Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Raw Energy Balls

April is a huge fan of Larabars. So much so that we were spending quite a bit of money each month buying just the bars for her. I had tried making my own before but ended up with a sticky mess. Then we went camping with some friends and she brought along what she called "Laraballs". They were so good, I felt the need to race home and make a large batch of my own. She was kind enough to share her recipe which I have tweaked to make right for us.

I love seeing April eating foods that are healthy and nourishing. She calls these "cookies" and honestly I would rather see her eating a dozen of these than a dozen chocolate chip cookies. There is a lot of room to customize this recipe so make it what your family with enjoy.

Raw Energy Balls
You will need:
1/2 cup dried fruit (I used dates, dried cherries and goji berries)
1/2 cup raw nuts (I used almonds, cashews and walnuts)
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4-1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

In a food processor pulse dried fruits and vanilla extract until it forms a ball. Spoon the ball out into a bowl for now. Add the nuts to the food processor and pulse until fine. Add the ball of dried fruit back into the food processor. I like to pulse the two together a couple times then add the cocoa powder. Pulse until well incorporated. Take about a tablespoon of the mixture and squeeze and roll it into a ball. Roll the formed ball in a dish containing the shredded coconut. Repeat until all mixture has been formed. Balls with keep at room temperature in a sealed container for several days.

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