Recipe: Raw Energy Balls (coconut, carob)

Today Jill and I went to another demo at our Whole Foods. Catra (our fitness instructor and a raw foodist) did a short presentation on the raw foods diet and gave out samples of 2 raw food recipes. First was Catra’s…

Raw Energy Balls

 Recipe: Raw Energy Balls (coconut, carob)

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup carob powder
  • 3 cups shredded unsweetened raw coconut
  • 3/4 cup coconut butter/oil
  • 1/2 cup raw agave nectar

Directions

Mush everything together by hand. Shape into balls and freeze before eating.

Substitution ideas (not all raw)

  • honey or maple syrup in place of agave
  • oatmeal in place of some shredded coconut
  • nut butter in place of coconut butter/oil
  • cut down on oil; add more sweetener
  • replace half the oil with a super-ripe mashed banana
  • cocoa powder in place of carob powder
  • ground flax in place of some shredded coconut

These were good, but a little bit too heavy for me. I find that many raw food desserts do not sit well with my temperamental stomach. The recipes with a lot of oil or sweet ingredients are especially tough for me to eat. These were really delicious though, and I would make them with a few modifications. I would cut down on the oil and Jill suggested maybe subbing some of the coconut for oatmeal (like no-bake cookies).

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I watched The Biggest Loser last night. I’ve been enjoying this season (“Second Chances”) mainly due to the fact that Jillian is digging up the contestants’ issues and forcing them (the contestants) to deal with the issues head on instead of hiding them as the contestants get healthy. The theme with all of the contestants is self-forgiveness. We can all relate to this on some level; I certainly have (more than) one experience in my life that I just can’t seem to let go of. Watching the contestants grow and change and evolve into these new and inspiring people is motivating. I suppose that’s why the show is so popular.

While I’m on the topic of growth and change, I wanted to say again how excited I am to be moving (to New York) in less than 2 short weeks. Thank you for your ideas and positive comments. I can’t wait to begin this next phase of my life. It’s bittersweet to be packing up my things and making preparations to move back “home”. I will certainly miss some of the people I’ve met here and I’ll always remember the fun times I had in California. Now I think it’s time to let it go and move on.

My high school reunion (5 years) is at the end of November. I’m going to go since I’ll be back in the area. Did you go to your high school reunion?

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20 Comments on Recipe: Raw Energy Balls (coconut, carob)

  1. Sarah @ The Foodie Diaries
    28 October, 2009 at 6:36 pm (4 years ago)

    My 5 year is coming up, too, I guess! Weird–haven;t thought of that!

    To where in NY are you moving?? That’s so exciting!

  2. Amber
    28 October, 2009 at 8:25 pm (4 years ago)

    gosh I have wanted to try these forever! I need to make them. I went to my five year it was casual and kinda lame. I saw a few people I had lost touch with but besides that everyone just seemed liked they wanted to get drunk…

  3. sophia
    28 October, 2009 at 9:01 pm (4 years ago)

    Let’s hope I’ll be able to go to my high school reunion. I graduated looking kind of sick, so would love to show a healthier self!
    I’m not a big fan of those raw desserts…they sound and look amazing, but I think, like you said, that they are too heavy and I feel bloated!

  4. clare
    28 October, 2009 at 9:06 pm (4 years ago)

    maggie interesting that you posted on forgiveness today, i also posted about forgiveness! i’ve never seen this show, but im glad they are focusing on a positive thing like self forgiveness.

    my 10 year reunion was this year, and although i am 5 minutes away from the venue, i didn’t go. just don’t care i guess.

  5. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga)
    28 October, 2009 at 11:11 pm (4 years ago)

    I recently made something I called Chocolate Coconut Snowballs and blogged about it. Your teacher’s ingredients are similar to mine but I used proportionate to my recipe, about 40-50% less oil than she did. I never ever use more than 1/2 c of coconut oil in a recipe. And usually 1/4 c. Anything more than that and it’s just too rich and I like rich. But all that grease doesnt digest well for anyone I dont think.

  6. VeggieGirl
    29 October, 2009 at 2:03 am (4 years ago)

    I graduated in 2006, so I don’t want to go to my reunions until at least the tenth anniversary – it’ll be more fun that way to taunt people, muahahaha ;)

  7. Tina
    29 October, 2009 at 3:50 am (4 years ago)

    I’m still in high school! Haha, but I do plan on going, when we finally have that reunion. I’d really want to see what’s happened to all my classmates!

    (I’ll be replying to your email soon – I’m so busy campaigning for votes now :O… have you voted yet by any chance? http://terrablt.com/the-win-win-giveaway/ sorry to spam you like this, but I only have until tomorrow!)

    xxx
    Tina

  8. Michal
    29 October, 2009 at 3:59 am (4 years ago)

    mmm those look delicious. im actually still in high school so no reunion yet for me. give me a couple years though hehe!

  9. SnackSnoop
    29 October, 2009 at 5:38 am (4 years ago)

    I didn’t attend either my 10th or 20th. I hate those types of things. Is it easy to find agave nectar? Thanks!
    Lisa

  10. Pam
    29 October, 2009 at 6:02 am (4 years ago)

    I love raw food treats…I make them all the time! Enjoyed the post!

    Enjoy!

  11. Whitney @ Lettuce Love
    29 October, 2009 at 6:30 am (4 years ago)

    I graduated in ’04 so I guess I have hit the 5 yr mark. Weird. SO much has changed. I doubt that I will go to the 10 yr reunion, we didn’t have one at 5 years.

  12. natalie
    29 October, 2009 at 7:36 am (4 years ago)

    I have not been to a reunion yet because it will not be for another 2 years. I do plan on going. our school didn’t do a 5 year. i really love your blog! so great!

  13. Jil
    29 October, 2009 at 8:57 am (4 years ago)

    oh those sound so good! all of your substitutions sound awesome, too!

  14. Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter)
    29 October, 2009 at 6:24 pm (4 years ago)

    I went to my high-school reunion a couple of weeks ago. My class was small – only 70+ people, and not many came to the reunion. It was just kind of odd, but good to see those who came.

    Your list of substitutions was cracking me up. I think you should have just posted your own recipe – Maggie’s balls. Raw desserts are heavy, and that’s why I don’t make them very often anymore. Love them, but my belly is much happier with a simple bowl of oats. :)

    I have never watched the Biggest Loser. Crazy, huh?

  15. Jess
    29 October, 2009 at 6:56 pm (4 years ago)

    Neat raw dessert! Sorry about your tummy troubles. I hate it when my stomach gets like that!
    Enjoy the reunion!
    <3 jess
    xoxo

  16. Pure2Raw Twins
    29 October, 2009 at 7:30 pm (4 years ago)

    No we did not go to our high school reunion. Thought about it, but it happened that we were out of town anyways.

  17. Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15)
    29 October, 2009 at 10:04 pm (4 years ago)

    I’ve been meaning to try making a raw dessert. I think I’ll try this one!

    This season of BL has so many drama lamas…Tracy is craaaaazy. I love Dan though!

  18. Cindy
    30 October, 2009 at 11:01 am (4 years ago)

    mmm haystacks look good!

    reunion? just once and it was as depressing as High School was
    done !

    hope you have fun at yours!

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