This is an easy, no bake Christmassy dessert recipe with no refined nasties; just lovely flavours of cacao, chestnuts, cashews and clementine.
The roast chestnuts are from a packet so no need to roast or peel; just pop the ingredients in a food processor, blitz and cut the squidgy mixture into festive shapes!
200g pitted medjool dates
30g raw cacao powder
zest of 1 clementine/satsuma
80g roasted chestnuts (ready peeled from a packet, unless you happen to be roasting chestnuts on an open fire in a serene toddler free house)
100g unsalted cashew nuts
A handful of desiccated coconut
Pop all the ingredients listed above in your food processor in the order written if possible, keeping the desiccated coconut to one side for the ‘snow’ garnish.
Blitz together until the nuts are in very small pieces and the mixture has reached a sticky texture that you can roll into balls or flatten and cut into shapes with a pastry cutter.
Remove the mixture and roll with you hands into balls or press into a flat 1 cm thick slab to cut into shapes.
Sprinkle the shapes with coconut snow or a little more cacao powder.
Enjoy with a coffee and eat as many as you can before you kids devour the lot!
Note: Dried fruit is great eaten as part of a dessert at meal times for little ones especially babies to slow down the release of sugars!