These are by far my favorite raw food snack for two reasons, they are absolutely delicious AND super quick and easy to make. Of course the added benefit of live enzymes, healthy fats, antioxidant power and energy boosting nutrients make them even more appealing.
These are always the big hit at potluck parties, especially with those of us who want a little something for dessert without the usual white sugar/white flour overload. You can create a new variety every time you make these by using whatever nut/dried fruit combinations you happen to have on hand. I love that.
What you’ll need
**The measurements listed here are more of a guideline than exact measurements…and will depend somewhat on which nut/fruit varieties that you choose.
1 cup -Raw, unsalted, un-roasted Nuts – I like a mixture (almonds and hazelnuts seem to work really well, if you use macadamia or cashew make sure to also use a less oily nut as well or the balls will be dripping with oil at the end)
1/2-3/4 cup -Unsweetened, unsulphured Dried Fruit -Again I like a mixture (Dates, prunes, apricots, raisins all work really well but use what you have)
1/4 cup -Raw cacao powder (of course you can use regular cacao powder too but then the balls are not really going to be raw…but if you don’t care then it doesn’t matter.)
Optional Extras – try coconut flakes, chia seeds, cacao nibs, goji berries or even added sweetener like agave or maple syrup.
Food Processor (or Super powered blender like a Vita-mix)
How to do it
Step 1- Add the nuts to the food processor and blend well. You will have a mixture that looks like tiny crumbs. Once the nuts are well blended, remove them from the food processor and place in a bowl.
Step 2 – Add the dried fruit mixture to the food processor and blend until you have a thick paste.
Step 3 – Add the nut mixture back into the food processor with the dried fruit paste and re-blend together. This mixture might stick a bit so you may have to scrap the sides a few times during blending.
Step 4 – Once the mixture is well blended together, add the cacao powder slowly while the food processor continues to blend. If you are adding any optional extra goodies,you can choose to add these just prior to adding the cacao powder, after the nuts and fruits are well mixed OR wait until the very end (see Step 5). After adding the cacao powder the mixture will start to turn into a big ball (like dough) in the food processor. Once the cacao looks like it is well incorporated, the mixture is finished.
Step 5 – Remove the mixture from the food processor by the spoonful. Take each spoonful and roll into a little ball. If you haven’t already added your “extras” you can roll your little ball in them at this stage. This works really well with shredded coconut, cacao powder or chia seeds. Put the prepared balls onto a plate or tray and refrigerate for a few hours for the best texture.
Step 6 – Remove from refrigerator, eat and enjoy!