As you can tell from my recipes, I love sweets. I love preparing them, the aroma of a baking cake in the oven, and the happy faces of those who eat them (at least most of the time).
My friend Stella wrote recently on her blog the Witchy Kitchen about the dangers of excessive sugar. I took her words of caution to heart and although I don’t plan to stop baking, I do want to make sure we have some healthy sweet alternatives on hand.
I’ve also been inspired to feel my best by Victoria Moran who has been discussing her voyage into raw foods. I’m intrigued by the way she describes her new lease on life as a result of her improved diet.
That’s when I decided I needed a quick and easy recipe for a raw cookie. As luck would have it, I found this tasty recipe for Energy Orbs on My New Roots. The first time I made them, I followed the recipe to a tee and then proceeded to eat them all (not at one sitting). The second time, I made a few adjustments (because I just can’t help myself).
These raw cookies are still sweet, but they’re free of white processed sugar and they scratch that itch for something a little sweet after lunch. Just like any cookie, though, it’s hard to eat only one so be sure to make plenty!
Delicious Date Balls
(Source: My New Roots)
2 cups dates, chopped
2 cups nuts (I used Brazil nuts, but walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, cashews, and/or macadamias also work well.)
¼ cup cocoa
⅛ cup coconut flakes
Sesame seeds for rolling (optional)
1. Set out a few sheets of parchment paper and a storage container
2. Place the dates in a food processor. Pulse until processed to a paste. Transfer paste to a medium bowl (don’t clean processor).
3. Add the nuts to the processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the nuts, along with the cocoa and coconut to the bowl with the fruit paste. Use your hands to ground nuts into the paste.
4. Shape the dough into small balls. You can roll the balls in sesame seeds, which will prevent the balls from sticking together.
5. Store in parchment-lined containers in the refrigerator.