These vegan, gluten-free dessert balls are so delicious that you’ll want to eat them up immediately. Do it, because they are so easy to make that you can quickly and easily make more! We have to confess that when we developed these our first thought was “Unhh”. (Our second thought was of that classic SNL skit, with Alec Baldwin’s Pete Schweddy and his delicious Schweddy Balls.) They aren’t very pretty (although there are ways to make them prettier), and they don’t have many ingredients, and they are incredibly easy to make, so yeah, we were dubious. Until we bit into one (ok, we put the whole thing in our mouth). Whoaaaa! We immediately dubbed these “Amazeballs”.
Our Amazeballs had their genesis in Savanna Stanhope’s raw chocolate donut recipe, however the shape and size just didn’t work for us as a donut. Now mind you, we’re no strangers to raw food – as our Excalibur dehydrator, Samson Juicer, and Vitamix will attest. In fact, we even have our own raw food website which, even though it is sadly neglected, still has some great raw food recipes, like this one for raw chocolate oatmeal cookies.
In fact, it was our own experiences with raw food that led us to riff on Savanna’s recipe, and then turn it into balls – raw donuts just don’t work for us (although of course you are welcome to try her recipe for raw donuts here). But what does work for us is these Amazeballs.
They are so eye-rollingly good, especially if you let them sit for a day (or overnight if you make them in the evening) so that the flavors have a chance to blend together a bit, and so that the outside gets a little firmer. If you do that, then you have something that holds together when you pick it up, but that is so decadently soft and fudgey in the center that if your own eyes don’t roll with delight, well, fill in the blank. :~)
If you want to make them prettier, take a little more care than we do in terms of making the balls smoother, and then roll them in any of raw cacao, raw cacao with a little cinnamon mixed in, or vegan powdered sugar. Or, alternatively, you can pat them into a cookie, and top it with a whole almond, shredded coconut, or a sprinkling of raw cacao.
You can also replace half of the vanilla with a half-teaspoon of orange or almond extract, or even peppermint extract. Really, the sky’s the limit in terms of how you can customize and make these Amazeballs your own!
Here’s the primary recipe.
Fudgey Amazeballs – Vegan Gluten-Free Balls of Happiness
You will need a food processor to make your Amazeballs. You can also make them in a high-powered, high-speed blender, but we don’t recommend it for this particular recipe, because the blender may get bogged down, and also the ingredients just won’t blend as well. Also, in a food processor, you will know when it’s done because it will form a ball of dough that goes round and round the bowl of the food processor.
1/2 cup almonds or scant 1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 cup buckwheat (raw, not toasted)
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1/4 cup raw cacao
1 cup dates
1 teaspoon vanilla extract OR 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract and 1/2 teaspoon almond, orange, or peppermint extract
Remove any pits from the dates, and soak the dates in hot water while getting everything else ready and measured.
Measure all of the ingredients except the dates into the bowl of your food processor, and pulse, and then process, until everything is of a fine, uniform consistency.
Now drain the dates, and add them to the food processor, and continue to process until it comes together into a ball of dough.
Pinch off about a tablespoon of dough, and roll it between your palms into a ball and set it on a sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper, or a silicone sheet. (If you are going to roll them in something like cacao or powdered sugar, this is the time to do it, before setting them down.)
Again, you can take more care and make them look nicer than we did, if you like.
Alternatively, you can press them into cookies. To do this, you will want to tear off a small piece of waxed paper or parchment paper and press the balls into cookies with that, so that the dough doesn’t stick to your fingers when you press it down.
Again, if you are pressing them into cookies consider topping them with a whole almond or some shredded coconut.
Let your Amazeballs or Amazecookies set for a few hours, if you can! These things are so darned tasty, and the texture so nice and fudgey, that it may be difficult to wait!
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