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Coconut Almond Fat Balls

Coconut Almond Fat Balls
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Hola Mi Gente,

About a year ago, I started hearing about this phenomenon in the health blogger world called “fat balls.” In essence they are raw, vegan balls that have a high amount of protein and fat as a healthy sort of snack. It’s the kind of thing you reach for before or after the gym, or instead of a cookie at night. They’re typically sweetened with dry fruit, are pretty flexible as a recipe (you can add or sub pretty loosely), and are pretty inexpensive to make.

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been experimenting with a couple of different recipes to make my own. You can think of this recipe as a sort of base layer, that you can add to or customize to suit your specific tastes or needs. The first few rounds of recipes, I kept getting really dry, crumbly consistency. As I was playing around with different ingredients and ratios, I decided to try using the leftover almond meal that came from the my strained¬†Coconut Almond Milk, and that did the trick for me in attaining this perfect cookie-dough consistency (without any eggs or dairy!). I’ve been using that meal, that is soaked in a mixture of coconut or almond milk so it has natural moisture. IF you don’t want to make your own milk, you can just soak your almond meal in a little bit of coconut milk for about 5 minutes, before making the Fat Balls.

Everything else is pretty negotiable in the recipe. I like adding Maca Powder to mine, because it has a really pleasant nutty flavor, and is a natural source of energy. You could substitute this for protein or a collagen powder if you prefer. I also used Figs in this recipe as the natural sweetener, but I have used dates and apricots as well, and those have been equally delicious! The ratios are just right, for the ingredients themselves to be easy to switch out for ones you prefer. There was a little limitation to what all I could experiment with during Whole 30, but I’m positive these would be really delicious with chocolate chips and pistachios! Personally, I love mine topped with a little almond butter or dollop of coconut yogurt, a sprinkle of coconut flakes, and matcha powder.

These are perfect emergency snacks for those mornings when you’re on the go, or as a healthier indulgence in-between or after meals! These are one of my favorite snacks to meal prep on Mondays, because I can make them right after I make my milk, and they last me all week!

 


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Coconut Almond Fat Balls
A quick, raw, vegan treat full of healthy fats and protein. Perfect as a healthier indulgent snack, or to grab to-go on your busy days!
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Servings
Fat Balls
Ingredients
Prep Time 5 Minutes
Cook Time 10 Minutes
Servings
Fat Balls
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Soak your almond meal in about a 1/2 C of coconut milk for about 5 minutes, and then squeeze excess moisture out. Melt the coconut oil and blend with dates/figs and walnuts. Add blended ingredients as well as the maca powder, almond meal, and almond butter to a large bowl and stir until combined evenly. Shape into balls and cover with desired toppings. Keep refrigerated in an airtight container for up to two weeks (but they won't last that long, I promise).
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Mary-Beth is a creative, food-obsessed, Georgia transplant living in the PNW. She is proudly and fiercely Latina. You can usually find her wandering her house in pajamas staging the next social justice revolution in her head, or eating her way through Portland with her favorite people. Her life is a constant juggling of chasing joy, learning about rest/work balance, pursuing justice, and loving her crew deeply. Also tacos. Her life is full of really good tacos.



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