Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Orange Cacao Nut Balls

A healthy snack or dessert!
A real winner in packed lunches!
Free of sugar, gluten, grain, dairy, and preservatives!
Full of delicious flavor!

Two closeups of the delicious goodness!

2 cups raw walnuts, soaked, rinsed, and drained
10 pitted dates or prunes
3 Tbsp. raw cacao powder

6 drops wild orange essential oil (therapeutic grade)

1 tsp. pure vanilla

2 Tbsp. cacao nibs 

1/8 tsp. sea salt
stevia to taste (optional)

Soak walnuts overnight to remove phytic acid which can stop nutrients from being absorbed in the digestive system and reduce the digestibility of these foods.  Grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds typically contain the highest levels of phytic acid.  After soaking the nuts, rinse well, and drain.

Grind all the ingredients in a food processor at high speed until it turns into the consistency of a dough.

Squeeze it into balls and store in the refrigerator or freezer.  If planning to use these for packed lunches, wrap individually and place in the freezer until ready to use.