Following our trials and tribulations as we attempt to remove all grains, many starchy vegetables and most sugars from our diet while maintaining our love of good food! We strive to make all of our recipes GAPS and/or SCD compliant. Note: We didn't know about "Grain-Free Gourmet" when we chose our name. We are not affiliated with those good folks.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Nut Butter "Snowballs" (also nut butter playdough)

This is a new version of a snack that we used to love before the GAPS diet. It is also filling and portable, which is more important now as we go into summer. This is one of those recipes that can be endlessly modified, or just eaten as is for a fast and simple snack.


1 cup nut butter
1/2 cup ground nuts or seeds
1/2 cup shredded coconut (plus additional for rolling finished balls in)
1 T honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of salt
raisins (optional)

Combine all ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and mix thoroughly. Test for thickness by forming a ball to see if it holds its shape as desired. At this point, the mixture is just right for nut butter playdough.

For nut butter balls, pull off a piece of dough and roll into a ball about 1 inch or more across. Roll the ball in shredded coconut and set aside, continue until all the dough is rolled.

These are best stored in the refrigerator.

Here are two ideas for variations:

1. Add cinnamon, ground cardamom, and chopped dates.
2. Add sesame oil, substitute tahini for some of the nut butter, and roll in toasted sesame seeds.


  1. I love that kind of simple and nourishing snacks ;).

  2. This type of snack ball is one way I love to take herbs or give them to my kids. You can blend any powdered herb into the mixture and prepare it like usual. My family doesn't do nuts so we use sunflower seed butter (also raw cocoa powder if diet allows).



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