(date-free) cranberry coconut raw balls
we wanted to try and make some really yummy energy balls as healthy snacks for on the go. so we threw a couple of ingredients into our trusty food processor and blended away and the result was pretty good. not perfect, but promising at the least and, as it turns out, accidentally raw! in the beginning they were way too oily so we tweaked the recipe a couple of times to make sure they're perfect. which they are now, so we can finally share with you our very own version of - who would have thought - raw balls.
we both don't like dates (quite the understatement) and the thing about raw desserts is that absolutely everything seems to be sweetened with them. apparently it's even a thing to make date caramel. so one thing was for sure: no dates in our energy balls! instead, we used cranberries and a little agave for sweetening and it worked perfectly. ha! no dates required.
these little bad boys are a perfect pick-me-up in between meals and they are such a breeze to make. we do admit that it saves a lot of time not to turn on the oven...
makes one big batch
- 200gr dried cranberries
- 100gr shredded coconut
- 150gr raw cashew nuts
- 2 tbsp agave syrup
- 2 tbsp golden flax seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 tbsp almond butter
- pop all your ingredients into the blender/food processor and blend, baby, blend!
- do note that the longer you mix, the more oils the ingredients will release - hence the more oily your mixture will become! we like to blend it just enough so that it sticks together to form little balls easily and still has a nice texture to it as some ingredients won't be broken up entirely
- scoop table spoons of the mixture and roll them into walnut-sized balls using both hands
- in the next step you can go all out and toss them in whatever floats your boat: we used cranberry and blueberry powder, shredded coconut, puffed amaranth & flax seeds and matcha powder (though we don't recommend doing that as it tasted incredibly bitter!)