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No-Sugar Raw Sweet Potato Cake Balls/ Soaked Almonds

14 Jun

Yet another one of my no added sugar desserts that I’ve made throughout my sugar detox. There will be many coming :)

Sweet potatoes are a great way to add sweetness without any extra sugar. Just like carrots, they are naturally sweet! Other sources of natural sugar that are great additions when wanting to stay away from the sugar–dried or fresh fruit! Figs, prunes, dates, and bananas are especially great for baking and cooking with no sugar.

With a couple girls putting on a sweet potato recipe contest, I knew I had to come up with something delicious and unique! And that is exactly what I did..and I won!

Have you ever hydrated your almonds? Yes, I just asked about keeping your almonds hydrated! When allowing your almonds to soak in water before eating them, they are much more digestible. You have to only soak as many as you will eat that day though, as they will go bad! This is what I mean by hydrated almonds..

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Those look mighty hydrated if you ask me! What are the benefits of doing this?

Why soak nuts, grains and seeds?
1. To remove or reduce phytic acid (combines with vital nutrients in digestive tract and inhibits absorbtion).
2. To remove or reduce tannins.
3. To neutralize the enzyme inhibitors.
4. To encourage the production of beneficial enzymes.
5. To increase the amounts of vitamins, especially B vitamins.
6. To break down gluten and make digestion easier.
7. To make the proteins more readily available for absorption.
8. To prevent mineral deficiencies and bone loss.
9. To help neutralize toxins in the colon and keep the colon clean.
10. To prevent many health diseases and conditions.

So I used soaked almonds in this sweet potato cake balls recipe!

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Sweet Potato Cake Balls
-1/2 cup dates, soaked overnight in water (in fridge)–Keep the water from these! It’ll be a sweet, syrup flavor that you can use instead of sweeteners for other things :)
-1/4 cup almonds, soaked overnight in water (in fridge)
-1/2 raw sweet potato
-1/2 zucchini, sliced
-2T ground flax-seed
-1/4 cup unsweetened coconut
-1 tsp vanilla extract and cinnamon
-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (or cloves, ginger, and nutmeg)
Directions: Remove dates and almonds from water after soaking. Puree all ingredients in food processor until sticky enough to form into balls. If too wet, add more flax-seed or a little bit of coconut flour. If too dry, add some of the “syrup” from date-soaked water. Form into balls. Roll in extra coconut. Enjoy!

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4 Responses to “No-Sugar Raw Sweet Potato Cake Balls/ Soaked Almonds”

  1. Jason @ Cook Train Eat Race June 14, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    Uhhh…..YES! I just made peanut/cashew cinnamon raisin butter and now I will be making these as the sugar detox is going strong and in full effect.

    I felt a relapse coming on so I went and purchased 3 boxes of dates and quite a bit of fresh fruit to keep the sugar warriors at bay.

    These look awesome and I may have to incorporate this idea into a waffle contest that starts monday.

    • freshfitnhealthy June 14, 2013 at 12:19 pm #

      They are so delicious to curve those sugar cravings! And I’ve heard about ti before, but soaking your nuts really is so much better for you! I felt the same, and I know I need to restock on my dried fruit as Ive been out for awhile!
      Waffle contest?! You’ve gotta win it with all your amazing creations!

  2. SlenderGrapefruit June 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm #

    I have to try this recipe! They sound so sweet while still being healthy, and that’s the best :)

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