These are an awesome hiking or road trip snack. Portable, delicious, nutrient dense, and also raw and vegan (you can replace the honey to make it truly vegan). These goji balls are also awesome for helping control sugar cravings, because the fiber and healthy fats stabilize blood sugar while cocoa and touch of honey still satisfies your sweet tooth! If you’d like to learn more about how to control your sugar cravings, read my article here.
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 2 hour chill time (fridge)
Makes: 15 balls
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup dates (medjool work best)
- 1/2 cup organic cocoa powder
- 1/2 cup dried goji berries
- 1/2 cup organic hemp seeds
- 1 cup shredded coconut
- 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
- 2 tbsp raw honey
Note: Cocoa is very important to buy organic as non-organic cocoa can be very high in fluoride
Process cashews and dates in a food processor until it turns into a paste. Roasted cashews don’t work as well because they are less sticky. Transfer paste into a large mixing bowl. Put coconut oil and honey into another smaller bowl and warm in the microwave for 30 seconds (or on the stove) until it is fully melted. While this is heating up, add the dried coconut, cocoa powder, and goji berries to the mixing bowl. I chopped my goji berried up a bit but you can leave them whole if you prefer. Transfer melted coconut oil and honey into mixing bowl. Everything should now be in the mixing bowl except for the hemp seeds. Mix everything in the bowl with a fork or your hands until thoroughly combined. This should make a fairly mold-able dough. Spread the hemp seeds onto a plate. Begin to form your dough into small bite-sized balls and then roll them in the hemp seeds until they are thoroughly coated. Pop in the fridge for at least 2 hours to harden them up a bit and they are good to go. They are also pretty easy to overeat (I speak from experience), so enjoy in moderation.
Nut-free Modification: If you cannot eat nuts, you can used raw sunflower seeds as a direct substitute for raw cashews.
I hope you enjoy!