What’s that you say? Not Paleo?
Neither am I.
I am interested in food though – all food – and especially healthy, tasty food. And I am interested in food trends even though I sometimes scoff at them. But when I was sitting in the dentist’s office and flipping through a magazine and saw these Paleo Balls – I just really liked the look and sound of them. So I made a quick note of the ingredients.
And then I forgot all about it.
Until recently, when I read that if you’re eating a wheat or gluten and/or dairy-free diet – Paleo options are a safe bet.
I’ve been trying to eliminate some of the wheat in my life because of migraine headaches. I’m really loathe to give wheat or gluten up altogether because I love bread and I don’t want to complicate my life with a restrictive diet if I don’t have to. I also love baking – and 99% of what I baked had wheat in it. But when I gave up wheat about four weeks ago – my migraines stopped instantly. I haven’t had a headache of any kind since. This is kind of a miracle for me.
I’ve been experimenting with lots of new things to replace wheat. And then I stumbled across the note about these Paleo Balls. Unfortunately, it has been a while and my notes were very incomplete, so I had to experiment. And I can’t even tell you the original source since I didn’t write it down. I expected to Google the recipe and find the source – but that did not happen. From now on I’ll use my phone camera. I’m learning….
So here’s my version. You can either make this Paleo or not – the Paleo version should have almond butter – but if you’re not Paleo – go ahead and use peanut butter if that’s easier. (Paleo diet does not allow legumes – and peanuts are of course, legumes.) Apparently though, the Paleo diet allows a little dark chocolate. SO I added dark chocolate chips to my version even though the original recipe didn’t have any. I’m not really clear if the actual chips I used are Paleo or not because that’s not important to me.
What is important is that these balls are really delicious. They’re easy to make – remarkably healthy – and filling. So many great ingredients packed into them. They would be really good for packed lunches. Equally good with tea mid-afternoon. Perfect for travelling. Gluten and dairy-free. And seriously yummy.
Paleo or not – these are well worth trying.
- 1/2 cup almond butter (can use peanut butter for non-paleo version)
- 1/2 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup ground almonds
- 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 1/4 sunflower seeds
- 2 tbsp liquid honey
- 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
- shredded coconut – amount will vary – see instructions
Mix all the ingredients together. If the batter is not stiff enough to roll into balls – add a tablespoon or two of coconut. Roll into balls about 1 inch (2.5cm) in diameter. They are better smaller rather than larger so don’t err on the size of being overly generous. Should make between 20 and 24 balls. Roll the balls in coconut. Bake at 350 degrees F for 3 minutes. Yes – 3 minutes. The coconut should be a little toasted. Remove from oven and let cool before serving or storing.