No-Bake Date/Nut/Coconut/Chocolate Balls

December 22, 2015

By Anna Varriano

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Need a dessert in a hurry? These delicious grain-free, egg-free, and dairy-free treats are delicious and quick to make. After you’ve made them once or twice and get a feel for how the ingredients all come together, feel free to improvise and ‘mix-and-match’ the ingredients to suit your taste and include your favourite nuts, dried fruits, and spices. This recipe makes about 24 pingpong-sized balls that can be made and eaten right away, refrigerated for days, or frozen for weeks or months. Enjoy!

You Will Need:

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  • 1 cup of raw almonds (you could also use pecans, or walnuts … or a mix of all three)
  • 1 cup of raw unsweetened shredded dried coconut. 1/2 cup will go in the ball mixture. Set aside the other 1/2 cup for rolling the formed balls in. I sometimes toast this 1/2 cup by spreading it on a baking sheet then putting it in a 375F oven for about 5 minutes, giving it a shake after a few minutes. Keep your eyes on it make sure it doesn’t go beyond a light golden toastiness – it can go from golden to burnt pretty fast! This toasty-roasty step is completely optional (after all, I did call these no bake…).
  • 1/2 cup EACH of: organic dark chocolate chips, pitted dates, and raisins
  • 3 TBSP of almond butter (or your favourite nut butter)
  • 3 TBSP of coconut oil (not pictured above)
  • 1 to 2 TBSP of raw local honey depending on how sweet you like your treats (I used 1 TBSP)
  • 1 to 2 tsp of cinnamon depending on how ‘cinnamony’ you like your treats (I used 2 tsp)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt depending on how much you like salty-and-sweet (I used 1/2 tsp)

Step 1: Mixing

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Put all of the ingredients in a food processor. Remember to use only 1/2 cup of the coconut in the mixture and set the other 1/2 cup aside for later.

Step 2: Rolling

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Scoop the mixture out in heaping tablespoons and use your hands to form them into dense balls. Once you’ve formed them, roll them in the shredded coconut that you set aside in Step 1.

Step 3: Serving

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You can serve the balls right away, or refrigerate them for an hour or two to give them a more solid consistency. They also freeze well, so you can make them weeks in advance.

Enjoy!

 

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