Chocolate, Coconut, Nut & Seed Balls
These yummy little balls of energy are a great snack, and far healthier than the store bought granola bars. If you are planning on sending these to school with your kids, omit the nuts and increase the seeds including hemp hearts. You will need a food processor or blender to mix all ingredients, a large bowl, a platter and a small pot or double boiler to melt chocolate.
- 1/2 cup brazil nuts, you can also use any other nuts you like or a variety.
- 1 cup dried dates without the pit – I soaked the dates in hot water for 10 minutes so they are softer and blend easier
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 2 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds
- 2 tbsp. raw sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp juice (can use orange, apple, mango, just about anything)
- 1 cup dried unsweetened coconut shreds (I like to grind it up more finely in blender)
- Need one bar 100 gm dark chocolate, you can use milk chocolate. I added chocolate chips as I needed more chocolate. I had some walnuts and threw them in as well.
Put all the nuts and seeds in the food processor or blender first and blend. Add all remaining ingredients and blend. Once all ingredients are ground, transfer to a bowl and mix with your hands.
Take enough in your hand to make a ball. Squeeze it in the palm of your hand and form a ball. Repeat until all the mix is used.
Place the balls on a tray. In the meantime using a double boiler, melt the chocolate slowly. If you don't have a double boiler, use a small pot and melt the chocolate on the low setting on the stove so that it won't burn. Once melted, turn heat off.
Using a small spoon, drop balls in chocolate pot, roll around till well coated lift up with spoon and place ball in bowl of coconut, roll and place on tray.
Put in fridge one hour to hardened uncovered, once hardened can cover then.
Have fun. Sing a song while making them, relaxing and fun. For larger batches, simply double the recipe.
Thank you to my friend and patient Joyce for this recipe!
(For a faster version, I like to mix ALL the ingredients together including the coconut and press into a square pan, refrigerate and cut into squares. They are more like granola bars and fast to make.)