Growing up I hated coffee. I very quickly became attached to a soy chai latte because for some reason I wasn’t a huge fan of milk either. Very shortly after that I found Almond Mylk and that was it, I had found my hot drink.
Everyone has their preference of hot drink. I used to be a barista a while back, trust me I know, absolutely everyone prefers their coffee a specific way.
As the years went on of enjoying my chai almond latte, I noticed a few things and became very picky as to what goes in my beloved hot drink now. Because most cafes will cheat with that horrible sugary syrup. If that’s all you got, I’ll go with out thankyou! Some cafes have a really nice powder blend of spices but ask them if you can check the ingredients on the bag…most of the time the first ingredient in raw sugar which is sad. In that case again I have to pass. Luckily I found a place where I live now that makes their own spice blend with no sugar. They make their own cashew mylk and even chuck a sneaky shot of coffee in there for the best Dirty Chai ever. The first time I drank this drink……this recipe came to mind and I raced home to make it.
They have this belly warming taste from the chai spices, combined with the tantalizing sweetness of medjool dates, and the earthy taste of roasted Hazelnuts.
I’m drooling!! let’s get to the recipe!
2 cups of Hazelnuts – Roasted and skinned*
1 cup of Flax meal
2 cups of dates
2 tbs Coconut oil or water if preferred
2 tbs of Chai Spices combined**
Drizzled with raw chocolate (find my perfect recipe for raw chocolate in my recipes)
Blend your hazelnuts in the food processor until they form a nut butter consistency.
Then add the rest of your dry ingredients.
Throw in the dates gradually so they can combine with the dry ingredients, followed by a little bit of water or coconut oil if needed.
Roll into little balls, the size of your choice. Place on a baking tray and drizzle with chocolate and chill in the fridge or freezer. I come from a hot climate so I like cold treats! I chuck them in the freezer for 30 mins (cos that’s as long as I can wait)
*Roast your hazelnuts for about 10 mins on medium heat, checking regularly. Once toasted nicely, bring them out of the oven to cool on a clean tea-towel. Once cool wrap them up in the tea-towel and rub the nuts together and the skins will come over easily.
**Chai Spices – Vanilla, Ginger, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, cardamom, nutmeg, black peppercorns.