Recipe Review: These are our favourite treat so far! Easy to make (although your hands do get messy) but can be surprisingly hard to call them by the correct name. I have on a few occasions, fallen prey to a spoonerism and called them “bint malls” instead of mint balls!
Cooking time: 10 – 20 minutes Serves: 18 balls (approx)
Preheat oven: Food processor only
- 1 cup cashews
- 1 cup almonds
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- 2 Tbsp hemp seeds
- 3 Tbsp raw organic cacao powder
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil (see Tip)
- 2 Tbsp coconut palm sugar
- 1 Tbsp xylitol*
- 1 tsp spirulina (optional)
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
1. Combine cashews, almonds, chia and hemp seeds together in food processor until well ground.
2. Add remaining ingredients until well combined.
3. Form balls by shaping mixture in the palm of your hand. Store in fridge to harden.
4. Makes approximately 18 balls (depending on how much mix you eat along the way!)
Tip: If you live in a cool climate, you may like to melt coconut oil prior to adding to mixture. The best way to do this is using the double boiler method and keep heat low. Place coconut oil in heat-proof bowl into a pot of water. Heat slowly until coconut oil liquefies.
No suggestions here!
However if you don’t like peppermint you could probably leave it out, add any other extract you like e.g. cherry, raspberry, coconut, etc., or even try these raw-chocolate brownies I made a while back.
* I had a niggling feeling when I bought the xylitol that I had read somewhere that it’s not as good as it’s cracked up to be. I remembered a few days later where I had seen it mentioned. The Wellness Warrior no longer supports xylitol as a sugar substitute as it is completely man made, nothing natural about it. So I will continue to use what’s left but after that I won’t use xylitol again. You can read her article on sugar alternatives here.