|Raw Vegan Chocolate Nutty Balls|
Last week I was seriously craving a chocolate nutty treat, like a Reese's Cup or Pieces, but a healthy version. I used to treat myself to those yeeeeeeears ago, but I don't eat that way anymore.
Anyway, so I went into the kitchen, grabbed a few items that sounded good and whipped up a little batch of these Chocolate Nutty Balls. The texture is like a chewy brownie and the taste is definitely chocolate with nut butter satisfaction. I was very happy with the end result and so was my tummy!
While I did remember to write everything down, I didn't take photos of the process. At that time I didn't know I would be sharing them, let alone how they would even turn out.
|Chewy yummy treat!|
I don't recall exactly how many balls of goodness the recipe made since I didn't know that I would be writing about them, but it did make quite a few - couple dozen perhaps? I also gave some to Mark to take to work to share. I'll be making them again, so I will probably update this recipe post. Oh and I use raw organic ingredients whenever possible, but feel free to adjust to your liking.
Since I don't have any other pictures to ramble on about, I'll go straight to my recipe.
1 1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup pecans
3 1/2 TBS raw cacao
1/3 cup raw hemp seed
1 1/4 cup packed medjool dates (seeds removed)
1/4 cup almond butter (or just use all peanut butter)
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 TBS raw agave
1 tsp organic vanilla
raw hemp seed (or other topping of choice)
In a food processor:
- add the nuts and process until they are small crums, but do not over process
- pulse in the cacao and hemp seed to combine
- and the medjool dates and process until well combined
- add the remaining ingredients and process until combined - you may have to scrape down the sides during this process. If your processor can't handle the mixture, hand mix in the last set of ingredients in a bowl.
Pour some hemp seed or other topping of choice onto a plate or small bowl and set aside.
To make the balls, I use one of those fun cookie ball scoops with the rubber backing. However, you can also use a spoon to make the balls with to the desired size.
After all the balls are made, simply roll them in the hemp seed to coat. I recommend popping one of these warm delicious treats into your mouth, close your eyes, feel the ocean breeze, the sand in your toes, and... oh sorry, I lost myself there ;)
These can be eaten right away, but once chilled they're even better. Store in a container in the fridge or freezer... if they last that long.
Peace and enjoy!