Sweetly Raw – Chocolate Juice Pulp Balls (Vegan/Nut Free/GF)
Lately I've been doing a lot of juicing, which is great, but I was bothered by how much pulp I was throwing out. I don't like to waste food, even more so when I'm using expensive organic produce. I wanted to come up with a tasty, healthy and EASY way to use the juice pulp that didn't require the use of a dehydrator. I've made juice pulp bread and crackers in the past but dehydrating can be quite time consuming (not to mention the fact that I don't want to fire it up in the warm months).
Not only did I want to create something that tasted good, I wanted the balls to be SO healthy that I could eat them literally any time of the day - NOT just as a treat. They're vegan, nut-free, gluten free, and refined sugar free.
I can happily report that I've created a killer recipe - in fact I've become obsessed with making (and eating) these double chocolate balls. I've made them 5 times, with different blends of juice pulp. I'm So excite to share it with you!
Each batch will yield a slightly different result depending on what blend of juice pulp you use. My favourite so far is carrot, celery, parsley, kale, beet, and ginger. This might sound funny, especially with the celery and kale in there - but it works! I've tried the same blend with the addition of apple pulp too. Also very good. And yet another nice combo is carrot, beet, lemon, ginger, and turmeric! You can play around - and let me know what you like!
The only thing I don't recommend is something extremely watery like cucumber where the pulp is still quite mushy - but hey, you can try it. Watermelon pulp might also be a bit strange lol. Everything else that you'd normally juice should be fine.
Chocolate Juice Pulp Balls
Makes 9-10 balls
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/2 cup packed juice pulp
1/2 cup oat flour
1/3 cup pitted, packed dates
1/3 cup raisins
1/4 cup hemp seeds
3 tablespoons cacao powder
2 tablespoons coconut flour
1/4 teaspoon himalayan salt
Grind all ingredients in a food processor until a smooth, moist dough is formed. Depending on the moisture level of your pulp, you may need to add another tablespoon of coconut flour. Roll into 10 balls.
I used dates and raisins to sweeten the balls - I use very soft dates. I used half raisins as well since I have a huge supply and they're cheap, cutting down on cost.
I make my own oat flour by grinding oats to powder in the blender.
For the chocolate
1 1/2 cups dark chocolate of choice
1 teaspoon coconut oil
Slowly melt the ingredients in a heat proof bowl set over a pot of hot water on low heat on the stove. Dip each ball into the chocolate and set on a parchment paper lined tray. Place in the fridge until hard, about 10 minutes.
For the balls below I used less cacao powder, and in the yellow looking one I only used carrot pulp and no cacao pulp, with the addition of cinnamon.
If you make any of my recipes, be sure to tag me on instagram @sweetlyraw so that I can see your creation and feature your post!
Have a great day xo