Sweets | Raw Balls
Posted on January 29, 2013
Once you get over the name, you will love these. These little balls are Alicia Silverstone's "Raw Balls" from her vegan cookbook The Kind Diet. The idea is that final product is raw, so if you want to keep it raw, look for untoasted/raw ingredients. I couldn't find raw carob powder so I used raw cacao powder instead and they turned out great. Alicia says to make "golf-ball-size" balls using your hands, but I went with a smaller ball, about an inch across and used an ice cream scoop to get a uniform size. You will need to keep these in the freezer as they get too soft at room temperature. I wrapped mine individually in Saran Wrap and then put them all in a Ziploc bag. Who knew I would become such a raw ball aficionado!
Yield: 10 to 12 balls (more if you make them smaller)
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pitted dates
scant 1/2 cup raw carob powder
scant 1/2 cup maple syrup
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/2 cup whole almonds
2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut
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.)