Butter Tart Energy Balls (paleo, vegan, AIP, SCD)
Butter tarts are one of my favorite treats that my grandmother makes when we go to British Columbia to visit. They are also my dad's favorite so there are always a lot of them! They are a traditional Canadian dessert with a flaky crust, luscious buttery filling and raisins. I wanted to recreate that gooey, rich treat without the gluten, eggs and dairy. Obviously, these little balls aren't the same as sinking your teeth into a piece of pie, but they fulfill the same craving for something sweet and rich and they have lots of health benefits!
Medjool dates are packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber. They can also lower triglyceride levels and cholesterol, relieve and prevent constipation, boost energy and provide nutrients vital to bone health. For more info on Medjool dates, this is a great article by Dr. Axe.
Coconut has a million health benefits! Just to name a few, it helps with weight loss, lowers bad cholesterol, improves brain health and can boost your metabolism.
Raisins are also a nutritional powerhouse. They are high in vitamins and minerals, assist digestion, help lower blood pressure and are a good source of antioxidants that aid in cancer prevention. You can read more on raisins here! Or you can take my word for it and just make the Butter Tart Energy Balls:) They are a perfect remedy for a mid-afternoon slump!
Butter Tart Energy Balls
1 lb of Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 tsp of sea salt
1/2 cup of coconut milk
1 tsp of vanilla extract or vanilla bean powder
2 cups of organic shredded, unsweetened coconut
1/2 cup of organic raisins
Place the dates in a food processor and pulse until they are broken up into small chunks. Add the sea salt, vanilla and coconut milk and pulse until the paste is creamy. It won't be as smooth as date caramel in the blender, but it should still have a creamy consistency. Add the shredded coconut and pulse until combined. Add the raisins and pulse once or twice until just incorporated. You don't want to break up the raisins.
Roll into 1-2 inch balls and place in a glass dish or on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Refrigerate for 1 hour until the balls are set. Store the energy balls in a sealed container in the refrigerator or freezer.