I almost called these “Coco-Walnut Creamy Ball Snacks.” Ballsnacks. Honestly?
I swear my mind is not really that dirty.
Anyway, the idea for these snack balls came to me on a total whim. I was about to leave the house to go grocery shopping and I wanted to bring something with me to eat. I looked in my cupboard and saw a box of Larabars I hadn’t touched in a while.
Checked the ingredients: “Dates, unsweetened coconut, almonds, cashews, extra virgin coconut oil.”
Well hey, nothin’ wrong with those, I thought. I’m on the tail end of the last stage of GAPS Intro, so everything in there is pretty much fair game for me.
So I opened one up, only to find it covered in mold! Sick! Into the trash went my box of bars, each one a dollar and thirty-five cents, down the drain. Whine.
But then I said, now wait a second. I have all those ingredients! Well, mostly. I only had soaked and dried crispy walnuts — no almonds or cashews on hand.
Who cares? Nuts are nuts. They’re all good.
I started throwing things into my little pink food processor.
In went about a cup of the nuts. Then some dried coconut. And coconut oil. And dates. And then I said, you know what? I’m doing honey, too. (I remembered the original Larabars I ate before they went moldy just weren’t sweet enough for me. Plus, the more carbs, the better.)
I blended the snot out of it and it. was. AWESOME.
I shared the awesomeness on Facebook and requests started coming in for this very post I’m writing with the recipe, so, here it is. Ball it up, people.
How to Make Ball Snacks — I mean — Snack Balls.
- 1 cup soaked and dried raw walnuts
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- 6 or 7 dried organic dates
- 2/3 cup coconut flakes
- 1 big spoonful of raw honey
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First, grind up about a cup of walnuts in your food processor. It’ll actually start to kind of turn into walnut butter. But, it doesn’t have to go all the way to butter status if you don’t want. Just get them good and chopped up.
Then, add in the rest. Blend it up as much as you want.
And now, form them into balls. (Or if you want to be not nearly as fun, you could pat them down into a pan and cut into bar shapes, like the Larabars. Lame.)
Put your balls in the fridge. They will harden a little because of the coconut oil, which becomes solid at anything less than a hot day in Hawaii, so basically never in my house.
Now, if you really want to get fancy, you could go ahead and roll your balls around in some cocoa/cacao powder. I would totally do this if I had it on hand. I don’t yet, but it’s on order. I found some good deals on the stuff from Vitacost. (If you haven’t experienced how amazing Vitacost is yet, with their super cheap prices and their free shipping and their ginormous selection on just about everything us crunchy people love, you can click here and get yourself a $10 coupon. I’ll get one too, and that way I can get more ingredients to make more balls to share with you. Win-win.)
Do you love balls?
I feel like this is one of those times where I think I’ve invented something, when really about a hundred thousand other people have already made the same thing. (It happens a lot.)
Anyone got any other good ball recipes to share? Or Larabar knock-off’s? I know they’re out there. I’m gonna keep making more recipes based off these things though, and pretending I was the first one to do it.
(Thanks for indulging me.)
Balls FTW. Enjoy!