutes to chill and enjoy! Makes about 20 balls.
Still a lot of visible hemp seeds in the dough, but the flavor of the gooey chocolate goodness is outrageous.
The texture of the balls is like a thick, rich fudge that are soft and doughy at room temperature.
And they taste a lot like fudge, rich, gooey, sweet, and very chocolaty. Unlike past ball recipes I’ve created with almond milk pulp, these are very moist and sweet – decadently sweet. You could leave the agave out to cut the sweetness back, but I adored the rich, sweet chocolate treat. The hemp seed flavor was there, but not strong and their nutty flavor worked well with the cacao powder for a nutty, fudge brownie ball.
These amazing little balls came together fast, in under 15 minutes. I used hemp seeds right out of the freezer, no defrosting needed.
So hemp seeds for dessert? Yes! A perfect super food fix for a chocolate craving.
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