Merry Christmas, Raw Moms!
Just wanted to post a scrumptious recipe for you – these rich, dense, tangy balls are perfect for the festive season. Last Christmas we packaged up these balls (see photo) and took them around to our neighbors, spreading the festive (raw) cheer!
This recipe comes from my raw-food recipe e-book for kids – Monkey Mike’s Raw Food Kitchen: An Un-Cookbook for Kids!. Below, I’ve kept the recipe in the kid-friendly format in which it appears in the book, but the book also features gorgeous, full-colour illustrations of all ingredients and equipment.
It’s a super-easy, super-tasty recipe, and I just know that you and your children are going to love it!
Have a simply wonderful Christmas, and I’ll see you in the New Year.
Raw Mom Jo
Orange-Choc Bliss Balls
Makes 20 balls
Rather than opening up a candy bar when you next feel like eating something sweet, try making these tasty little morsels – they’re tangy, orange-flavored balls with a hint of chocolate.
1 cup almonds
½ cup cashews
4 Medjool dates
1 cup raisins (sultanas)
1 orange, rinsed & dried
¼ cup cacao powder (or carob powder)
¼ cup desiccated coconut, for the mixture
½ cup desiccated coconut, for rolling
2 dinner plates
How to make them
1. Roughly chop the almonds, so that each nut has been chopped into about 2 or 3 pieces (tip: to make this easier, chop half a cup at a time). Put these pieces into the food processor.
2. Roughly chop the cashews and add these to the food processor.
3. Process the nuts until they look like a fine powder (a bit like breadcrumbs – this will take at least 20 seconds).
4. Chop the dates in half and remove the pit. Roughly chop each date.
5. Add the raisins (sultanas) and chopped dates to the food processor.
6. Using the “fine-grate” side of the grater, grate the orange’s zest onto the chopping board. Put the zest into the food processor on top of the chopped nuts and dried fruit.
7. Chop the orange in half, and use the citrus juicer to squeeze the juice. Add the juice to the food processor.
8. Add the cacao powder and coconut to the food processor, and process the mixture until it is like a thick, sticky dough. If the mix is a bit stiff, add a few drops of water.
9. On 1 of the dinner plates, spread out the extra ½ cup of coconut. Put the other dinner plate next to it.
10. Wet your hands, and pull off a small chunk of the mixture. Roll it into a ball, making it about the size of a macadamia nut that’s in its shell. Then roll the ball in the coconut, and place the finished ball on the final dinner plate. Chill the balls for at least 1 hour.
Did you know? That chocolate was first consumed by the ancient Maya civilization as a drink? It wasn’t made for eating until the mid-1800s, when a Dutchman called Coenraad Van Houten invented a way of taking cocoa butter out of the cocoa bean.
Joanne Newell is the author of Monkey Mike’s Raw Food Kitchen: An Un-Cookbook for Kids! – and she can show you how to create abundance, vitality, and the life of your dreams through her law of attraction life-coaching business, Rich Radiant Real. To grab a free copy of her luscious, instantly downloadable guide called 7 Ways to Recharge Your Vibration & Attract the Riches of Life, visit Rich Radiant Real.
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