I based these off Trish's No Bake Cherry Date Balls but made a few slight changes.
Raw Chocolate Fruit & Nut Balls
1cup mixed un-salted nuts (peanuts, walnuts, almonds)
2/3cup pitted medjool dates
1/3cup dried cherries
1tsp unsweetened cocoa
1/2tsp vanilla extract
1 pinch sea salt
Unsweetened coconut flakes (optional)
1. Place nuts and sea salt in a food processor and chop to small pieces.
2. Add cherries and dates; blend till well mixed.
3. Add cocoa, vanilla extract and water; blend until well mixed and sticky.
4. Use tbs to scoop mixture and form into balls.
5. Roll balls in coconut flakes to cover (if desired)
6. Place on cookie sheet or other flat surface, lined with wax or parchment paper and place in the freezer for an hour.
makes 14.5 balls
A few little notes: I used a 1/4cup of roasted peanuts, then a little more than 1/3cup each of almonds and walnuts. I love the taste of peanuts, but I wanted more of the health benefits from the almonds and walnuts. It's easy to pit dates just by pulling apart in half. I then cut each half in half to make smaller pieces so it would be easier to blend. I also found it to be a good idea to stir the mixture with a small spatula a few times to make sure everything was mixing and chopping well. I only used the coconut flakes on a few of the balls.
|This is how our dried cherries arrive!|
|All the ingredients. Thankfully, our small food processor was big enough!|
|The nut mixture|
|Ready to go!|
|The finished product!|
I like the fact that these were really easy to make, there are no added sugars and it's all healthy ingredients. The only thing I'm a little concerned about is the fact that these have to be frozen and stored in the freezer. I wish they were more portable because they are very tasty.
- What is your favorite type of nut?
- Do you ever use a food processor?
Today's workout -
lots of stretching