Friday, July 22, 2011

How to Eat a Hug ...

Eating a hug ... that's the best way I can describe these treats :) Yum! I've made them countless times so I thought I'd better share the recipe.
They are fairly ... actually in my book they are VERY guilt free! Dairy free, vegan, gluten free, and hold the phone they're sugar free too! Well sort of ... I found a loop hole, there is a bit a maple syrup in there for sweetness.

I don't have a name for them so they can just be coconut/ cocoa/ almond/ date-ish ball things for now. I'd love some name suggestions. :)

Here's the recipe:


400g Dried Pitted Dates
1/4 cup Psyllium Husk*
1/4 cup Rice Bran Oil
2 tbsp Maple Syrup
1 tsp of Vanilla Bean Paste**
1/4 cup Cocoa Powder
1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1/8 tsp Salt
1/2 cup (50g) Fine Desiccated Coconut
1 cup (160g) Blanched Almonds

+ a second measure of 1/2 cup (50g) of coconut for coating them at the end.
Either fine desiccated or shredded. I prefer shredded, it's a little fancier.

*Can substitute the psyllium husk for wheat germ, LSA mix or whatever is in your cupboard of the same texture and taste.
**Use essence if you don't have paste, but keep in mind that paste is so much better!
(for this recipe you need a food processor)


Put all the ingredients except the coconut and almonds in a food processor, blend/pulse until the mixture resembles a paste like texture.
Transfer the mixture into a large bowl.
Put the almonds in the empty food processor and pulse until they are roughly chopped, add to the bowl with the first measure (1/2 cup) of coconut.
At this point you'll have to get your hands in there to combine the mixture evenly.
Once you've got a good consistency you can divide and roll the mixture into small balls (2 cm diametre).
Use the second measure of coconut to coat the balls. (I like to toast the coconut slightly before coating them).
Put them in the fridge in an air tight container for a few hours before eating to allow them to set. If you can refrigerate them overnight, even better!
Then eat!!


  1. Yum!

    I'm going to make these, but using date syrup instead of maple syrup, for even more datey-goodness. Dare I ask if you ever put booze in them?

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