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Healthy Treats: Almond-Coconut Balls

by Mihl

Since I ate these at a local restaurant, I wanted to make something similar at home. A sweet, crunchy and very aromatic treat that is the most amazing and healthy snack. The storebought version was made with boondis, little balls made from fried gram flour. I substituted puffed rice for the boondis. The almond coconut balls are easy to make. Soak the dates in water for a couple of hours and toast you coconut over medium heat until golden brown.

Almond-Coconut Balls (makes 19)

1 1/3 cups chopped dates, soaked in water for a couple of hours, drained
1/2 cup dried, shredded coconut, toasted
1 T lemon juice
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground cardamom
1/2 t lemon peel
1 cup puffed rice
1/2 cup ground almonds

Place the soaked dates in a food processor and add lemon juice. Process until the dates turn into a creamy paste. Add some more water if neccessary. Combine in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients (except almonds), mix until everything is well combined and form into balls (walnut-sized). Coat with ground almonds and store in an airtight container.

 

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vila November 18, 2008 - 12:56

btw… i´m gonna make a post about u on my food-blog.

too nice recipes!!!

Liz² November 7, 2008 - 04:22

oh, you had me at aromatic! and they’re so pretty!

urbanvegan November 7, 2008 - 02:03

They look and sound divine

roo November 6, 2008 - 21:10

I have to make these! They look yummy!

Alice (in Veganland) November 6, 2008 - 17:28

They look even better than the store-bought version! amazing!

lisa (show me vegan) November 6, 2008 - 03:28

the spices you chose sound so delicious!

miss v November 6, 2008 - 03:04

i have a bunch of dates i have been debating how to use… looks great!

twoveganboys November 5, 2008 - 20:11

Thank you for the kind words. I am so sorry to hear about your cousin. It is tough losing a loved one.

rebecca November 5, 2008 - 19:58

Those look divine! My mouth is even watering, haha

Celine November 5, 2008 - 13:25

too easy, but I’ll say it anyway: I love your balls, C.

bazu November 5, 2008 - 02:24

those look excellent!

Diann November 5, 2008 - 01:35

They look like donut holes, but sound much more healthy and delcious.

River (Wing-It Vegan) November 5, 2008 - 01:27

Mihl these look SO deliciously perfect! I could eat them all in one sitting!

veganjay November 5, 2008 - 00:53

These look so good!! I love coconut!!

happyherbivore November 5, 2008 - 00:51

gulp. I’m already addicted to coconut covered dried dates with almonds in the middle and now these balls? I’m in trouble.

Ricki November 4, 2008 - 23:22

They look great! A perfect sweet snack :)

Sara November 4, 2008 - 22:16

These look totally fabulous! I want to jump into the photo and eat one, right now!

jessy November 4, 2008 - 22:13

ooooh – i just love these! thanks, Mihl! easy & yummy looking indeed! i might have to whip some up for thanksgiving treats! yay!

Bianca- Vegan Crunk November 4, 2008 - 21:25

Mihl, I want your balls!!! Well, that’s sounds dirty, but you know what balls I’m talkin’ about. These look delicious!

Erin November 4, 2008 - 21:09

Simply marvelous.

Sanja November 4, 2008 - 20:55

O my, these look amazing!

Ok, so now I have rice crispie treats I want to make, and these things; I think i can justify buying a whole box of rice krispies now!

VeggieGirl November 4, 2008 - 20:50

TOOOOO DELICIOUS!!! :-D

halfpintpixie November 4, 2008 - 20:39

yum, yum, yummy, I’ve added dried dates to my shopping list for this week to try these out!

Aimee November 4, 2008 - 19:22

Yummy! These sound very tasty! I think I have all the ingredients!

shellyfish November 4, 2008 - 18:43

Oh these sound so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe – I love stuff like this!

Carrie November 4, 2008 - 18:22

Those look amazing!!!

fortheloveofguava November 4, 2008 - 18:21

man… how do you expect us all to do anything but salivate over all those delicious desserts you keep posting?! YUM!

Virginia November 4, 2008 - 17:47

that looks like a great healthy but sweet treat!

destinyskitchen November 4, 2008 - 17:45

Ooh, another sugar-free candy recipe I must try! Thank you so much.

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