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February 19th, 2016 | By Alicia Silverstone

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?

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