#berrydessert2017: Berry Balls

What constitutes a dessert? I asked my brother but we couldn’t agree on something specific. It’s usually something sweet and cold that you eat to conclude a meal. In that sense I could say that a cold pineapple pizza slice is dessert, right? Anyhow, thinking of possible berry desserts for the #berrydessert2017, I realized that most people were making cheesecakes. Cakes and pies seem to be something everyone agrees is a dessert. I decided to mix things up and make other sweets. Maybe they don’t completely qualify as desserts, but they are usually cold, and sweet, and I eat them after a meal, so whatever! These are my berry balls.

Base Ingredients (for 18-24 balls, more or less depending on size)

  • 2 cups of soft dates, pitted. (If the dates are not soft, after you take the pits out, put them in a small bowl with hot water for about 10 minutes. Then drain).
  • 1 cup of almonds.
  • 1 cup of walnuts.
  • 1 cup of coconut flakes.
  • A pinch of salt.
  • Materials: a cooking dish/pan (I use a 20x30cm – 8×12 inch – pan), parchment paper.

Procedure

  1. Process all base ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor.
  2. Divide in halves into equal parts and set aside.

Raspberry Balls

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of raspberries > This is the wet ingredient.
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries.
  • 1/3 cup dried strawberries.
  • Raspberry powder (I make my own dehydrating fresh raspberries until I can grind them into powder).

Procedure

  1. Put one half of the base paste into a clean food processor.
  2. Add the wet ingredient and process. You will get a wet paste.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients except for the powder, and mix in well.
  4. With moist hands roll and shape into balls of your desired size.
  5. Put the balls in a pan lined with parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.
  6. Once cold, remove and roll into the powder.
  7. Store in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer.

 

Acai Berry Balls

Ingredients

  • ½ cup blackberries > This is the wet ingredient.
  • ½ cup of dried blueberries.
  • Acai powder.
  • Procedure
  1. Repeat steps 1 through 7 from the previous type of ball.

Enjoy!

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