Coconut Almond No-Bake Balls

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Sometimes a gal needs a snack.  Okay, let me rephrase that.  Sometimes, a girl needs a snack but wants a cookie.  You may or may not be speaking to a recovering cookieholic here.  I actually got warned about my cookie consumption while I was pregnant with my daughter.  Cashier to the woman over 40 weeks pregnant: “You’re not actually eating ALL of these are you?”  Me, in an embarrassed attempt to to blame my husband for more than two cookies: “Of course not!  We share this bag of 18 cookies…really.”  If you’ve never tried the Albertson’s cookies from the bakery…don’t do it, because they are loaded with refined sugar and flour and who knows what all else.  But I mean if you HAD to.  I would understand. On to the reason for this post!

When I started the candida diet, which cuts out sugar completely (including fruit), I was understandably mortified.  I understood the whole concept about my sugar cravings being due to the hyped up bacteria in my gut, however…I needed options.  I researched a whole bunch of recipes.  I have actually found quite a few wonderful recipes, but these little babies are always in my fridge.  Seriously.  I’m going to be housesitting starting tomorrow, so I made up a fresh batch of these to take with me, because we don’t want to know what would happen if I did not have them.

They are filled with healthy fats and will tide you over between meals if you need a snack.  They also satisfy the craving I have for something sweet at the end of my day.  They are made with Stevia, which some people are not a huge fan of.  If you are leery of the Stevia, just know that it is absolutely amazing for people on a candida diet, and you do not have to use it in this recipe.  Try subbing a couple tablespoons of honey or perhaps coconut sugar.  You can customize your sweetener if you so desire.

Here is the link to the original recipe, from The Candida Diet website.

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Ingredients:
1 cup unsweetened almond butter
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup shredded unsweetened coconut flakes, plus extra to roll in
4 tbsp. coconut oil
4 tbsp. coconut milk
2-3 scoopers full of Trader Joe’s Organic Stevia Extract*

Instructions:
Combine ingredients in food processor and process until well blended.
Using hands, roll into bite-sized pieces.
Roll balls on a plate of shredded coconut until coated.
Refrigerate minimum 1 to 2 hours.  They are best when chilled through after several hours.

*Be very conscientious when choosing your Stevia.  Many of the store brand packets or brands have extreme chemical processing and icky things you do not want to be eating.  This is the brand we use.  This teeny bottle comes with a microscopic scooper, and packs a powerful punch for a tiny amount of product, so it lasts forever.

*** If you are wondering what the powdery brown substance is in my food processor picture, it is an amazing herbal supplement for energy, balancing blood sugar, and warding off sugar cravings.  I’d be happy to share more with you if you leave me a comment, send me an e-mail, or connect with me on Facebook.

The original recipe states that you set aside some of the shredded coconut for rolling, and use 1 “packet” of Stevia, so those deviations from the original recipe are my own.  I’m plenty generous with the coconut, because hey, why not?  And I prefer this Stevia to any other.

I have also had recommended variations to this recipe including: cocoa almond butter (yesss, it sounds so good, but chocolate is not recommended for us candida people of course), chocolate chips, varying the type of nut butter used, dried fruit, etc.  Feel free to make them your own.

I hope this really helps anybody out there looking for a healthy and delicious snack.  If you make them, please tell me how you liked them.

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