Raw Minty Cacao Balls

Andrew Davis

by | Updated: December 4th, 2016

In a minty mood? With the holidays on the horizon, all things tingly are about to be in season: peppermint cocoa, candy canes, you name it. There’s a secret to capturing that icy-cool flavor, and it’s smarter than crushing up red-and-white striped sugar sticks and less of a hassle than hunting down fresh leaves. Make magic with a little mint extract. A pure, potent oil that’s distilled from fresh peppermint leaves, a couple of drops will rock your recipe with mega mint flavor. See for yourself with these practically instant chocolaty mint balls.

Recipe: Raw Minty Cacao Balls


1-1/2 cups pitted dates
3/4 cup raw almonds
1/2 cup cacao powder
1 tsp. mint extract


  1. In a food processor, blend ingredients until well-combined.
  2. Shape the mixture into balls and refrigerate to harden.