BALLS!

5 Apr

Tonight, I am going to a dinner party.

An epic dinner party.

Where all the food will be shaped like balls.

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My derby team, the Venus Fly Tramps,  likes to throw theme parties.  Each holiday season, we host the epic, Trampmas:

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We’ve also hosted such events as: Cinco De Trampo, Tramp Camp, and so on.  Joy Collision, in a bootcamp that I attended, said that the key to a strong team is “shared biological events” like travelling, sleeping, and eating.  Tramps got that shiz covered.

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Our dinner parties are traditionally ridiculous orgies of *mostly* healthy food.

As such, I wanted to share some of the balls that I’ve concocted for the evening.  Healthy ball bites are easy, often delicious, and good when you’re on the go but still want to eat like a champ.

For the nut-lovers:  Peanut Butter Raisin Balls

  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (or almond butter) (I used smooth pb)
  • 1/2 c. rolled or quick oats
  • 2-3 Tbsp honey (I mostly just put in honey to taste)
  • 1/2 c. raisins (plus extra raisins for raisin-y goodness)

Mix by hand at room temperature.  Ball up.  Freeze or refrigerate at least one hour prior to serving.

For the choco-ladies: Brownie Balls (Slim’s contribution, since he is on a date kick these days).  These can be found on pretty much any paleo recipe site named “Paleo Brownie Bites” or “Fudge Babies”.

  • 1-1/3 cup pitted dates
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup raw pecans/almonds/cashews/walnuts
  • Chopped almonds, for rolling in (the balls, not you)
  • Flaked sea salt, for topping

Process your nuts first, so that they are chunky and small, but not dust.  Put everything excluding nuts in food processor.  Mix nuts in by hand.  Ball up.  Roll in delicious topping.  Freeze or refrigerate at least one hour prior to serving.

Basically, you can make these taste like whatever you want: Take dates – add vanilla – add a flavour: cocoa, mint extract, almond extract, etc. – add chopped up nuts (and raisins, craberries, cacao nibs, etc) – ball up – roll in something: nuts, coconut, sea salt, more chocolate.  Endless possibilities!

and my last ball: Thanksgiving Balls (so named because they taste like pumpkin and I am thankful they turned out so awesome).  I found this recipe here.

  • 1 banana, mashed
  • 1/2 c. canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 c. quick oats
  • honey to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • dash ground ginger
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries or raisins (or both!)

Mix together by hand.  Ball up.  Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes.

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So, there.  I’ve shown you my balls (recipes).   Are there any balls that you are particularly fond of?  Share recipes here!

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