I am a little obsessed with these raw balls, so much so, I even considered not sharing this recipe so I could keep these babies all to myself.
These caramel raw balls have lucuma powder in them, which along with the gooey madjool dates makes them extra caramelly. I also like to add maca powder to these and sometime protein powder which makes them a great recovery/post workout snack.
Lucuma and Maca are both from Peru.
Lucuma is a good source of plant-based calcium and iron - but I eat it mostly for its caramel flavour, it tastes great in a banana-date smoothie.
Maca is also a good source of calcium and iron, but also has many other health benefit claims. Maca is supposed to be great at increasing libido, balancing hormones - which could help with acne and mood swings. Just be careful as maca is best avoided if you have ever experienced a hormone related cancer, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
I like to include maca in these raw balls for its energy increasing benefits. If you experience low energy levels try adding a little maca to your smoothies, especially before or after a workout. Or just make these raw balls, you won't be disappointed!
Caramel Raw Balls
Ingredients (makes 12)
350g Madjool dates
200g Desiccated coconut
100g Coconut flour or almond meal
1/4 Cup of water
1. Simply add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend until the mixture starts to come together and for a big ball. You may need to add some more water depending on if you use the coconut flour or almond meal. Coconut flour is super absorbent so yo will need to add more water to get the mixture to ball.
2. Roll into balls and roll in some left over desiccated coconut (I ran out of coconut so I couldn't so this step).
Keep them in the fridge for as long as they last.