Raw Coconut Date Nut Balls
Today, let’s do another raw food goodness from coconuts, the raw coconut date nut balls.
- Servings: 12 to 16 balls
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Chill time: 1 to 2 hours
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted and cut into quarters
- ¼ cup water
- ⅓ cup raw almonds
- ⅓ cup raw pecans
- ⅓ cup raw peanuts
- 1 cup raw coconut flakes (the large ribbon type)
- ½ cup fine coconut flakes for coating the finished balls
- 2 tsp. raw honey
- Pinch of Himalayan or sea salt for each ball when finished
Quarter the dates and place in the food processor, add the water and process until you have a paste. Or omit the water and add the nuts and process until all the pieces are small and the mixture is fine, then move on to shaping the balls.
The water makes the balls slightly more cohesive, but also a bit softer and stickier, so you’ll have to play around to see which way you prefer them.
If working with the paste: Add remaining ingredients except for salt. Process until the nuts and coconut are fine and the whole mass is sticky.
Remove and roll small pieces in your palms into 14 to 16 balls. The sticky mix can be trickier to roll, use a dab of coconut oil rubbed into your palms before you start. Roll each ball in the fine coconut flakes as you finish it, while it is still sticky and warm. Top with a pinch of sea salt or Himalayan salt.
Place on parchment paper on a cookie sheet and refrigerate until chilled. Store in air tight container in the fridge for up to one week. Variations: There are endless great variations of these. Substitute raw cashews for some or all of the mixed nuts, or split it up with cashews, dried cranberries or raisins, or other chopped dried fruit of your choice. Keep the coconut ribbons and coating whichever way you mix it up.
Another excellent choice is to use tahini (sesame seed butter) in place of the Medjool dates, in which case they will be less sweet. You can also add chocolate nibs or raw chocolate chips or cocoa powder for a variation.
If you review the raw macaroon recipe variations they also can work with these nut balls. So many delicious ways to play with these.
Originally posted 2020-08-12 20:42:47.