This is a delicious 3-ingredient recipe inspired by Fremantle’s The Raw Kitchen [once again!] and it takes less than a minute to make in a Thermomix!
Well, it does take a few extra minutes to roll the mixture, but 1 minute of prep time is nothing to sneeze at. If you have littlies, it also happens to be fun and easy for toddlers to roll and eat.
Did I mention it’s also healthy? I probably should, so here’s a quick treatise on the benefits of each of the ingredients. [Sources, all accessed 3 September 2010: Organic Cashew Nuts; Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific); Coconut Research Center; Really Raw Honey; AvianWeb.]
Raw cashews. Cashews are a great source of B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, manganese, copper, selenium, zinc, iron, chromium, monounsaturated fats, antioxidants, dietary fibre. This means they are good for your heart, skin and hair, teeth and bones, muscles, brain and immunity.
Raw coconut. What does coconut not do? It is an effective antifungal and antibacterial agent used in traditional medicine to treat a litany of illnesses, including asthma, bowel problems, liver disease, kidney stones, skin problems and typhoid.
In spite of being high in saturated fat, coconut is effective in treating obesity and weight issues by increasing the metabolic rate – so you don’t have to suffer a guilt trip every time you eat it. It really is amazing stuff.
Raw honey. Raw is the only way to reap the health benefits of honey. Processed honey is pasteurised (super-heated), which kills off most of the goodness. To borrow a line from Natural Health Ezine:
Raw honey contains 27 minerals, 22 amino acids and 5,000 live enzymes. It keeps you healthy by fighting disease and boosting the digestive system.
It is antibacterial, antimicrobial and antifungal, and even purported to have anticancer properties. Honey is also a humectant, which means that it attracts water. This makes it ideal for topical application to the skin for burns, ulcers and dryness.
Recipe #108: Smoodgy coconut balls. Makes 16+. I recommend using a food processor or Thermomix to make these.
You will need:
► 280g raw cashews [or cashew pieces]
► 280g raw coconut, dessicated
► 190g raw honey
Start by grinding the cashews into meal > this takes up to 15 seconds in the TM on speed 7.
Next, add the coconut to the cashew meal in the processor/TM and grind together (in the TM, this is will take up to 10 seconds) and check the result. If you think it could be finer, pulse the mixture a few times and check again.
Finally, add the honey to the processor/TM and mix (TM: speed 5 for up to 30 seconds). And voila – you have a white version of the pastry mixture from my pretty little raw petit fours!
Take heaped teaspoonfuls of mixture and form into balls. I roll these around on the chopping board to make them extra smooth. From here, you can either serve the slightly squishy balls immediately, or you can chill them for an hour.
I like to eat mine chilled, then in slices; it makes me feel just a little more dainty and ladylike.
I think that next time I will roll these in some black sesame seeds for a cool black-and-white effect.