7 Mar 2013

walnut bliss balls with chia, coconut + carob


Wow, I love balls. This recipe has only a few ingredients, all of which are super foods in their whole, raw form. I had trouble restraining myself from eating all the mix before I rolled them out but I can proudly say I only devoured like... 1/4 of it. This is where you say "Good job, Emily." Even my kitty was tempted by the coconut flakes. I quickly googled "cats and coconut" and it turns out coconut oil is excellent for your animal companions! Holla.


I am starting to prefer carob over cacao. I had forgotten how deliciously sweet it is, and in my opinion, more florally (I don't think that's a word...) than cacao. Nutritionally it has less fat, 1/3 of the calories, many of the same nutrients and vitamins, and can be eaten without any processing, while you must process cacao seeds before they're edible. Having said that - I will never give up chocolate so don't worry. But still - carob is pretty legit. 

You know what else is legit? Chia seeds! They are way too awesome for me alone to explain so I will let this professional-sounding person do it for me. Finally we have raw coconut flakes that taste OUT OF THIS WORLD. I have much sympathy for those poor folks who are allergic to coconut. On your behalf, I am so sorry. Now if you excuse me, I am going to go fill my face with coconut... *runs away* 


walnut bliss balls with chia, coconut + carob: 

Balls:
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup oats
1 1/2 cups dates
2 tablespoons carob powder
Dash of salt and vanilla, if desired 

Coatings:
Coconut flakes
Carob powder
Chia seeds 

To make the balls: process the walnuts, oats and carob in your food processor until they become a rough flour. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until it sticks together. If it is still too crumbly or dry, add 1 tablespoon of liquid coconut oil or a few more dates. Press the mix into balls with your hands. Roll in the coatings. Nom. 

28 comments:

Becky Lynn said...

YUM! making straight away. thanks so much <3

Sue Sharpe said...

Can I coco powder instead of carob?

Anonymous said...

I love you. Holla!

Becky Lynn said...

i didn't have carob or dates so i substituted with cacao and raw honey, raw sugar, and coconut oil. turned out awesome!

Anonymous said...

Those look awesome! Except the only thing I would suggest is that since the chia seeds have not absorbed water then to drink extra water, otherwise once you consume them then they will absorb water once in your body! :)

Tamaura Jean said...

Yours have got to taste better than mine with a beauty of a cat like that! GREAT blog. Thank you

TheCookieFairy said...

I wasn't entirely convinced by the flavour of carob when I first tasted it but I very quickly came to like it. 3 more weeks until Easter, in the meantime it's going to be carob instead of chocolate for me... These look so good :)

virginia said...

Hello! I'm heading off to the store and wanted to ask if you know how much approximately 1 cup of walnuts weighs..
Thank you!

theroadtoserendipity said...

I remember going to "Hippy Markets" in my old state (Western Australia) when I was a kid and buying "Bliss balls" which were an amazing treat back then. I have 3 carob saplings that I am going to plant out in our food forest because carob will grow alright here but cacao is a true tropical tree. I wish date palms would grow here but we are going to do a few horticultural experiments and are going to attempt to grow some coconuts. No idea if they will fruit here but I know that they should grow and whether they fruit or not, they would make an interesting variation on a theme ;). I don't eat many energy type creations now and try to fit nuts and seeds into the savoury quotient of my day. I use dates sparingly for sweeteners as agave is prohibitively expensive in Tasmania but these nut balls look really tasty and sound like they would keep for ages in the fridge so I might give them a go :)

Katrin - therawfoodsisters.com said...

Yumm! These balls looks amazing. I made some energy balls earlier today, a bit like yours and they were delicious. Love your blog. A true inspire! Big hug

Emily von Euw said...

no doubt, yes you can =)

Emily von Euw said...

Ah smart! I was wondering about that because I have never had chia without it being gelled.

Emily von Euw said...

about 3-4 ounces? =)

Emily von Euw said...

Wow that all sounds incredible! Thanks for commenting!

Miliany Bonet said...

these balls look so easy, quick & delicious! i will make these soon. i like how simple the ingredients are. i wrote a post about the health benefits of chia seeds if you would like to check it out: http://0medz0.com/the-health-benefits-of-chia-seeds/

BTW, I LOVE your cat! he or she is sooo cute! hugs for both you & your cat! =)

Steelergirl said...

Could I sub coconut flour or brown rice flour for the oats?

hmw7705 said...

Love these! Totally addicted and the best part is my 6 year old loves them too...thank you!

Anonymous said...

Hello I was just wondering if you have an idea on what to substitute oats for please? I m not allowed it too much because I ve got bad acne and oats doesn't help.
Thanks in advance :0
deb

Emily von Euw said...

Sure... nuts, seeds or buckwheat groats would all work :D

Joyce @ It's Your Life said...

I have carob chips, do you think I can use them?

Emily von Euw said...

Heck yeah!

Amy said...

These are so good. Do you have a instagram account?

Emily von Euw said...

I wish!! My cell phone is ancient :/

Lisa Black said...

I love this recipe and wish i could follow you for others. Know any cacao coconut mousse recipes?? Please and thank you!

Emily von Euw said...

You can subscribe by email! And follow me on facebook, twitter, pinterst, etc. Just click the button above my photo on the right hand side at the top of the page :) Also, google "rawsome chocolate pudding" and I think you will be happy with the results!

Erica Fritch said...

i have wondered about raw chia. is it easy on the digestion? i want to put some in my raw chocolate (that i make for breakfast every morning), but don't want to make it hard to digest.

Emily von Euw said...

Yes they're great for digestion!

Anonymous said...

I made these with pecans instead of walnuts, and raw cacao instead of carob. So good!