almond butter dough balls snack

It’s Snack Time – Try this Coconutty Almond Treat!

These snacks are the ultimate healthy sugar craving stoppers!

They are gluten free, Paleo, vegan, dairy free, sugar free and Candida diet friendly, and super quick to make….

Chewy and sweet — they’ll be gone in a blink ?  

Makes: 6 small balls (about 0.80 inch/ 2cm in diameter); just enough for one person really. You might have to triple or quadruple the amounts if you want some for your family as well.

Almond Butter Dough Balls
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Serves: 6
  • ¼ cup (20g) shredded unsweetened un-sulfured desiccated coconut; plus 1 tbsp for dusting.
  • ½ cup (46g) unsweetened almond butter (ideally from blanched almonds tastes smoother and sweeter)
  • ¼ cup (30g) coconut flour
  • about 4 tbsp of rice milk, unsweetened almond or coconut milk to mix (during the Candida elimination diet add 1-2 drops of Vanilla stevia sweetener if you’re using almond milk/coconut milk as rice milk is naturally sweeter; once Candida levels are under control 1tbsp of maple syrup or raw honey would add just the right amount of sweetness)
  • Optional: 1tbsp of coconut oil (for an additional Candida fighting kick)
  1. Mix all the ingredients in a food processor or by hand. The dough should be soft but not so sticky that it isn’t pliable. If too sticky add more coconut flour or desiccated coconut. If too crumbly a little more melted coconut butter or more dairy free milk would do the trick.
  2. Form the dough into small bite size balls with your hands or a small cookie scoop if you have (you can also use a tablespoon and use about 1tbsp worth of dough to form each mini dough ball.)
  3. Roll the dough balls in the rest coconut until evenly covered.
  4. Chill on a plate or small tray in the fridge for 30 minutes or longer (or eat straight away!) I guess you could even freeze them to have them on hand.

Did you know that one tablespoon of almond butter contains the same amount of protein as 1 tablespoon of meat? It is also a brilliant source of fibre, which helps digestion. Coconut helps to keep your connective tissues healthy (like hair, nails, teeth, ligaments…)

TIP: Try to eat no more than 2 dough balls in one sitting though, and drink a big glass of water with it to help your body digest the large amount of fibre (otherwise you might get constipated).

Even Quicker Almond Butter Dough Ball Version

perfect candida diet snack

Prep: 1 minute Cooking time: 0

For a quick sweet-fix roll 1 tsp of almond butter (with 1-2 drops of Vanilla Stevia/ maple syrup if you have a sweet tooth!) in 1 tsp of coconut flour in a medium sized ball until all sides are dusted and not sticky any more. Alternatively you could roll it in 1 tsp of desiccated coconut, or mix 1 tsp of coconut milk (scoop only the creamy solid part out) in with your almond butter before rolling in the Coconut flour or desiccated Coconut, yum!

I like all three! The coconut flour version reminds me of marzipan potatoes which I was a huge fan of as a kid, so that’s a winner. Desiccated coconut is always good, adds a little crunch, whereas the coconut milk variation adds moisture and isn’t quite as dense which also has it’s plus points.

Let’s face it — it’s virtually impossible to eat just one snack ball… So you might as well make three different ones to compare (you can always use the leftover coconut milk in a smoothie or stir-fry).


p.s.: I shared this recipe with Gluten free Fridays here where you can find more tasty treats like this.

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