I love the taste of oranges, and wanted to make an orange flavored snack with a Lara Bar (soft/chewy) kind of texture. I came up with these blood orange coconut balls! They have an orange/vanilla (creamsicle) taste. I found them sweet and satiating. The kids really enjoyed them as well!
zest and juice from 1 blood orange (finely dice the zest) My boys always ask me to get blood oranges (probably because of the word “blood”). I’m sure any kind of orange would taste great.
1 cup of walnuts (macadamia nuts or cashews would work as well)
3-5 medjool dates (depending on your preference for sweetness)
1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut, plus extra for rolling the balls in
1 tsp bourbon vanilla
1/2 tsp orange oil (optional-the zest and juice gave a nice orange flavor-the oil intensified the flavor)
1 TBS coconut flour
2 TBS coconut oil
pulse the walnuts in a food processor for about 30 seconds-add the rest of the ingredients and pulse until it forms one large ball.
roll into small balls (1 1/2 inch-ish)
roll balls in unsweetened shredded coconut
*refrigerate for a firmer texture-store in airtight container in the refrigerator
What is the difference between medjool dates and regular ole dates?
medjool dates are larger and sweeter…
I just knew there was a reason (other than the blood orange Bloody Mary kick I’ve been on) I bought more blood oranges today! These sound fantastic, and I can’t wait to try them. Thanks!!
How long do these store well in the fridge for? It would be nice to have as a snack:-)
I think they’d last pretty long…I’d say a week or two if airtight.
What a good idea!! I love larabars! A dreamsicle version sounds amazing. Can’t wait to try it!
just made this with twice amount of pecans and also added the actual orange pulp and more orange juice ans sprinkled with coconut sugar my ninja gave out while trying to pulse everything :(…so the dates didn’t get added.
oh no!!! That really stinks 🙁