I haven’t invented anything here… These things are all over the Internet.
Having seen them so often and in so many different colors and flavors, I decided I had to give them a try. I mean, they are soooo cute and they look so good!
So I just took a shot at it. I didn’t follow any particular recipe, I just went ahead and sort of created my own version.
Now I’ve only got one thing to say about these.
OMG! They are just as good as they look.
Now I’ve got a new addiction, as if I needed one. This has just opened an entire new world of possibilities for me… now I want to take this beyond the ball shaped bite, I want to create all sorts of goodies, and I already have a few things in mind.
Most recipes that I’ve come across were, from what I read, more on the soft side and had to be kept in the freezer in order to hold their shape.
I didn’t care much for that aspect of the bites. I wanted my balls to be their own man (hmmm, that doesn’t sound good, now, does it?) and hold their shape without any help. I thus created a dryer version, one that has to be squeezed really, really hard to form a ball, but once made into that ball, it just stays nice and put. No need to keep them in the fridge, or in the freezer.
I’ve had mine in the cupboard for a week now and they (well, it, as there’s only one left…)
are is still as good and as round as it was on the first day.
I get the feeling that it won’t make it through the day…
Poor fellow, gotta have pity on him… he must be so lonely, all alone in that large plastic container.
Right… all alone, up there, in that… plastic… container…
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I, erm… have to go check on him!
(makes 30 balls)
- 150g raw almonds
- 150g pitted dates
- 50g flaxseed meal
- 50g pumpkin seeds
- 40g dried cranberries
- 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
- 3-4 tbsp hazelnut butter
- 2 tbsp vanilla flavored whey protein powder
- Start by processing the almonds, on pulse, until they become very finely crushed.
- Add the dates and process until well blended with the almonds, about 1 minute.
- Add the protein powder and flaxseed meal and process until well incorporated
- Add hazelnut butter and process again, until well incorporated. At this point, the mixture should want to hold together when you squeeze it in the palm of your hand. If it doesn’t seem to want to stick, add more hazelnut butter, or coconut oil, one teaspoon at a time, until it does. Don’t add too much though. The mixture should have a little bit of a dry feel to it and should have to be squeezed somewhat hard to form a ball.
- Add pumpkin seeds, cranberries and shredded coconut and pulse a few times just to break them down a little and incorporate them to the “batter”
- Take the mixture, one tablespoon at a time and form into a ball by squeezing it in the palm of your hand. Place ball down on a plate or plastic container, not in your mouth!
- Repeat until you’ve used all the batter.
- Will keep for at least a week in an airtight container (that’s if you can keep them that long!)