paleo snack balls

Paleo Snack Balls – Naturally Gluten Free!


I love finding Paleo friendly snacks – and you can find them in all shapes and sizes in most supermarkets, if not certainly in lots of independents across the UK. I’ve had a crack at making my own Nakd bars in the past, which ended up in as a pudding in a cup! It tasted great but wasn’t quite what I was aiming for.

Whilst I was recently making a Paleo banoffee pie (Recipe here – make it Paleo by switching the peanut butter for almond butter) I had some of the base mixture left over, I’d smushed enough into the pie dish and there was simply no more room, so I grabbed some of the mixture and rolled it into a ball. I gave it to my taste tester who looked at it with his usual, “what is that?!” guise. “Eat this for me?” I asked, he ate it and smiled, then said “mmmmmm, what is it” *insert, is there more face*. What a fabulous little snack that could be, as well as a gorgeous base for the Paleo pie I mentioned above. 

Making Paleo snack balls

All you need is:
  • 1 cup of Almonds
  • 3/4 cup of cashews
  • 1/4 cup of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of cacao nibs
  • 1.5 cups of pitted dates
  • 1 amazing food processor*
If you want to measure in grams, use this useful tool – essentially you could just use the above as a guide and make as many snack balls as you wish. (200g of almonds would mean 300g of dates etc)
 
*The reason you need an “amazing” food processor? As my friend Blake puts it – “I went through 2 blenders making the base for that pie!!” So if you have a good one, you’ll be fine. If you’re worried you don’t, here’s a few tips:
  1. Soak the almonds over night in water
  2. Soak the dates for 2 hours prior to blending in warm water
  3. After straining both of these, you could also chop them into smaller pieces before whizzing. 

The next step is to whiz – and whiz well!

I can’t say how long to whiz for as it depends on your blender. Ideally you want the bits to be about 1/4 – 1/2 cm big. If you prefer, make them a little smaller and finer. 
 
Once the Paleo snack ball mixture is ready, transfer it from the food processor to a large bowl. The larger the better as the next step is the messy part!
paleo snack balls
Just like when making meat balls, you should have moist hands – place a clean bowl of water next to you so you can dip in and out, but they should only be moist, and not wet.  
 

Now time for shaping

Grab a handful of the mixture and start to mould into a sphere – these don’t have to be a perfect spherical masterpiece – just a ball shape will do.
Have some grease proof paper, or a clean chopping board read to sit them on. 
paleo snack balls
If you like, you could roll them in flaked coconut, or even coat them in melted raw chocolate! I love Conscious Chocolate – it’s not only dairy free but also soy free, which is so often hard to find, making it perfectly Paleo and genuinely quite delicious. They also claim that their products are made from ethically sourced ingredients, which is a nice feeling.
 
I recommend their cheeky cherry flavour for general nibbling but to coat these Paleo snack balls, try their 85% Dark chocolate – if you can’t find them in a shop near you they do sell only via Amazon, here.
 
Not only are these Paleo snacks awesome for everyday consumption, they make a nifty little gift. 
paleo snack balls

These Paleo snacks are clean, uncomplicated and filling, with no nasties added they are naturally: 

  • Gluten free
  • Dairy free
  • Soy free
  • Free from added sugar (just naturally occurring sugar in the dates) 

Enjoy!

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