Monday, May 7, 2012

Paleo Crunch Balls (Raw)

I recently received a great comment from Tracy who suggested rolling the raw paleo crunch ingredients into balls and popping them in the fridge to firm them up. I thought it was a great idea, but when I started making the paleo crunch balls, I was inspired to shake it up just a little bit so I could cut out the honey and reduce the amount of coconut oil. I'm currently on a date paste kick--it is my new favorite way to sweeten. I also decided to use the plethora of nuts that I had on hand, but you can certainly substitute the combination of nuts and seeds that works for you. Just make sure the overall quantities are the same. Because this recipe requires no baking, I was able to further cut back on some of the ingredients from the original recipe. Be sure to store these in the fridge to ensure they don't crumble. Alex said the flavor reminds him of cinnamon rolls. If you've ever dipped into the raw paleo crunch ingredients before you popped it the in the oven, you'll love this recipe! And if you've never tried my paleo crunch...what are you waiting for? Now you have two options: baked and granola-like or a raw portioned treat. You really can't go wrong! A true testament to the awesomeness of this recipe is that my children actually like them! If you've been following Paleo Table, you know that's VERY unusual since they are incredibly picky and paleo-averse.

Oh, and I have to mention that I decided NOT to drizzle or dip these in chocolate so I could keep them clean. But if you want a decadent treat, they would taste even more incredible with a little drizzle or dunk of dark chocolate. (For those of you from Ohio, think paleo Buckeye.) Give these a try and let me know what you think!

Ingredients
10 pitted dates
1 Tbsp water
1/2 cup almond butter (or another pure nut butter)
1/2 cup coconut oil, liquified
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp sea salt
2 cups walnuts
1 cup pecans
1 cup sliced, slivered, or whole raw almonds
2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut

Preparation
  1. Place dates and water in a small bowl. Microwave for 40 seconds. 
  2. Transfer mixture into the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth.
  3. Add coconut oil, almond butter, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt. Process until smooth, scraping down the sides, as necessary.
  4. Add nuts and coconut. Pulse several times until a thick, chunky paste forms.
    NOTE: I have a large food processor. If you don't, you can transfer the liquid to a large bowl, chop the nuts in the processor, then mix the wet and dry ingredients together in the bowl.
  5. Use a small cookie scoop or teaspoon to scoop out enough of the mixture to form a 1-inch ball. Use the warmth of your hands to compact the mixture into a tight ball.
    NOTE: If the mixture does not press together for you, return it to the bowl, add a little more coconut oil, and pulse a couple of times to integrate. You don't want these too wet; just moist enough to hold them together until you can refrigerate them.
  6. Form 28 balls and place them on a cutting board or another flat surface. Transfer the balls into the refrigerator. Cool for 1 hour or until very firm.
  7. Transfer balls into an airtight container and store in the the refrigerator.


14 comments:

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    1. Thanks, Christina! Did you try them yet?

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  2. I couldn't wait to try these, so I did. I can tell you that they are delicous, even though mine are not out of the fridge yet. I licked the spoons, the bowl- everything I could except the processor blade! I will say, my large food processor had a very hard time with the mixture and I had to remove half to get it to mix. This resulted in uneven mixing and overchopped nuts. Next time I will definitely chop my nuts first, remove them and then mix the wet ingredients and then add the chopped nuts and see if that doesn't help. Then we should only have to mix it up. Fantastic as always Pam!Hopefully my husband won't eat them all..

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    1. Hi, Heidi! Yeah, my food processor is a real workhorse, I always have to remember that most processors don't have the capacity that mine does. So, do you have any left? :) My first batch was gone in two days. I'm gearing up to make our third batch. Glad you like them. Thanks for the post!

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  3. I have been madly bookmarking so many recipes from your site today! This one looks awesome. I'll be stopping at the store for more shredded coconut tonight, it seems.

    Thanks!

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    1. That's awesome, Tzuriel! I'm so glad to hear you'll be trying some Paleo Table recipes! Thanks for letting me know. How did the paleo crunch balls turn out?

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  4. I just read this post and saw my name and got super excited! I cannot wait to make these!! I will try tomorrow and let u know how it goes...I'm sure they will be amazing!! Thanks for the recipe!!

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    1. Hi, Tracy! I'm glad you saw the post. Thanks for the inspiration--it was such a great idea! The only problem is that these are so good that I have a hard time keeping up with my family's demand! I would love to hear how they turn out for you!

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  5. Hi Pam! I forgot to come back here to let you know that I made these a few weeks ago and they were amazing!!! I am so excited to make them again soon! Will be trying your energy bars tonight...thank you for all your wonderful recipes!

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    1. Hi, Tracy! Thanks for letting me know! I love these--thanks again for the inspiration! Let me know how you like the protein bars.

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  6. Hi Pam,

    The recipes on this site are great!

    How long do these keep for? I like the sound of the dates.

    Home made paleo friendly bars are a great idea but if you find yourself occasionally too lazy to make them and want a quick option consider trying these:


    http://www.paleobars.net

    Cheers!

    Rob

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    1. Hi, Rob! I think we've kept these for about 10 days in the fridge. I don't know how much longer they'll last since they go so quick!

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  7. Made these today Pam, they are delicious, even our 16 month old likes them. We have a mini food processor, but with your very complete instructions we were able to get through the recipe just fine, you seem to have accounted for everybody ( ; We like Kind brand bars for a snack around our house, but I think we have just found there replacement, thanks!

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    1. Hi, Corey! So did you decide on these instead of the paleo crunch? I think these taste like cookie dough. So good! Glad you liked them--thanks for letting me know!

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