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.
- Process all base ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor.
- Divide in halves into equal parts and set aside.
- 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).
- Put one half of the base paste into a clean food processor.
- Add the wet ingredient and process. You will get a wet paste.
- Add the remaining ingredients except for the powder, and mix in well.
- With moist hands roll and shape into balls of your desired size.
- Put the balls in a pan lined with parchment paper and freeze for 30 minutes.
- Once cold, remove and roll into the powder.
- Store in an air tight container in the fridge or freezer.
Acai Berry Balls
- ½ cup blackberries > This is the wet ingredient.
- ½ cup of dried blueberries.
- Acai powder.
- Repeat steps 1 through 7 from the previous type of ball.