Are you ready for Christmas? I think I am… maybe. Miko is with his new reindeer toy.
Stuffing started coming out of his last toy and this little guy is heartbroken if he doesn’t have a favorite small toy to play with. So I caved and gave him one of his Christmas gifts early and he’s not letting it out of his sight.
And having a ball playing with it.
I decided to make more dessert balls using two new NuNaturals products – NuNaturals Pure Liquid Vanilla Stevia Alcohol Free and NuNaturals NuGrain Oat Fiber.
As NuNaturals claims about this vanilla stevia, it’s not simply vanilla flavored stevia, it’s a high quality vanilla extract sweetened with stevia and great for baking or simply adding a little vanilla flavor to coffee, smoothies, etc.
This oat fiber is a very new product for me to try, it’s a fine ground fiber from oat hulls that has no calories, but adds fiber when substituted for a few tablespoons of flour for baking. The texture and color look exactly like flour.
But I’m not really a baker, more of a raw dessert type of gal. So I added these products to a high raw vegan dessert ball recipe with a little holiday spice.
Holiday Spice Balls
- 3 cups of shelled hemp seeds
- 1/4 cup of oat fiber
- 1 cup of raisins
- 1 tsp. vanilla liquid stevia
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
Place hemp seeds, oat fiber, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt into a food processor and process until mixture is well blended and clumpy. Add stevia, maple syrup, and raisins into mixture while processing and process to a finely mixed gooey blob. Roll mixture into 1/2 – 1″ balls and freeze for 30 minutes before serving. Makes 20-40 balls and they’re great right out of the freezer
The oat fiber adds in like a flour and blended nicely into the mixture without clumping.
The balls have an interesting brownish color, but a wonderful gooey texture.
The flavor is sweet with a slight spiciness and warmth from the cinnamon and nutmeg. You could make a batch for a party or potluck. Or just for yourself to stash in the freezer for a quick treat.