Monday, January 23, 2012

Coconut & Nut Balls

Larabar's are a staple in my life. I tuck them away in my desk at work, my work bag, purse and have several in my pantry almost at all times. At over a buck a bar. sometimes two a bar- it can get pricey and it's always fun to attempt new recipes.

So, I made my own tonight. Instead of bars, we rolled them into balls, a cute little package and easy to grab-n'-go. These have more ingredients than the average Larabar- jam-packed with goodness and rolled with love ;)


Coconut & Nut Balls

1 cup pecans (raw, unsalted)
1/2 cup macadamia nuts  (raw, unsalted)
1/4 blanched almond flour
1/2 cup dried cherries (unsweetened)
1/4 cup dried cranberries
7 pitted dates (any kind)
1/2 cup unsweetened organic coconut flakes
1/4 cup dairy/soy free chocolate chips
1 tbls honey
1/4 cup coconut oil

Method:

In a blender or food processor (I used my Ninja blender), grind/mix the pecans, macadamia nuts and almond flour. Set aside. Then blend the cherries, cranberries, dates, coconut flakes and half of the coconut oil (2 tbl spoons). Once blended, add in the remainder of the coconut oil, nut mixture, chocolate chips and honey. Blend thoroughly.

Roll into 'snack-size' balls and refrigerate. I  used plastic wrap and wrapped each ball individually so they do not dry out.

Stay tuned for more homemade balls/bars as I will be experimenting ;)

Enjoy ;)

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