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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Balls of Joy!

Raw balls are quite the popular thing in the vegan/healthy food world. I've seen quite a few variations. They're so tastey. All natural. And have no oils. We first got hooked from the cinnamony ones from Beanland. Then I came up with this concoction in my head - all because of my love of Almond Joys. I took the ingredients down to Houston when we visited my brothers family - and tried it out with my 2nd favorite su chef, my niece Eden.

They came out tastier then they were in my head. And they even passed the toughest critic - my chocolate loving SIL, Jami. We were sneaking them out of the freezer the whole weekend, and I felt bad that I didn't leave them with as many as I thought I would.

Jami and I had fun coming up with a name for them. Frankly, we thought every name just involving the word balls was awesome. Go figure. We could also call these Coco's Balls... because she loves them! 
Makes 30 balls
1 cup almonds
½ cup walnuts
¼ cup sunflower seeds
1 ½ tablespoons coco powder
6 med jool dates {I get them at Sprouts or Costco}
½ cup shredded unsweetened coconut

Put the nuts and seeds in the food processor until crumbled. Add the coco powder and dates til dates are all broken up. Add the coconut. Should look like course meal. Use a cookie scoop to measure out and form into balls. I wet my hands to help compress the balls and not get too sticky. Put in a ziplock or freezer container and place in the freezer. Let them harden, if you can wait that long... and eat them right out of the freezer. YUM! And guilt-free!!

1 comment:

  1. AWESOME! I just order some healthy 'work-out' type bars and was looking at the ingredients on the package and thought " I wonder if I could just make these danged things myself! It looks like you already did!!! SO GREAT JEN! I'll have to try this out!


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