Every 3-4 months we invite some friends over for a gourmet club. This is no ordinary gourmet club, though. When you think of gourmet club, usually very decadent dishes come to mind, but this dinner club is focused on healthy food. So, most people would think aaah, no thanks! But, the food is DELICIOUS! And, that is really the whole point: to show (especially the hubbies) how eating healthy can be scrumptious.
Oh, I forgot to mention that its a VEGAN gourmet club, even though no one in the group is actually a practicing vegan. I will tell you about the conception of our group another time (and hopefully it will inspire you to start your own!!), because I really want to share this surprisingly delicious recipe for Buckeyes. Not only are the vegan (gotta use vegan dark chocolate to be official–but that is readily available these days), they are A LOT healthier than the traditional version which uses about a pound of confectioners sugar.
The sweetness in this recipe comes from medjool dates, which are high in fiber and lots of vitamins and minerals. They are so easy and take so little time, I’m just gonna share so you can get to it!
Oh, and I forgot, it being the weekend before Passover, this is a great dessert!!! As long as you eat peanut butter or you can also use almond butter.
This is not my recipe. Someone in the group made them (Diana Klein)–Thank you Diana!
Rolos/Buckeyes (I think I’ll call them Buckos :-))
7 oz or 1 cup of pitted soft Medjool dates. If they are not really soft, soak them in water for 30 minutes then drain
2 TBL peanut butter
pinch of sea salt
mix the above in a food processor and pulse until a sticky paste forms.
scoop into a bowl and freeze uncovered for 10 minutes
line a plate with parchment paper and roll into balls and place on the parchment paper. it helps if your hands are wet.
freeze for 10 minutes to firm up.
1/2 to 1 cup of dark chocolate chips.
1/2 tsp coconut oil
melt chocolate in either the microwave or in a saucepan.
stick a toothpick in the date mixture and dip each ball in the chocolate to coat.
place back on the parchment paper.
freeze when done. Keep frozen until you are ready to eat.. Enjoy
YUMMNESS!!!! Happy Holiday!!