I used to make sugar and chocolate-laden ones as Christmas gifts years ago. But now that our family is trying to eat more healthfully, I have passed up my old truffle recipe in search of a fresh alternative.
Well, I finally found one. Here is a great recipe for nut butter balls that are kind of like truffles. You and your family can indulge in these while knowing that they are really good for you.
My inspiration for these came from Real Sustenance, a website dedicated to raw foods. I found her recipe about one month ago and just had to try it.
True to my ways, I changed up the recipe a bit with new ingredients and a money-saving twist-- and boy, do we have another winner this time.
The idea to roll these nut butter balls in coconut came from Kelly of The Nourishing Home. I should have thought of it myself, since I rolled my other homemade truffles in cocoa, coconut and chopped nuts. Ah well, sometimes we all need a reminder of good things.)
We even had friends over yesterday who do not have any dietary restrictions and they LOVED them. In fact, my dear friend's daughter can be a picky eater and she kept asking for more "cookies" :-).
Why these nut butter balls are great:
- They are raw, so you can benefit from increased nutrition
- They are simple to prepare - no baking required
- The recipe is variable so you can "make do" with whatever you have in your home
- They are packed with nutrition from nuts or seeds, coconut, and flax (a powerhouse of omega 3s)
- A lot cheaper than buying fancy chocolates and such
How about passing this recipe onto your kids or your husband so that they can whip up a batch (or two) for you on Mother's Day or some other holiday? They are so easy to make that they can make them with almost no help!
- Money Saving Tip: To save money, simply grind shredded coconut. 3 cups coconut will yield approximately 1 1/2 cups once ground. I use my Vitamix to grind it and it works great. Ground coconut isn’t really coconut flour but it works pretty well in this recipe.
- Nut Butter Options: Almond butter is wonderful, but any nut or seed butter will work. See this post on Homemade Nut Butter. You may need to add more coconut flour or flax if the resultant mix is too thin.
- Sweeteners: Any healthy sweetener can be used instead of xylitol, but if you use a liquid sweetener you should omit the water, and you may need to use a different amount of sweetener if using a liquid, so read this post for tips on substituting sweeteners. If using pre-sweetened nut or seed butters like SunButter, reduce sweetener accordingly. If using stevia extract, try 4-5 scoops (see How to Use Stevia).
- Note that some readers have found that these balls are too dry after following the directions. Even when I make my own nut butters and seed butters I have found that some batches are quite a bit more dry than others. If your balls turn out too dry, simply add some water or a non-dairy milk to the dough using just enough to make the dough stick together.
Nut or Seed Butter Balls - sugar free, low carb, allergy friendly
- Add all ingredients (except sweetener, if using granulated) to a medium-size bowl.
- If using granulated sweetener, mix sweetener and water in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until sweetener dissolves. You could also powder the sweetener to make it easier to blend. See my post on Powdered Sugar Substitute.
- Mix well until all ingredients are blended.
- Add more water (non dairy milk is fine too) if needed to keep balls together).
- Roll mixture into small balls. You can also use a small stainless scoop (I love this one) for easier and less messy rolling.
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Do you have a healthy favorite sweet treat that you would like to share?