If you’ve been reading this blog over the past couple of months, you’ll probably notice that I’ve been really into recreating things that I’ve tried (or in some cases haven’t even tried). So given how much I enjoy the IKEA Chocolate Oat Balls, it was only a matter of time before I had to recreate this one in my own kitchen!
If you haven’t tried the IKEA Chocolate Oat Balls before, you need to get yourself to your nearest IKEA and buy a pack! It’s essentially a rolled chocolate truffle, but better. Packed with coconut and oats for substance and a strong hit of coffee for that extra kick, what’s not to love?
You can actually find the IKEA Chocolate Oat Balls recipe online but I don’t like working with butter unless I absolutely have to, so I made my own version by tweaking a similar oat ball recipe instead.
I’m not usually an protein/bliss ball kind of person – I find sweet treats much more satisfying (for a similar amount of calories too!). But I’ll make an exception for this one. The combination of cocoa, oats, coconut and coffee mean its packed with all my favourite flavours, I’m honestly in love with these right now!
By using dates as a binding agent rather than butter, this recipe is much lower in saturated fat than the original recipe. It also means it’s about 50% higher in fibre (which also makes it slightly more satisfying) and has some additional micronutrients as well. Yay!
But that’s not the green light to eat like crazy! At the end of the day, it is a sweet treat, and using dates means that it is higher in sugar and similar in calories. So enjoy these, knowing they’re slightly healthier version, but in moderation!
- 1 cup dates
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 3/4 cup desiccated coconut
- 1 tbsp cacao/cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp natural peanut butter
- 2 tsp instant coffee
- Heat dates in a pot of water and bring to the boil. Drain the dates and put the liquid into a container and set aside.
- Blitz the rolled oats in a food processor until fine, like a flour. Add in drained dates, half a cup of the coconut, oats, cacao and peanut butter. Dissolve coffee in roughly 1/4 of the date liquid, add to the mix and process (you may need a little more liquid than this, add it slowly until the mix holds its shape. If you accidentally add too much liquid add a little more of the other dry ingredients to balance)
- Roll mixture into 15 balls, then roll balls into the remaining coconut to coat. Store in the fridge or freezer.
- To make this more similar to the original Ikea Chocolate Oat Ball, you can dip the balls in chocolate prior to rolling in coconut.