If you’re new to this blog, you aren’t aware of my love for all things balls. I have a seemingly endless supply of both sweet and savory balls in my freezer. For some reason, I’ve found people outside the blogosphere don’t appreciate eating food with the word ball in the title. So, when I make balls for non-bloggers (which is everyone I know in real life), I call them bites. Or truffles. Or I just flatten the dough into a pan and cut it into squares. Those crazy ‘regular’ people. What’s wrong with a few good balls?!
Coconut Goji Balls
12 jumbo madjool dates (or 24 regular sized madjools), pitted
1/2 c raw almonds, soaked
1/2 c shredded coconut, organic
1/4 c goji berries
Rinse and drain the almonds thoroughly. Add them and the goji berries to a food processor (or a mini-chopper). Pulse until coarsely chopped. Remove and place in a bowl. Then, add dates and coconut to the food processor and pulse until combined. Now you have two choices: either add the almond/goji mix back to the food processor and pulse to combine OR add the date/coconut mix to the almond/goji berry mix and combine with a spoon. (Squishing by hand works best with this method.) Finally, spoon out a big glob and roll it into a ball. Continue until all of the mixture is rolled into balls. Store in the refrigerator or the freezer.
If you choose the freezer, you may have to let them warm for a few minutes before consuming; the goji berries freeze pretty solid and can be a little tough on the teeth.
These travel great. I’ve been carrying them around with me during crazy busy work days, and they don’t melt or squish or get weird at all. And, they’re cheaper than those popular date and nut bars from the store. Plus, you know exactly what’s in them. Bonus!