No Sugar chocolate orange energy balls

A healthy twist on a chocolate truffle (with no sugar) – sweet-toothed tots who think they’re raiding the chocolate box will be none the wiser! A lovely recipe by Annabel Karmel.

Makes 15–20 balls


160g/5½oz pitted dates, chopped

160g/5½oz cashew nuts

100g/3½oz raisins

2 tbsp cocoa powder

½ tsp orange extract

To Coat

cocoa powder

desiccated coconut

chocolate sprinkles


Put all of the ingredients in a food processor with 4 tablespoons of boiling water and blitz until the mixture is finely chopped and well blended.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and shape it into 15–20 balls.

Roll the balls in cocoa powder, desiccated coconut or chocolate sprinkles, as you wish. Chill on a plate in the fridge for at least 1 hour to firm up before eating.

The balls will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Real Food Kids Will Love by Annabel Karmel is out now (Bluebird, £16.99/ £14.99 eBook)