Thursday, April 5, 2012

Raw Cookie Dough Balls

Did the title of this post get your attention? It should, they are delish!

I am always on the lookout for healthy snacks for Reece, something a little different than the usual fresh fruit or raw vegetables he usually gets. 
Two years ago I found this recipe, and it is still being made on a regular basis in our home. At first, they were a little sweet treat for Justin and I, but now Reece really enjoys them too.  And not only does he enjoy eating them, he loves making them.
Raw Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
¾ cup dates, pitted                 
½ cup raw cashews
¾ tsp vanilla extract
Handful of raw cacao nibs
2 tbsp of chia seeds
2 tbsp of hemp seeds

Measure out the nuts and then pulse them into the food processor until they are nothing but little confetti pieces.




Then add the dates into the food processor and pulse them until they have completely blended with the cashews.


Add the vanilla extract, chia seeds and hemp seeds, continue to pulse until you can see the mixture sticking together.
Take the mixture out of the food processor and lay it onto a cutting board. Sprinkle in your raw cacao nibs using your hands to knead the “dough”.


Use your hands to grab individual pieces of dough and roll them into circles (or you can use a melon scooper if you have one).
Once you have enough cookie dough balls, place them on a plate and into the fridge for 1-2 hours (or the freezer for 30 minutes if you are in a hurry).

***This recipe is originally from Raw Food Nation www.rawfoodnation.org.  I added some super foods to pump up the nutrition.
These never last too long in our home, they are just too delicious. But since they are filled with super foods and full of nutrition, I really don’t mind making more.

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Linking up with Tots and Me for Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen

Linking up with Happy Whimsical Hearts for Happy Lil ❤'s are Baking


21 comments:

  1. I wish I had a little one to help in the kitchen. I dislike getting my hands sticky and the kids always loved it! Delicious!!

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    1. These are definitely a little sticky, but I swear, it is worth it :)

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  2. These look yummy and have to be a lot healthier than most of whats out there. Talk about oxymoron - healthy cookie. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  3. Oh yum! I know what I'm making! :)
    Thanks for the raw food link, I have never visited this site before and could use some new ideas. I find myself getting in a rut and preparing the same things over and over...it
    gets pretty boring so this site should jolt my menu planning.

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    1. Hope you enjoy Tracey. Raw Food Nation has some great recipes, lots of inspiration is you are in a food rut.

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  4. I love these so much! I make them weekly. They actually turned me on to cashews!

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  5. mmmmm, YES!! i will be making these- i'm thinking they will be perfect for the easter baskets :) perfect timing for sharing, thanks kim!

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    1. Oh yes, the perfect Easter basket treat, kids will love them and mamas will be happy knowing it is actually good for them :)

      Enjoy!

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  6. Thanks for this Kim. They look yum!

    Reece is such a little cutie and very capable too. I love how you have done this post with Reece as the demonstrator.

    Happy Easter.

    Love Julie xxoo

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    1. They are delish Julie. And thanks, Reece really loves being in the kitchen with me, which I love too!! He is a great little helper.

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  7. These look great. Think I might have made something similar when I was trying a raw/juicing diet 6 years ago. I am not sure where I would get all these ingredients though in our small rural area. Gonna try though.
    Would love if you could stop by and share. I have a weekly Kids and a Mom in the Kitchen Linky. Here is this week's link
    http://totsandme.blogspot.com/2012/04/kids-and-mom-in-kitchen-banana-pancakes.html
    BTW, I found you through your link at Happy Whimsical Hearts

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    1. Great, I will stop by right now. Hope you can find everything, they are really delish. You could even leave out the hemp and chia seeds, they would still be amazing.

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  8. This is a great recipe, thank you for sharing it! I am not surprised they don't last long! Adding them to our list to try :-)

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    1. Had to let you know we made these today :-) They are soooo super tasty and I love that they are a healthy snack! Thanks again for sharing x

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  9. Loving gluten-free and raw food, I am delighted by this recipe I have just added to my list. Would you like me to pin this post to Pinterest with a link to your blog to spread good word of you there?

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    1. So glad you like it, they really are delish!! And yes, of course, please pin it, that would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

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