You’ve heard of Christmas goodies called snowballs. Well, this is a healthier version and a little browner. Hubby thought I should call them Christmas Dirt, but I have decided Christmas Coal is more appropriate. But these are a far cry from Santa’s coal given to naughty girls and boys. These are healthy and for very good kiddos and grown-ups, too.
I didn’t keep track of specific measurements. It’s more a “wing it” kind of recipe. You can add ingredients in the proportions you like. The main thing is that the final mixture sticks together and tastes yummy!
In the food processor (Blender can work, but has a high irritation factor!), blend about a 1/2 cup of rolled oats to a fine meal.
I added to that hemp seed, walnuts, chia seed, flax seed, walnuts, dried white mulberries, a bit of vanilla, cinnamon, and candied ginger. Most of these (except the cinnamon and vanilla) are amounts of about a couple of tablespoons, but you can adjust quantities for taste. Pulse till it has a fairly even consistency.
Then I added in a heaping teaspoon of coconut oil and enough gooey Mejool dates to get a consistency that is easy to handle and sticky enough to hold together.
Form into small balls and set on a plate.
For my first batch, I processed coconut sugar and carob powered and rolled the balls in it. For the second batch, I added some chocolate chunks to the leftover carob mix and processed to a powdery consistency. My first mixture also did not have the ginger, vanilla, coconut oil, or the flax. You can really add and delete what you like!
Put on a plate and freeze for a couple of hours. When they are frozen, you can bag them, awaiting a plate for Christmas day–that is if you can stay out of them that long!
Serious guiltless yum factor!