RECIPE: Raw Balls

Raw balls came to my attention when our friend Brenda (who has a great website, Los Gatos Foodie) posted a link to the recipe on her Facebook account, and my husband, like the 13-year-old boy that he is, thought the name was hysterical. 20130204-125102.jpgAnd considering my all-time favorite Saturday Night Live skit is the one with Alec Baldwin and his Schweddy balls…this seemed like the perfect snack for me and my feller. It’s been established on this blog that I have a sweet tooth, but I know how important it is to limit refined sugar because I’m sure too much contributes to the migraines. The trick is, to find healthier options to satisfy that urge, ’cause frankly, full depravation doesn’t really work, at least for me in the sweet realm.

20130204-125150.jpg These raw balls fit the bill perfectly (despite the fact that my husband giggles every time he hears the name). They’re super easy to make in just a few minutes, and taste kind of like a super rich cookie dough, or decadent candy. They are absolutely delicious and completely satisfy my sweet tooth without using any refined sugar at all. 20130204-125131.jpg
I slightly modified the version from Brenda’s recipe (she found it in Alicia Silverstone’s Kind Foods), by using Agave Nectar instead of maple syrup quite simply because I was out of maple syrup. And I used cocoa powder instead of carob powder, and added just 1/4 cup because, well, that’s all I had. 20130204-125118.jpg

All you do, is drop everything in a food processor, pulse, and roll into balls. Done! How easy is that??

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They made an outstanding afternoon treat in my lunch box! 20130204-125112.jpg

And speaking of round things… my Christmas present finally arrived!!! (They were back ordered.) How fantastically wonderful is this Ruby Castel helmet? Can’t wait to wear it.

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And now what you came for…

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THE RECIPE:

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INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • scant 1/2 cup raw carob powder     (I used instead a 1/4 cup of cocoa powder, and actually would have been happy with less)
  • scant 1/2 cup maple syrup     (I used a 1/4 cup of agave, and again, would have been happy with less)
  • 1/2 almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

INSTRUCTIONS:

Place the walnuts in a food processor and process until coarsely ground. Add the dates, and pulse until well combined with the nuts. Add the carob powder, syrup, almond butter, vanilla extract, and salt. Process until the mixture is thick and smooth. Add the almonds, and pulse a few times until combined; you want them to remain crunchy chunks. Form the mixture into golf-ball-size balls with your hands. Roll the balls in coconut. Place in a sealed container in the freezer until hardened. (I freeze mine uncovered on a cookie sheet, then wrap them as described in the introduction.)

(Ref. “Raw Balls” recipe, The Kind Diet cookbook, p. 205.)

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Until next time when I bore with you details about the nasty additives I’m always talking about…

Later gators

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