Oh Hagrid, we love you even though you make such terrible food. Rock cakes are Hagrid’s specialty, but of course no one wants a recipe for tooth-cracking fruitcake-scone hybrid, so these little “cakes” are really date balls and they are somewhat raw, hence the name. At the very least, they aren’t baked and if you want to make them with all raw ingredients it would be easy. If you want a traditional Rock Cake recipe, you can find a great one at the nom! nom! nom! blog.
Also, they are fuzzy, like Hagrid’s sweaters, so maybe they should be called Hagrid’s Sweater Balls. Or is that too weird?
Rawk Cakes Recipe
1/3 cup + 1/4 cup pecans chopped (or almonds or walnuts or sunflower seeds to make them treenut free)
2 cups pitted dates
1/2 cup + 1/3 cup unsweetened finely shredded coconut
1/3 cup chocolate chips
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
Add 1/3 cup of nuts to the food processor and pulse to fine crumbs. Add the dates pulse until dates and nuts form a ball. Add 1/2 cup coconut and salt and pulse to combine, scraping down the sides of the food processor as needed. Remove from the food processor to a bowl. Chop the 1/4 cup of nuts and add them to the date mixture along with the chocolate chips. Use your hands to get the chips and nuts distributed throughout the date mixture.
In a separate bowl combine 1/3 cup shredded coconut with the cocoa powder and mix until the coconut is coated. Scoop out walnut sized balls of date mixture and roll into a rough ball. Roll ball in the cocoa powder until coated and continue with the rest of the date mixture the same way. Makes about 18 rawk cakes. Store in a plastic container in the refrigerator.
*I know there are a billion recipes for date balls on the internet, so you probably don’t need a new one, but here it is anyway.