This is a delicious, fast and easy recipe for the perfect snack…vegan roasted nut balls. What could be more satisfying, more healthy and delicious than your favorite nuts, bound with the sweet flavor of dates and cacao nibs. It’s almost perfection, but we can save that for another time. But, as a whole food plant based eater, you sometimes too get your set of cravings. With sugar out, and oil out, the options can be limited.
The key, is roasting…
I’ve made these balls a few times before, with out the additional step of roasting the nuts. I must say, roasting the nuts before hand is a complete game changer. In fact, roasted almonds and pecans are almost similar to a caramel taste and simply put, the bar is raised for these little delights.
Also called power balls, or energy balls, many recipes out there you will find have added oats. I find this totally unnecessary. It’s adding more calories to the mix, and I find you just don’t need to do it. I like keeping this recipe simple with a pretty easy ingredient list. Roasted vegan nut balls are complete with no nut butters added, no water added, no oil or sugars needed. The dates play the role of being a super binder and adds the perfect level of sweetness to the recipe. Certainly you don’t need to soak the dates either…they are perfectly ready to perform, just pulse them up and mix a bit more with your hands and your recipe is ready to be rolled.
Size is no matter here. You can form big balls, or small bite-size balls. Whichever your preference. After spending an hour or so in the deep freezer, take the balls out, and store in an airtight container in the fridge. My batches usually don’t make it longer than 24 hours, but if you’re a bit luckier than I, the balls will safely store for over a week and make the perfect, anytime, anywhere snack for the entire family.
Vegan Roasted Nut Balls
- 2 cups nuts pecans, almonds are my favorite!
- 2 cups dates pitted
- 2 TBS cacao nibs optional, but good. shredded coconut also good.
- first step is to roast the nuts in the oven on convection setting w/ temperature @ 150 for about 30 min. Watch them, if it's browning too quick, turn it down to 100. You'll be able to smell when they are done-it smells delicious! Take them out and they will crackle as they cool.
- measure your dates
- measure the cacao nibs
- assemble in the food processor
- pulse until it begins to break and chop up
- Now begins the ball forming. With your hands, properly combing or mash all the ingredients together so they stick. Either with a spoon, or your hands, scoop out which ever amount you desire and form balls. Place on a baking tray,
- Put in the freezer for about 30 min., then take out. I like them cold and hard. There's nothing wrong w/ letting them adjust to room temperature before you eat them, but they should be stored in a container in the fridge. Enjoy!