Ah... raw balls are my favorite! They are perfect as a snack when you are starting to hit an afternoon low, a quick and healthy dessert, and sometimes even sub for my breakfast on days I have to rush out of the door.
I make them in all kinds of flavors and variations; some are more time consuming and some less. All you need is a powerful food processor to make the "dough" and you are good to go!
I made these lemon ones for my mom on a hot summer day today, and she absolutely loved them. I hope you do, too!
Preparation time: 15 minutes (depends how quickly you roll :-))
For about 40 balls:
1 ½ cups raw cashew nuts
1 cup desiccated coconut
¼ cup raw honey (or other liquid sweetener of your choice)
zest of 2 lemons
2 Tbsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp pure vanilla extract
extra desiccated coconut for rolling (about ¾ cups)
First, process the cashew nuts in the food processor until ground into a flour. This can take anywhere from 10 - 30 seconds depending on how strong your food processor is.
Add the coconut, honey, lemon zest, juice, and vanilla extract and process until a sticky dough has formed.
One teaspoon at a time, roll the dough in your hands into a ball. Then roll the ball in the extra coconut and place on a plate or a storage container. Pop one in your mouth as you are rolling to make the time working in the kitchen even sweeter!
These keep well in the fridge for 2 weeks - if you can resist them so long!