Licorice candy is something I grew up eating and it’s very traditional Finnish treat. I mean, I don’t think there’s a Finn, who doesn’t LOVE it. I made these raw licorice chocolate balls, one day when I was really missing licorice. These turned out to me chewy, salty, sweet and so delicious. I honestly could not stop eating these. So the whole batch disappeared in a day. But you know what, these are gluten free, vegan and refined sugar free, packed with natural goodness, so it’s all good!
Last time I visited Finland, I brought some raw licorice powder back with me. I haven’t come across licorice powder in Australia, but you can find licorice root powder here. Not really sure, what is the difference (according to package, there is not difference) but I found the licorice root powder purchased in Australia a bit milder in flavor. When making these raw licorice choc balls, especially if you are not used to eating strong licorice, you might want to start with smaller amount of the licorice root powder, taste and add more of it if you fancy!
1 cup dates, pitted
1 tbsp licorice root powder (or more to taste)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup brown rice syrup
- Place all the filling ingredients into a food processor and blend until well combined. The mixture will we sticky. If the dates you are using are very dry, soak them for 10 minutes in warm water before blending.
- Roll the licorice filling mixture into balls and place in the freezer.
- Mix all the chocolate coating ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Dunk all the licorice balls in chocolate, sprinkle on some extra sea salt (optional) and place back in the freezer to set. Best stored in the fridge. Enjoy!