These balls provide a soft chewy texture experience, along with a delicate sweetness and tangy flavor. This simple and nutritious snack is made fully of whole, plant food ingredients, without any added sugars, oils, or other unhealthy ingredients. The final product provides you with a high energy and high protein snack that is great at home or on the go, and makes a perfect treat for kids. The balls are rich in healthy and wholesome fats, protein, and carbohydrates, and include a wide array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, and fiber. They are naturally low in sodium and all of their calories are nutrient-dense. Being a raw treat, they also maintain their full nutritional integrity.
TYPE: Dessert, Snack
PREPARATION: < 5 mins
SERVING: Makes 24 – 30 balls
- 100% Plant-based (Vegan)
- Whole food
- Raw food
- Refined sugar-free
- Isolated sugar-free
- You can use dry raw cashews or soaked raw cashews. Do note that soaked cashews will make the balls more soft and “wet”. If soaking your cashews, place them in a bowl of water for several hours, and rinse well before using.
- Add the hemps seeds, cashews, and apricots into your food processor.
- Prepare your lemon by washing it, grating some lemon zest, and then cutting it in half to remove the juice. Place the zest and juice into the food processor.
- Add the optional vanilla extract, and process the ingredients until a sticky mixture results. (Ingredients may even all clump together.)
- Form mixture into balls. If the mixture is too soft to work with comfortably, you can place it into the freezer for about half an hour or so, until it hardens a bit.
- Place some hemp seeds onto a plate and roll each ball evenly in the hemp seeds to provide an external coating.
You can eat the balls immediately for an extra soft and chewy texture, or place them in the refrigerator or freezer to harden for a firmer texture.
Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator for short term use (within week), or in freezer for long term use.
Meal Nutritional Benefits
- provide healthy fats, protein and some carbohydrates
- are a source of omega-3 fatty acids and provide an great omega-3 to omega-6 ratio (1:3)
- provide phytonutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory benefits
- a source of vitamins, especially vitamin A and E
- a source of minerals, especially phosphorus, potassium,…