Raw Crunchy Mintella Freesh Balls Recipe

A Freesh Ball is like an energy or bliss ball, except much Freesher. They provide energy, bliss and Freeshness. So really they’re like 3 times as awesome. This recipe was actually created in one of my courses with the help of a lovely group of students. It turned out great. These are ready instantly, and can be refrigerated to make the texture denser. They are gooey right off the bat and get chewy in the fridge after a couple hours. And of course Crunchy both ways. And always delicious.

Normally I prefer to use more natural, widely available, and, well, cheaper ingredients to flavor my food. However, there are certain types of dishes that get taken to that next level with the addition of some Essential Oils or Essences. I’ve used some of both in this recipe. Peppermint Essential Oil and Hazelnut Essence. Two of my favorites. Definitely worth the investment. They last for ages and have a myriad of uses. Particularly the mint one, which I use in my homemade toothpaste and deodorant.

Raw Crunchy Mintella Freesh Balls Recipe

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Raw Crunchy Mintella Freesh Balls Recipe

Ingredients

  • *All the products linked to below are from UbudDirect, my favorite online Organic Grocery Store in Bali, and are affiliate links. This means RawFoodBali receives a very small percentage of any purchases you make after clicking one of these links. The prices stay the same, and you help support me so I can keep providing you high quality content and information about healthy living in Bali 🙂

  • ¾ cup Cashew Butter
  • 1/3 cup Cacao Powder
  • ¼ cup Dates
  • ¼ cup Goji Berries
  • ¼ cup Ground Sesame Seed
  • ¼ cup Sweet Cacao Nibs (These ones are sweetened with coconut palm sugar)
  • 20 drops Medicine Flower Hazelnut Essence
  • 6 drops Peppermint Essential Oil
  • a Pinch of Salt
  • Garnish
  • Cacao Nibs, Cacao Powder, Ground Sesame Seeds, Goji Berries

Instructions

  1. Blend sesame seeds into a meal/powder. Depending on what kind of blender you have you may need to blend more than ¼ cup of sesame seeds. I usually use my Vitamix to grind seeds, so I would probably blend up a cup or two at once as any less won't blend properly.
  2. Blitz (thank you Australia for that word, it's super Freesh) all ingredients except cacao nibs, hazelnut essence and peppermint essential oil in the food processor
  3. Add essential oils and blitz until well mixed.
  4. Add cacao nibs and pulse a few times just to mix them in. We want them to stay whole so that we get nice crunchy bites.
  5. Roll into balls and then roll in garnish. Don't feel restricted by the options I offered. You can garnish this with anything you want!
  6. Eat and let the Freesh Seep in Real Deep 🙂
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Mint Essential Oil and Hazelnut Essence are the two concentrated flavorings that I use most frequently. Here’s why :

  • Mint Leaves are delicious, but a lot of them are required to get a strong flavor, particularly in dishes like this with strong competing flavors (chocolate, namely) and they are a pain in the butt to pick. The taste from the essential oil is also stronger. Well worth shelling out the extra dough.
  • Raw Hazelnuts don’t quite provide the same intensity of flavor as the roasted ones do. The Medicine Flower Hazelnut Essence I use does. The Nutella (hazelnut and chocolate) flavor is one of my all time favorites and with this ingredient I can nail it easily.

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Cacao Powder makes a really nice garnish too

64 Comments
  1. Jon

    Looks fantastic….where are you getting your peppermint essential oil?? and hazelnut…..anyone selling on island or from singapore OR do I have to order all the way from USA.

    Thanks!
    Teresa

    • Thanks Teresa 🙂

      The peppermint essential oil I bought at Soma in Ubud. They also sell youngliving essential oils at Down to Earth. As for the hazelnut essence, I bough it from Elaina Love when I took her course. Not sure if they sell those in Singapore so you would probably have to order them online. She brought them over from the states.

      Keep it Freesh

      Jonny

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