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Eat these in moderation!  Although they are gluten-free/dairy-free, they still contain sugar and should not be part of your regular Paleo/Primal diet.

I miss chocolate.  Sometimes I fall off the wagon and inhale a large quantity of chocolate – this is not recommended.  What I do recommend is trying Raw Cocoa and that’s what this recipe uses.  They look like Timbits, but they definitely don’t contain any of the same ingredients.  Raw Cocoa has a bitter taste, so I recommend you try a bit before committing to an entire batch.

Ingredients (makes about 25 balls)
– 1 Cup pecans
– 1 Cup of dried apples and apricots (1/2 and 1/2).  Make sure it’s the kind where the only ingredient is apple or apricot.  Sunridge Farms makes a variety of dried organic fruits with nothing added – I know Whole Foods has these.  You want to soak them in water for about an hour to moisten them up – otherwise they won’t break down.
–  2 tsp raw cocoa powder
– 1 tbsp maple syrup
– 1/4 c unsweetened shredded coconut

Directions

  1. Soak the dried fruit for an hour – as per above.
  2. In a food processor, grind up the pecans to a fairly fine texture. Stop before you make Pecan butter.
  3. Add the dried fruit, maple syrup and cocoa powder – process until it forms a doughy ball.  You might need to go in and cut up some of the dried fruit if it’s not breaking down.
  4. Take small portions of the dough and roll into little balls – then roll them through the dried coconut.
  5. Enjoy!