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Making Raw Balls with Bear

I recently made the Raw Balls recipe from The Kind Diet with Bear. It was so fun, simple, and sweet! Bear loved standing on his stool and helping me with all the steps. For the sweetener we used mostly brown rice syrup with a little bit of maple syrup to make it less buzzy. They were delicious! If your looking to make an easy and healthy recipe with your little one, this is a good one!

These balls work great as a snack or dessert. Eat them straight out of the freezer!

Makes 10 to 12 Balls


  • 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • scant 1/2 cup raw carob powder
  • scant 1/2 cup maple syrup (or can substitute with brown rice syrup)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 2 cups shredded unsweetened coconut


Place the walnuts in a food processor and process until coarsely ground. Add the dates, and pulse until well combined with the nuts.  Add the carob powder, syrup, almond butter, vanilla extract, and salt. Process until the mixture is thick and smooth. Add the almonds, and pulse a few times  until combined; you want them to remaining crunchy chunks.

Form the mixture into golf-ball-size balls with your hands. Roll the balls in coconut. Place in a sealed containers in the freezer until hardened.

Do you like to cook with your little one? What other yum and easy recipes do you enjoy making together?


  • BC

    I love making treats like these! I made some recently that were just dates and cocoa powder – so delicious!

  • alistaircrane

    I love this recipe! I find it nearly impossible to get carob powder near me, so I use cocoa powder. I normally hate dates but they’re great when ground up into a recipe.
    I don’t have a food processor, so I made this recipe with a blender, which was hard on the motor. So I suppose I should invest in a good FP!

  • Joy

    These sound delicious! Do you think raw cacao powder could be substituted for the carob powder?

    • TheKindLife

      Yes definitely!

  • Beth Rapp

    Alicia, I make these with my little guy all the time! I attached a pic of Owen rolling the balls! He requests them and loves helping me measure everything. I’m pretty sure these raw balls of yours are his favorite food! 😉 We love Carob because it’s caffeine free and we love your kind diet book! Xoxo

    • TheKindLife

      Thanks Beth!! Such a great pic.

  • Michelle K.

    We have, for years now, been making the pumpkin bread from the kind diet. My latest version of it is that I cut the recipe in 1/2 to fill 12 muffin tins. For the flour measurement I use 1 cup spelt and 1/2 cup quinoa flours. I use 1/4 cup maple syrup instead of sugar, and I puree 1 cup cooked quinoa with just enough coconut milk to cover it in the blender so that it comes out like a pudding. I add that to the wet ingredients. I cannot tell you how moist and delicious the muffins come out!