Big UPs and Mad Props! Vegan Treats That Are Kick Ass Awesome!! (and gluten and sugar free…what the?!!?)

So since i can’t really eat anything “bad” right now what better time to think about it right??!?  The good news is some of this isn’t bad at all.

Chocolate Brownie (fudge) Balls! (Beware, there is a point in this recipe where i cannot control my immaturity, sorry).

Josie and i learned how to make these from Janice Skoreyko of the Raw Foundation Culinary Arts Institute. They are really healthy, hella yummy and SUPER EFFING EASY!  Also they are vegan, gluten free and sugar free, hooray!  The trick though is that after you make them only eat a bit and then put the rest in the freezer.  They get better and better every day they are in there and you can pop a few out and into your mouth any time you please.

You Need:

  • 1 1/2 cup walnuts
  • 14 medjool dates (pitted) – medjool’s are the nummiest, i haven’t tried other kinds of dates.  That’s why i’m still single! Budumching.
  • 1/2 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp vanilla bean powder
  • pinch of salt

What You Do:

  • Blend the walnuts in the food processor until they are fine.
  • Add everything else and blend until it turns into a lump of dough.
  • Scoop out small amounts and form into balls.
  • You can leave them plain or roll them in something like cacao nibs, coconut, crushed walnuts, salt (you know, for chocolate salty balls).

Things to note:

  • When Josie makes these her dough magically forms into a ball in the processor when it’s done, mine does not. I have no idea why and both are great.
  • Check it a few times while it’s processing to see if it’s done.  If you leave it too long it get’s steamy and hot.  Hot balls.  Ok, moving on…to oil (this is not going to be good)…
  • Yes, your balls will be oily (oh man).  It’s the walnuts.  I like to pat my balls (this is just so hard)…with paper towel (only if you bought it by accident, other than that you shouldn’t have paper towel) or a coffee filter before freezing.

Phew, kind of got through that!  Now read the rest of this post and then you can run out to get the stuff to make these!


Stole the pic from The Voracious Vegan, as the one i took was baaaaaad.

I originally found this recipe at Choosing Raw under the title “This Post Will Change Your Life”.  Has raw banana ice cream changed my life?  I’d say so.  Not in the way other major events change your life….but whatever.  I had some just last night!  It’s the easiest dessert on the planet.

Take 2 or more FROZEN (they have to be really frozen, don’t cheat or it wont work!) chopped banana’s and put in your food processor.  Turn your food processor on.  Wait a few minutes.  Done.  Seriously, that’s it.  You can then top your ice cream with agave and cacao powder icing if you want,  it’s lovely.  Next time i am going to experiment with adding some PB and cacao in the processor…mmmmmm.

I started this post yesterday and this was kind of all i had, which bugged me because i like things to be in 3’s, or a minimum of 3…weird?  Perhaps.  Any way, good thing i didn’t finish (stupid job got in the way) because i went to the West End Farmers Market today on a tip from Jenn that there was a vegan baker there who had gluten and sugar free treats!  Whoo hooo hoooo!

I ♥ edible flours tagline: "Treat yourself or someone you love of even someone you just like a lot"

edible flours

Ok…WOW.  I had the banana loaf and a lemon cookie.  I would have taken a picture had i not scarfed them BOTH down so fast.  Yum!  edible flours (they hate capitalizing just like me!) has a pick up and a delivery service as well!!  And a free delivery day!!!  They rock.  And for that they are the proud (or they would be proud if they had any idea) recipients of the KICK ASS AWARD!

So sometimes it sucks to be limited by your diet, but then again, peeps who can eat whatever they want don’t get nearly as excited when they find something they can eat, because they can eat anything. Comma Comma Comma Comma Commacameleon.  Sorry, i’m hopped up on no sugar.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Jenn
    Aug 08, 2010 @ 13:48:07

    edible flours rocked! I opted for two items that contained sugar – but were vegan which is raqd. I had a chocolate vanilla mini cupcake and a blueberry nutmeg muffin. Both delish:)


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