I created these fat balls after being inspired by the lovely Lee Tilghman of @leefromamerica – she put coconut fat balls on THE MAP! I recreated her recipe below – the only adjustments I made were with the nuts because I only had certain ones in my pantry. If you would like to make her famous fat balls, go to her recipe here.
I will say that the biggest reason why I love this recipe is because I know what everything that went into it: real, whole foods that are going to fuel me up and leave me feeling good about myself! And isn’t that all we can ask from our food anyway? Honestly, I usually buy several protein snack bars at the store as a time saver, but this recipe didn’t take anymore time than it does for me to pull into the store, shop, & drive home.
Back to my main motivation of eating real and whole foods in something that I made. My path to balanced eating and living is a long one that started full of self-doubt, self-harm, and an inability to have a healthy relationship with food. I’m no longer bound by food shaming but instead I’m fueled by a love of food and a curiosity to learn more about how G O O D it is for my soul.
Hopefully you find this recipe as inspirational as I have! My hope is that you leave knowing you made something so good for you because you value who you are. Invest in your health and invest in yourself!
Now for the main attraction…time to start rolling!
Yield 8 balls
- 1 C coconut meat (I used these Trader Joe's frozen coconut chunks; I just thawed them overnight in my fridge)
- 1/4 C of melted coconut oil
- 1/2 C of coconut butter (I use this type of coconut butter; if yours is too hard, go ahead and melt some in the microwave)
- 1/4 C of pepitas
- 1/4 C of walnuts
- 1/2 C of cashews
- 3 pitted dates
- LOTS of cinnamon (if you like the flavor)
- Using a food processor, blend all things coconut & the cinnamon first! I found that blending in batches is best so that your processor doesn't overheat and can actually blend everything together.
- Next, add in one nut family at a time. A note on the nuts: I used what I had available in my pantry. Use whatever ones you like!
- Finally add in the dates. I personally didn't try this but I think you could soak the dates in some water first so that they're softer and may blend easier.
- The consistency shouldn't be much of a liquid but more paste-like so that they roll up in balls.
- You can use an ice-cream scooper or a large spoon to scoop the batter. Then form into balls in between your hands! I place mine on a baking sheet but you could use a plate too (that might be easier to fit into your freezer).
- Once everything is rolled, place into your freezer! Let sit for at least 30-45 minutes until hardened. Then time to eat!
I've been eating them before or after workouts, or as a midday snack. I leave them in my freezer and they hold up well! I don't like them to be frozen because then they're hard for me to bite into.
I hope you enjoy! Let me know if you make them and what sort of changes you made to yours 🙂