Thursday, January 21, 2010

Raw Cocoa Balls

I’ve invited a goup of friends over to watch the big game on Sunday. In addition to the traditional football game fare that I will be serving I wanted to add a few raw items.

The raw menu will include guacamole, hummus, veggies, fruits, flax crackers, soup and a few dessert items.

Because I haven’t created many (any?) raw dessert items as of yet I’ve been throwing a few things together this week to try out on my family.

Remember the McNaughton Balls that I absolutely loved at McNaughton 100, 2008? They were the best ultra food, not to mention treat in general, that I had during the race. The problem was that they had that addictive factor that I have for certain ingredients. When I recreated them at home I used peanut butter, oats, coconut, chocolate chips and honey; rolling them into balls. They were fabulous. I have yet to forget them. I was addicted.

Last night I created a raw version of the McNaughton Balls. They turned out fabulous and they didn’t cause me to rekindle my addictive behavior! Steve, Tyler and Troy enjoyed them as well. When they were selecting the largest balls, I knew this was a hit.

They will be a nice addition to our Viking Football Sunday food. Tonight I’ll be putting together a raw banana pie. I hope it turns out as nicely as these.

Raw Cocoa Balls
2 C dates
2 C cashews (raw, unsalted)
1/2 vanilla bean or 1 T vanilla
4 T dark cocoa
Place into blender and chop chop chop. Form into balls.

I rolled a few into coconut and a few into cocoa just like truffles. Amazing!!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Julie,
Have you done any "raw" cooking with a dehydrator? I have one for making backpacking foods and have been reading about it a little. Just wondering if you ever tried it. You are an amazing cook, so any insight you would have would be great!
Michelle

SteveQ said...

Julie, raw cashews are poisonous!!! The ones that are labeled "raw" are simpy not roasted, but they are steamed to release them from their shells and to destroy the toxin.

Almost any other nut would work, though.

Julie B said...

Hi Michelle, I don't have a dehydrator so no, I haven't tried one out. For the flax crackers that I made-a person could have used the dehydrator instead of baking. Many raw foodists don't want to heat their food over 118F as that is where the enzymes perish so they dehydrate instead at 116F or lower. If a person doens't have a dehydrator they can bake at 110F or so instead.

Steve-most nuts are are pasteurized. A person can't really purchase 'raw' in the US. They are labeled as raw however.

Helen said...

These sound yum! And simple enough for me - and since you are eating them thsy must be healthy! I don't plan to watch the game but may just have to give these a try... :)

René said...

wonderful recipes!

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Julie, raw cashews are poisonous!!! The ones that are labeled "raw" are simpy not roasted, but they are steamed to release them from their shells and to destroy the toxin.