Happy Father’s Day!
Here’s a recipe for a snack that dads moms AND kids love. It has only 7 ingredients. The nutty crunch is balanced by the chewy dates and raisins – true flavor explosion in your mouth.
These energy balls can replace chocolate candy, trail mix, and store bought bars. All the ingredients are raw, there is no cooking involved and it’s fun to make together with kids.
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup dates, pitted
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup tahini
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 2 mixing bowls
- measuring cup
- chopping board
- chef’s knife
- mini paper cupcake cups
1. Using a chef’s knife and 2 hands, chop the almonds into smaller pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.
2. Repeat for the cashews and the walnuts.
3. Repeat for the pitted dates, adding them to the nut mix Note: it gets sticky from here on, so you’ll need to wash your hands when they get too sticky to be effective.
4. Add raisins to the mix.
5. Pour tahini into mix.
6. Using both hands, mix until you get a sticky mess that looks something like this:
7. Wash your hands and dry them off. Set about 30-40 mini cupcake holders near your work area.
8. Pour the shredded coconut into the second mixing bowl.
9. Grab a bit of the raw mix and roll into as smooth a ball as you can, about 1 inch in diameter:
10. Roll the sticky ball in the shredded coconut until it is fully covered and not sticky anymore. Note: if you feel the mix is too dry, you can add some more chopped dates and tahini. If the mix is too “wet” and can’t hold, add more nuts.
12. Repeat the last step, making 30-40 energy balls overall. Place each energy ball in individual mini cupcake holder.
Alternate takes on the recipe:
- Instead of coating with coconut, use sesame seeds or cocoa powder.
- Instead of tahini use honey or silan (date syrup), but in smaller quantities.
- Choose whatever nuts and seeds you like – this recipe is just a blueprint.