Zoom Zoom Zoom (Balls)

I’ve had a couple of requests for this recipe, so here you are:  Zoom balls are nut-butter-based snacks that are as indulgent as cookie dough and better for you (by my standards, anyway) than an energy bar.  These were created by Rosemary Gladstar, and you can find one of her variations here, on Herb Companion.  That recipe includes the zoom-inducing (and caffeinated) herb guarana, but for everyday treats and snacks, I’ve been making them like this:

In a large mixing bowl, combine 1 jar tahini with 1/2 jar almond butter.  Add in enough honey so that the mixture is a little sweeter than you’d like the final product to be.  Now, mix in several tablespoons cinnamon, a couple of tablespoons powdered ginger, and about one tablespoon cardamom.  Tweak the amounts of these warming spices to taste.  I like a strong cinnamon flavor with a little ginger bite.  If the mixture is still a little too sweet, I add in 1-2 tablespoons of unsweetened cocoa powder.  Once I’m satisfied with the flavor, I mix in plenty of marshmallow root powder, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl and then starts to thicken enough to hold its shape.  Then, I make roll balls of about 1/2″ diameter and roll each one in unsweetened shredded coconut

Stored in an airtight container in the fridge, they’ll keep for quite a while (though they always seem to get eaten pretty quickly!)  I’ve also had good luck freezing them.

As you can tell, this recipe is flexible.  If you want a really indulgent treat, try mixing in some mini chocolate bits with the spices, and then use cocoa powder to thicken instead of marshmallow root.

Enjoy!


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