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Balls to that!

To all you gorgeous folk out there rolling your protein snacks into perfectly spherical bite size snacks – good on you. But honestly, I can be bothered! I just don't want to be standing in the kitchen any longer than needs be. It’s not that I don’t enjoy cooking, I do (although I don’t enjoy the endless mess I seem to make) I just don’t want to be in the kitchen any longer than absolutely possible, I want to be out enjoying the fruits of my labour (sometimes too many fruits – burp – I feel full, oh alright I’ll have just one more as they lure me with their sumptuous look).

It’s all, just well, I’m lazy! If there is an easier option to do something, I’m gunna give that a crack!

So to get to my point, for anyone else out there who can’t be bothered to roll perfect ball shape snacks (please tell me I’m not the only one – please?) there is a solution. Many recipes can be pressed into slice pan (check with your nan she probably has one) pop it in the fridge to firm up, pop it out cut it into square, triangles or any other shape that takes your fancy, and volar! Snack balls in a pan? Snack in a slice? Slice balls? Anyway you get my drift.

Below is a recipe I borrowed from One Fit Mother ( ) which I regularly make into a slice. Ok sometimes I make this? Ok, fine I’ve done it a couple of times, stop harassing me.

Raw Chocolate Almond Coconut Balls

2 cups raw almonds (grind in a food processor)

¼ cup raw cacao powder

½ tsp pink salt

1 Tbsp cinnamon

2 Tbsp coconut oil (liquid form)

2 tsp vanilla

¼ c Grade B maple syrup (grade B is darker, richer, more complex and contains more minerals)

Shredded coconut (to roll the balls in)

Mix the first 4 dry ingredients together in one bowl. Mix the wet ingredients together in a separate bowl. Combine the wet with the dry a little at a time and blend well. Form into balls and gently roll in shredded coconut. Place them flat on a dish, cover and put in the fridge. Take out when ready to serve.

However, something about best-laid plans, that when I started off on my cooking adventure I discovered that I didn’t have all the required ingredients, but it's ok I adapted to make.......

Almond Zen Bites

1 Cup raw almonds (grind in a food processor)

1 Cup raw macadamias

¼ cup raw cacao powder

2 Tbsp coconut oil (liquid form)

A few drops of doTERRA peppermint oil

¼ Cup maple syrup (grade B is darker, richer, more complex and contains more minerals)

Shredded coconut to sprinkle over the top.

Blitz up the nuts in the food processor until a crumbly texture.

Put all the other ingredients (except the shredded coconut) in the bowl and blitz again

Press the mix into you pre-prepared tin lined with baking paper.

Sprinkle coconut over the top and pop in the fridge to firm up.

When the slice is firm remove from pan and slice into bites size chunks – Enjoy!!!!

Keep refrigerated!

Happy snacking



Allison Faulkner is a qualified and accredited Naturopath, also holding qualifications in Nutritional Medicine.She runs a Naturopathy and Wellness clinic in Albion Park, NSW.

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