One of my most popular dessert recipes is my easy chocolate lazy cake. These chocolate biscuit balls are totally inspired by that recipe. And while the lazy cake is SO easy to make, these are even easier. Yes, that's right. You don't need to freeze anything for these and you can enjoy them instantly. They only require 3 ingredients and they're the perfect fix. But I'm warning you... you will get addicted.
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Ingredients you need for these biscuit balls
Staying true to my promise in the title of this recipe, you only need these three ingredients:
- Digestive biscuits OR Marie biscuits. These 2 biscuits have the best flavour, but frankly you can use any other tea biscuit brand, as long as you are able to crush them into fine crumbs, and keeping in mind that the flavour will be slightly different.
- Sweetened condensed milk. Make sure it is sweetened because that's the only sweetness in this recipe!
- Unsweetened cocoa powder. It's important that it is unsweetened because otherwise it'll be way too sweet. I use this one with great results. You can also use cacao powder but it is generally more bitter so I would recommend adding in a bit of sugar in that case or less cacao powder.
How to make chocolate biscuit balls
I feel awkward writing this out because of how easy it is but for the sake of clarity and best results, here goes:
- Start by mixing together the condensed milk with the cocoa powder until the cocoa is dissolved and well combined. This is the point at which you taste the mixture and make sure you're happy with the sweetness/chocolatey-ness. If you like a stronger chocolate flavour, then add a bit more cocoa powder. If you're using cacao powder (which is slightly more bitter) and need more sweetness, then add a bit of sugar
- Crush the digestive biscuits into fine crumbs using a food processor. If you don't have a food processor, feel free to put them in a Ziploc bag and bash the heck out of them until they're fine
- Add the biscuit crumbs to the mixture and mix well until it's all combined. You can also adjust it at this point by adding more if you find it too runny (but use my measurements and it'll be perfect!)
- For easier shaping, you can refrigerate it for 30 minutes or so until it is more firm. Then dip your hands in a bit of water and roll about 1 tablespoon of mixture into balls. Make them as big or small as you like
- Roll the balls in your favourite topping. I usually use more crushed biscuits or coconut.
- Store in the fridge and enjoy anytime!
Options for toppings
You can roll these biscuit balls up in anything you like! Most things will stick to them just fine but if you find some larger options aren't sticking, just dab them with wet hands to get them moist and then roll them in. Here are some fun ideas:
- Biscuit crumbs
- Shredded coconut
- Cocoa powder
- Sprinkles (chocolate, colourful)
- Chopped nuts (hazelnut, pistachio, almond)
- Freeze dried strawberries (there are SO good if you can find them)
How to store them
Make sure you store them in the fridge so they can stay firm. You can enjoy them for 3-4 weeks straight from the fridge. You can even freeze them on a parchment lined plate. Once they freeze solid, you can remove them and put them in a Ziploc bag to save space.
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Chocolate Biscuit Balls (3 ingredients, no bake)
- 300 g digestive biscuits note 1
- 300 mL sweetened condensed milk
- 7 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder note 2
- Shredded coconut for topping optional
- Start by crushing the digestive biscuits into fine crumbs using your food processor. If you don't have a food processor, do this by smashing them in a Ziploc bag until they are fine
- Mix together the condensed milk and the cocoa powder until the powder is dissolved and well combined. Taste and adjust - if you like a stronger chocolate flavour, add more cocoa.
- Remove about ¼ cup of the crushed biscuits and set aside for the topping
- Add in the crushed biscuits and mix well until well combined
- Refrigerate the mixture for 30 minutes so it can firm up and become easier to roll
- Roll about 1 tablespoon of mixture into balls. To avoid it sticking to your hands, dip your hand in a bit of water and spread around your palm, then roll the mixture
- Roll the balls in your chosen topping (crushed biscuits, shredded coconut, or any other topping)
- Store in an air tight container in the fridge and enjoy!
- You can also use Marie biscuits. Digestive and Marie biscuits I find offer the best flavour, but you can use any other tea biscuit brand as well
- If you use unsweetened cacao powder, note that it will be slightly more bitter, therefore you may need to adjust sweetness by adding in a bit of sugar or less cacao
- You can freeze these as well on a lined plate. Once they are frozen solid, place them in a Ziploc bag to save space. Enjoy them frozen or thaw slightly before eating