Balls for breakfast eh? Not the obvious choice, especially if you’re a die-hard fan of cornflakes or marmite on toast… however, obvious isn’t always best now is it? While in Thailand, I went in search of a little pre-yoga breakfast juice accompaniment and had the pleasure of discovering the ‘bounce balls’ at Living Juices in Koh Tao. They were oaty, delicious and kept me going until well after my yoga class. Sadly, I have moved on form Koh Tao and therefore had to take matters into my own hands if I ever again wanted to feel the spring in my step that these dense little balls gave me.
Introducing…. Nea’s Coco-Nut Breakfast Balls! (I realise this is a rubbish name but it has some definite truth and meaning in there!)
These deliciously sweet, wholesome balls are all natural, raw, paleo, vegan, gluten free, contain no processed sugar and are packed full of more essential fats and nutrients than you can shake a bran flake at. As a serial breakfast hater (a serial cereal hater if you will) I am always eager to make something I will actually want to eat come morning and by jove, I think I’ve done it! As with all my recipes, I encourage you to substitute ingredients, use up what you have in the cupboards and above all, get creative! Here’s how I made mine…
- 1 cup whole, shelled walnuts
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 1 1/4 cups dried, pitted dates
- 4tbs boiling water
- 4tsp coconut butter
- desiccated coconut for rolling
- cinnamon (to taste)
- raw cocoa powder (to taste)
First, blitz half the walnuts and half the almonds in the food processor to form sand-sized grains.
Add the remaining nuts and blitz for a few seconds longer. You should be left with a combination of powdered and chopped nuts. Place nuts in a large mixing bowl.
Roughly chop dates and place in the food processor. Pour boiling water over dates and blitz on high until a smooth paste is formed. Add to bowl with nuts.
Add all remaining ingredients and roughly combine until a think dough is formed. You may need to add a little more water at this point.
Using your hands, form dough into 2 inch balls and roll in desiccated coconut. This will stop them getting sticky when you eat them. To add a little extra pizzazz to mine, I rolled half in toasted coconut and half in normal!
Thanks to all that coconut butter, these balls set nice and firm when kept in the fridge which means no sticky fingers! As you can see, no sugar was added to this recipe because they are sweet enough already! These little beauties have loads of fiber, essential fatty acids, antioxidants, are cheap to make and only take two minutes to whip up in a craving frenzy. The added bonus is… they’re super good for you too!
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this recipe, why not try it out! Has anybody got any new flavour suggestions for my next batch?