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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free Chocolate No-Bake Cookie Balls

Whew! What a mouthful! So these are definitely all that in the title, but also definitely NOT nut-free, so allergy sufferers beware.

This recipe is adapted from one shared by another homeschooling mama, a self-professed "nutritarian." We are SO HAPPY she shared this one with us. Thanks, Emily!

1 cup cashew crumbs (break out your high-speed blender or food processor, folks)
1 cup almond butter (the original recipe calls for almond crumbs as well, but we had almond butter already made, so we used that.  I think either way would work.)
1/4 - 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder (really, it's just to taste)
~ 14 pitted dates + 1 tsp vanilla + 1 tsp salt processed in blender (or food processor) until smooth
1/4 - 1/2 cup of unsweetened finely grated coconut (again, to taste)

1. Mix everything together in a bowl.  Emily uses her hands, but I knew this would wreak havoc with my eczema, so I grabbed a stout spoon (grab a silicone spoon = no sticking) and went to town folding and mixing and folding and mixing and folding some more.  It worked.
2. Form into cookie balls and refrigerate.
3. Eat.

With only dates to sweeten them, I was afraid these would need a sweetener boost, maybe honey or something like that.  But I was totally wrong.  These are so sweet I can only handle ONE!  They're satisfying and curb sugar cravings like nothing I've ever eaten.

Oh, and of course they pass the fickle kid taste test.  My boys LOVE these.  Soren calls them air-dry cookies (you know, "no-bake cookies") and Anders calls them dots.  :)  Karsten just eats them like a child possessed.  Good thing he has a mommy to intervene on his behalf.

Thanks again, Emily!

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Christa Jeanne said...

Ooooh, Liz, thanks for posting!!! I'm LOVING all this stuff you're sharing along your journey. As mentioned before, I'm a few steps behind you, and it's helpful and encouraging to see a friend blaze the trail. :) Keep the good stuff coming. Can't wait to whip up a batch of these over the weekend!

Emily S. said...

Adding the cocoa powder was a great idea!

One of my favorite variations is 1 cup almonds, 1 cup cashews, 1/2 cup dried blueberries, 1/2 cup dates (or however many you need to make it sticky enough,) and 1 tsp lemon zest. SOOOOO good.