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Paleo Brownie Balls Snack - Recipe

  • A grain-free snack suitable for a Raw Food and Paleo diet (see below).
  • No cooking or baking required.
  • Sweetened with juicy Medjool dates and Maple Syrup.
  • Makes 12-13 snack-sized balls.

Ingredients

  Sesame Seeds Whole, Organic 1kg (Sussex Wholefoods)
60g Unhulled Sesame Seeds

  Black Sesame Seeds 100g (Hampshire Foods)
60g Black Sesame Seeds

  Pecan Pieces, Organic 1kg (Sussex Wholefoods)
80g Pecan Nuts

  Organic Medjool Dates 500g (Sussex Wholefoods)
120g Medjool Dates, remove stones first!

  Ground Almonds, Organic 1kg (Sussex Wholefoods)
40g of Ground Almonds

  Cacao Powder, Raw Organic 1kg (Sussex Wholefoods)
4-5 Tbsp of Cacao Powder

  Lucuma Powder, Organic 100g (Superfoodies)
1 Tbsp Lucuma Powder

  Organic Maple Syrup 250ml (Meridian)
2-3 Tbsp of Maple Syrup according to taste

  Almond Butter 1kg (Meridian)
1-2 Tbsp of Unblanched Almond Butter

Method

  1. Remove the stones from the dates.
  2. Use a blender to blend the dates, the pecan nuts and half of the maple syrup together. If your blender is not powerful enough, chop the dates and pecans finely and work into a paste using a blender, coffee grinder or similar implement.
  3. Knead in the almond butter, cacao powder, lucuma, ground almonds, sesame seeds and the rest of the maple syrup by hand.
  4. Tip: if you are finding it hard to bring the mixture together, add a little coconut oil, orange juice or extra maple syrup to add moisture.
  5. Roll into balls about 4cm across.
  6. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.

About the Paleo Diet

The Paleo Diet is a way of thinking about food based on what our pre-civilisation ancestors may have eaten. It takes its cues from the hunter-gatherer lifestyle and hence incorporates nuts, seeds and fruit rather than grains or refined foods. The Paleo Diet is thus quite high in protein, fibre and essential nutrients, and low in refined carbohydrates - making it simply a sensible way of eating. It's a contrast from crash-diets such as Atkins or Dukan, which are a bit extreme. Atkins and Dukan diets restrict you from eating fruit and vegetables, which we think is terrible!

There is no strict definition of the Paleo Diet, and indeed we don't advocate too much rigidity - instead preferring that people eat a varied diet. One variant of the Paleo Diet is the Primal Diet, which allows a little rule-bending to allow things like cheese. In general, most of your favourite recipes can be re-worked to be Paleo or Primal, and hence we call this diet the "Delicious Diet"!



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