These are a healthy treat that can take the edge off any sweet tooth.
Easy to make and you can make a big batch and keep them in the freezer. They are the best thing for an afternoon pick me up.
They are vegan and depending on the ingredients you use can be considered a RAW if you choose to follow a raw foods diet. And as we know, raw foods are filled with enzymes so they are so good for your belly!
Here is the basic recipe:
- 10 dates (if using baking dates then soak them in some warm water for 10 minutes before using)
- ¼ cup of almonds or pecans
- 2 tbsp flaxseeds
- 2 tbsp sesame seeds
- 2 tbsp sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds
- handful of dried cranberries or raisins
- handful of organic dark chocolate chips ( or raw cacao if making a completely raw option)
As you may have gathered by now, I’m a big fan of “use what you have” so feel free to add or subtract according to taste or availability, but just try to keep the amounts similar by like ingredients.
I’ve also been known to add to these balls:
- a few hazelnuts
- hemp seeds
- coco powder
- pure vanilla
- dried cherries
You get the idea.
So toss all of these goodies into the food processor and whiz them up until they are coarsely chopped.
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and then roll the mixture into palm size balls.
I’ll admit I always use restaurant type or doctor type rubber gloves to do this because I have an aversion to sticky on my hands, but whatever the case don’t handle them too long or the chocolate chips will start to melt.
They might seem a bit crumbly at first but just keep squeezing them and rolling them in your palm and they will start to stick together nicely.
Place them on the tray and then put them in the fridge for 2 – 3 hours or in the freezer for about an hour.
Then put them in an air tight container and store them either in the fridge for short term use, or in the freezer for longer periods.
Like I said I enjoy 2 or 3 of them in the afternoon to get me over the hump.