Cake pops are a little taste of heaven. If I could, I’d eat them all time, but for the sake of my waistline and health, best to find a comparable alternative. I’ve done that, and now I am sharing it with you. I call them, ‘Fake Pops’, looks can be deceiving, but there is not an ounce of cake in these little bites of delightfulness, and barely an ounce of sugar. The best part about them is they are actually healthy, and kids love them. You have probably heard the term, ‘power balls’, or, ‘vegan truffles’, this is my spin on those recipes, but taking them a step further by turning them into a legitimate dessert.
Here is the Recipe – it makes 24.
3 Cups Dates
3/4 Cup of Walnuts
1/4 Cup Hemp Hearts
1 Cup Cocoa
2 Tbsp Coconut Oil
24 Lollipop Sticks
Here are the Directions:
1. In your food processor, blend the walnuts & hemp hearts until they are as fine as you can get them. Set them aside.
2. Blend the dates until they become a, ‘dough’. If your dates are a little dry, soak them in some hot water for 5 minutes.
3. Add the walnut & hemp hearts into the date dough and blend everything together. Then add the cocoa, blend, then the coconut oil and blend until all ingredients are mixed together well. The, ‘dough’ should feel like a nice moist cookie dough. If it feels dry, add a tiny bit more coconut oil.
4. Roll the dough into 1 inch balls and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
5. Use a little melted chocolate, dip the lollipop stick in the chocolate, then into the ball and set aside.
6. Decorate as your heart desires! I used mini M&Ms – a little sugar is good for the soul. The balls are sticky so you can just press them M&Ms in, or use a bit of melted chocolate to stick them on.
Not only are these Fake Pops delicious, but they are loaded with antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6, vitamin E, fibre and so many more valuable vitamins and minerals. The M&Ms are colourful, and they taste good – see, they have a benefit.
Hope you enjoy!