I found this recipe online from the Complete Vegan Cookbook, they turned out great.
- Ready In:
- 1⁄2 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1 cup chopped dates
- 3⁄4 cup almond butter
- 1⁄4 cup raw sesame seeds
- 2 teaspoons orange zest
- 1⁄3 fresh squeezed orange juice
- Place 1/4 cup of the coconut on a plate and set aside.
- Place the rolled oats in a heavy bottomed skillet and toast for a few minutes, stirring constantly.
- When they begin to turn a darker shade of tan at the edges and emit a toasted aroma, transfer the oats to the bowl of a food processor.
- Process on high to pulverize them to a fine meal consistency.
- Add the remained 1/4 cup coconut and the dates and process to finely chop them, then add the almond butter, sesame seeds, and orange peel.
- Add the orange juice and process until things come together to form a homogeneous mass.
- Add a bit more orange juice, if needed, to get the right thickness and well blended consistency.
- Don't add too much juice; you want the mixture to be fairly dry, not moist and mushy.
- Use your hands to form the mixture into balls about 1 1/2-inch in diameter, then roll the balls in the reserved shredded coconut.
- Place on a plate and chill for an hour or so before serving.
- They're also good, though a bit gooey, when eaten at room temperature.
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These are great! I had a party last night and found out at the last minute that several of the guests have sworn off refined sugar, so I whipped these up and boy were they popular! They took no time to throw together, and I had kids and adults alike fighting over the last one :). I didn't have any dates so I used a combination of prunes and raisins. I also don't have a processor (sigh) so I used a coffee grinder for the oatmeal and a hand blender for the rest. I don't recommend it, but it is possible LOL! I cut the recipe to make 18 (shouldn't have!) and I got 21 good-sized snackers. Also, I forgot to split up the coconut and threw it all in with the mix, but that didn't seem to hurt anything. I tried to roll them in more coconut afterward but I had trouble getting it to stick. THanks so much for posting!
It is great indeed. Roasted fresh coconut as I was not sure what shredded coconut meant but did want to dry out the coconut a bit. Used butter with a few drops of almond essence (don't get almond butter). Needed just a few tsps of the orange juice though. Rolled the balls in dessicated coconut. Very nice. Got around 20 balls but my judgement for size is pretty bad. Thank you. :) Fay