Cricket cacao balls / by Jess Miller

Cricket, cacao and date balls.

Cricket, cacao and date balls.


  • 12 Medjool dates

  • 1 cup almond meal

  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, plus 1/4 cup extra for rolling

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 1/3 cup cacao powder, plus 1 tablespoon for dusting half of the balls.

  • 1 tablespoon toasted and rough ground crickets

  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds

This is about as easy as cooking gets. Place dates in a medium bowl and cover with water. Stand for 1 hour. Drain (keep the sweet water for other cooking options) and discard seeds if you’ve bought non-pitted dates.

Process dates, almond meal, shredded coconut, coconut oil, cacao powder and chia seeds until mixture comes together. Transfer to a bowl and stand for 20 minutes for chia seeds to soften.

Place remaining coconut in one dish, and cacao powder in another

Roll level tablespoons of mixture into balls. Roll half in coconut to coat, and other half in cacao…count to five and eat. Sharing is optional.