Raw nut-fruit balls are ideal snacks, because they’re
- easy to make
What’s more, they do not require any odd ingredients and the variations are just endless. Any type of nuts or dried fruits will do. Add some flavour (lemon, cocoa, raspberry, almond, vanilla…), add some extra dry ingredients like oats or coconut if you like, or sticky ingredients like maple syrup or nut butters, and wham, you’ve got yourself a nice treat within minutes.
Yesterday I experimented with apricots and almonds. Because I feared those two ingredients’ tastes would be too overpowering, I balanced them out with dates and cashews, and added some orange blossom water (I love that aroma!) and almond essence, together with some cinnamon and cardamom. The taste was quite sweet and mild (next time I’ll give the pure apricot-almond version a go anyway and see what that brings), and my decision to coat the balls with white chocolate turned out to be an extremely good one. Both tastes work wonderfully well together. You can eat the bites as they are, of course, but if you have white chocolate around, you really should add this extra layer of flavour. The proof lies in the fact that all balls – except the ones I saved for the children’s biscuit box for school tomorrow – have vanished within less than 24h.
- 80g apricots (about 10)
- 80g medjool dates (about 5)
- 60 g almonds
- 60g cashews
- 80g oatmeal
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cardamom
- 1 tsp orange blossom water
- 1/2 tsp almond essence
- 2TB hemp seeds (optional – can also be replaced by other seeds, like sesame seeds, which probably would work even better here, but which I had run out of)
- 1,5 TB sunflower seed butter (optional – you could also use any nut butter you like)
- 1-2 handfuls of vegan white chocolate – optional
- Add all ingredients to a food processor and mix until you have a sticky dough that can easily be rolled into bite-sized balls. If the dough is too sticky, add more oats.
- Melt the white chocolate, and roll each ball into it. Place the chocolate coated ball on a silicone mat and let cool (in the fridge, when you want to speeden up the process).