Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Raw Snowballs

Raw Snowball Cookies
I am getting excited to make our raw Christmas cookies this year! I had to make a small batch early because last night we had our homeschool group's Christmas Pageant and reception. Each family brings a platter of cookies or some type of finger food. My intention was to bring the raw cookies and a platter of Raw Pesto Zucchini Rounds but I only had the energy and the time to prepare these delightful Snowballs and a platter of gluten free/dairy free cookies for the kids. They of course gobbled up my raw Snowballs but also enjoyed their GF/DF cookies too.
I was searching the web the other night for raw cookie recipes and found several. One that caught my eye was on rawfoodnation.org for Raw Carob Balls. Of course I had to play around and tweak their recipe and this is the one I came up with:

Raw Snowballs
1 C raw sunflower seeds, soaked and air dried
handful of apple juice sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 C dates, pitted
1 T raw honey, softened
1 tsp vanilla extract, alcohol free
3 tsp carob powder
pinch of sea salt
1/2 C raw almond butter(add in more if needed)
1/2 C raw macadamia butter
Organic dried coconut (to roll cookie balls in)
Directions: Soak the raw sunflower seeds for 2 hours, rinse and drain then allow to air dry. Place seeds, dates and cranberries in food processor and pulse until chopped into very small pieces. Add the nut butters, vanilla, sea salt, honey and carob powder. Process until a sticky dough forms. If needed add more nut butter for proper consistency. Test the dough by pinching together a small spoonful, if it holds together nicely it is ready. Roll the dough into small balls about 1/2 inch or slightly larger. Using a clean coffee grinder, grind the coconut into a fine powder and place on a paper plate. Roll each cookie ball in the coconut until coated nicely. Place balls onto a cookie sheet or plate lined with parchment paper. Allow Snowballs to get firm in the refrigerator overnight.  Store Snowballs in the refrigerator or freeze to store longer. Enjoy!
+JMJ+ Today I am grateful that my husband and daughter have returned safely home from their trip up north. They had a delay due to the windy and snowy weather because the plane was having trouble taking off. I am so thankful that they had a nice trip and returned home safely. I can be quite the worry wart when it comes to air travel. :0