Use a blender to blend the dates, the pecan nuts and half of the maple syrup together. If your blender is not powerful enough, chop the dates and pecans finely and work into a paste using a blender, coffee grinder or similar implement.
Knead in the almond butter, cacao powder, lucuma, ground almonds, sesame seeds and the rest of the maple syrup by hand.
Tip: if you are finding it hard to bring the mixture together, add a little coconut oil, orange juice or extra maple syrup to add moisture.
Roll into balls about 4cm across.
Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
About the Paleo Diet
The Paleo Diet is a way of thinking about food based on what our pre-civilisation ancestors may have eaten. It takes its cues from the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and hence incorporates nuts, seeds and fruit rather than grains or refined foods. The Paleo Diet is thus quite high in protein, fibre and essential nutrients, and low in refined carbohydrates - making it simply a sensible way of eating. It's a contrast from crash-diets such as Atkins or Dukan, which are a bit extreme. Atkins and Dukan diets restrict you from eating fruit and vegetables, which we think is terrible!
There is no strict definition of the Paleo Diet, and indeed we don't advocate too much rigidity - instead preferring that people eat a varied diet. One variant of the Paleo Diet is the Primal Diet, which allows a little rule-bending to allow things like cheese. In general, most of your favourite recipes can be re-worked to be Paleo or Primal, and hence we call this diet the "Delicious Diet"!