janet @ the taste space

Raw Cinnamon Raisin Balls

In Desserts on June 23, 2012 at 3:00 PM

I miss the long-distance cycling trips. Two summers ago, Rob and I would jaunt around Southwestern Ontario on our bikes. Anything within 180km was fair game. We cycled from Toronto to see his parents in Woodstock and the following year, I cycled to Kitchener/Waterloo for a party. While it was fun, there was pain, too. This was challenging training. I had never done this much cycling before.

Unfortunately, after tackling the Kingston cycle last summer, Rob and I have not really done much long-distance cycling. Life gets busy. Weekends get booked up. It wasn’t until I cycled to Niagara Falls recently, that I realized how much I miss it. The cycling, the camaraderie, exploring the countryside, and of course, the multitude of snacks I would create every week. Not the pain, of course.

These are the snacks that I toted with me to Niagara Falls. A quick whirl in the food processor combines walnuts, raisins, dates, cinnamon and nutmeg into a delicious snack. Chewy from the raisins but with a big whiff of cinnamon. A great pick-me-up before and during long exercises. I should remind myself that they are good any time, really. I may have made 2 batches of it because I ate the first one through numerous “sampling” (and before I photographed it).  Sweet and chewy cinnamon treats, oh yeah. As I gear into studying lock-down mode, they may turn into my late night studying snacks, though. Swapping cycling for studying seems so sad, eh?

Other sport snacks I have made:

Homemade Almond Chocolate Lärabars
Chocolate Brownie Power Nibbles
Cocoa Mint Nibbles
Maca Chip Energy Balls
Carob Blueberry Energy Bars
Peanutty Energy Bars
Paley’s Energy Bars
Blueberry Oat Bars
Fruit, Nut and Seed Power Bars
Cacao-Cacao Chip Cookies (recipe elsewhere)
Dark Chocolate Mint Cookies (recipe elsewhere)
Gingersnap Nuggets from Radiance 4 Life

This is my submission to this week’s Cookbooks Sundays and to this week’s Weekend Wellness.

Raw Cinnamon Raisin Balls
Adapted from Radiance 4 Life (recipe also posted here)

1 cup raw walnuts
1/2 cup raisins
1/2 cup (packed) pitted dates (about 12 dates)
1 tbsp cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp salt

1. In a food processor fitted with its S-blade, process the walnuts until coarsely chopped. Add the remainder of the ingredients and process until it sticks together. It should still have some texture. If your dates are dry, you may need to add more water.

2. Remove 1 tbsp of dough and roll into a ball. Continue with the rest of the dough. Refrigerate until serving.

Makes 18 balls.

  1. These look wonderful! My husband, who prefers to eat raw when possible, would love these. He’s got a sweet tooth that he tries to satisfy primarily with nuts and raisins, unlike me, who delves for the chocolate. I will definitely make these.

  2. The combination of raisin and cinnamon always makes me think of oatmeal raisin cookies- so naturally I love it 🙂 Looks like you have quite the collection of raw bites! I don’t blame you because they are one of my favourite things to make!

    • I totally dig the raw desserts. It doesn’t hurt that they take next to no time to whip up in the food processor. I agree, cinnamon and raisin just seem to go so well together. Yum! 🙂

  3. After taking a few weeks off of training, I was missing it like crazy! I actually started to crave the pain. That’s weird, right? I should bring these energy balls with me on long runs from now on!

  4. Although nothing would excite me personally about several hours on a bicycle seat, I would definitely like a stash of these little balls of energy to snack on after a vigorous yoga practice.

    Thanks for sharing at Cookbook Sundays.


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