Kitchen Scraps: Tigernut Flour Snack Balls, 3 Ways

March 27, 2017

Tigernut Flour Snack Balls, 3 Ways by Faring Well

Welcome to another edition of “kitchen scraps”, where the leftover little recipes in my kitchen find a home. Here you will find a simple recipe I enjoyed but didn’t make the cut for a full-bodied blog post. I hope you enjoy the little wins I get to share with you here – and let me know if you give any “kitchen scraps” a try by tagging your Instagram photos #fwkitchenscraps


Happy Monday everyone! I’m popping in real quick to share these snack ball recipes I’ve been loving over the past few weeks. It all started with an unexpected delivery of tigernut flour to my doorstep from Amazon a few months ago. After conversing with their support team about how I had never ordered the flour, they said to keep it free of charge. And so the hunt to figure out what it was destined for began. I love making snack balls, especially for Scott. We keep a new batch in a jar in the freezer every week to pull from when the afternoon snack-attack hits (at least we have lately). I usually start this habit thinking “snack balls are so easy and great to have on hand” and end it thinking “snack balls are so expensive and nut-heavy, we need to take a break”. Enter: tigernut flour. Tigernuts are actually small root vegetables, full of fiber and lower in fat comparatively to traditional nuts. See the package I (now) purchase here, and read more about their health benefits too!

The first recipe is for a peanut butter and jelly version (pictured below) that is so nutty and fruity – the goji berries definitely taste like a jam and I am all about it. The second is one of Scott’s favorite, the cashew mulberry. It’s flecked with vanilla bean seeds and the mulberries basically taste like caramel. The third is a crowd pleaser to the max, and completely nut free, the chocolate hempseed (pictured above). I love how this recipe uses raisins instead of dates, making it more inexpensive and accessible to the masses. Plus the raisins make it taste like a thick chocolate fudge, without any overwhelming flavor. All three of these were made with one bag of tigernut flour, that’s three week’s of snacks! Big fan over here, big fan. – xx


TIGERNUT FLOUR SNACK BALLS
Each recipe makes about 10 balls, or 5 servings.

peanut butter & jelly
1 cup tigernut flour
1/2 cup raw, hulled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon pink salt
1/4 cup natural creamy peanut butter
1/2 cup organic raisins
1/4 cup dried goji berries
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon purified water

cashew mulberry
1 cup tigernut flour
1/2 cup raw, hulled sunflower seeds
1/2 cup hemp hearts
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla bean seeds
2 tablespoons pure cashew butter
1/2 cup dried mulberries, soaked for 2-4 hours
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil

chocolate hempseed
1 1/2 cups tigernut flour
1/2 cup hemp hearts (plus extra for rolling)
1/4 cup raw cacao powder
few dashes of cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground vanilla bean seeds
1/2 cup organic raisins
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
1 tablespoon purified water

In the bowl of a food processor, combine the tigernut flour with any sunflower seeds and hempseeds called for in the recipe. Add also any cinnamon, pink salt, and/or vanilla bean seeds. Pulse to combine. Add the dried fruit (raisins/soaked mulberries/goji berries) and any nut butter that is called for, along with the maple syrup and coconut oil. Cover and blend until a sticky swirling ball is tumbling around the bowl. If the mixture doesn’t form a ball, and instead is crumbly, add the 1 tablespoon of water to bind into a dough (I had to in the first and third recipes).

Scoop the sticky dough using a cookie scoop (about 2 tablespoons worth), roll into balls, and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet destined for the freezer. If rolling the chocolate hempseed balls in additional hemp hearts, roll them now while they are still sticky. Freeze for an hour or two before transferring to an airtight container and storing in the freezer. Let thaw for a few minutes before serving. Should keep for a month (or longer) but we go through ours in a week.


Tigernut Flour Snack Balls, 3 Ways by Faring Well

12 Comments

  • Reply Sarah | Well and Full March 27, 2017 at 7:42 am

    That’s crazy – you got the tigernut flour without even ordering it? And look what you made with it!! That’s what I call a happy accident :)

    • Reply Faring Well March 27, 2017 at 8:33 am

      Right! I am so thankful for that accidental delivery, creativity can come from the most unexpected sources sometimes ;). Thank you for your sweet comment this morning Sarah!

  • Reply Sophie | The Green Life March 27, 2017 at 9:39 am

    How amazing that you got an accidental tigernut flour delivery! I love all of these creative renditions, and I’ve especially got my eye on the cashew mulberry one. <3 Hope your camping trip was fabulous and everything you wanted it to be. xx

    • Reply Faring Well March 27, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Thank you so much Sophie! It really was magical. And about that mystery delivery, I know right – how amazing what that mix up, totally lucked out there. I can’t imagine not having a bag of this flour on hand any more. xx

  • Reply Valentina | The Blue Bride March 27, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    I read “I love making snack balls, especially for Scott” and I cry because my husband doesn’t eat ANYTHING I make. He goes on buying peanut butter cookies and tortilla chips. I basically gave up cooking for him…at least in Italy I had my mom and her husband who ate everything :'(
    Anyway, I’m sure these balls are delicious and damn, you lucky girl, from Amazon I once received a bottle of carnitine supplement by mistake :P

    • Reply Faring Well March 28, 2017 at 8:06 am

      Oh man! That is tough. I’m so sorry.. It can be so hard when you feel like you can’t feed someone. But maybe homemade cookies? ;) And as for Amazon, its true I got so lucky I received something I could use! It was the tigernut fairy paying me a visit <3.

  • Reply Julia March 30, 2017 at 1:18 am

    Your timing is perfect again!! I am “decluttering” my pantry right now and have two packets of tigernut flour , that I didn´t have a use for until now. I tried making gluten free pie crusts with it, but didn´t quite like how they turned out, too dry and kinda sandy… but your snack balls sound amazing and well balanced, I will def. give one of the recipes a try, at least. I also really like that you are using inexpensive ingredients like raisins, it´s something that I kind of miss in many vegan recipes from blogs. Especially Cashews and Almonds (and good soft dates!) are crazy expensive in Europe so I always opt for sunflower seeds, hemp hearts and raisins, since they are grown locally where I live. So I´m always happy when a recipe actually calls for them and I don´t have to sub anything. Oh and did you try making nut milk out of the flour? I once tried it with whole tiger nuts from a recipe that Amy Chaplin posted on her blog… should work with the flour too, I think. So thank you for sharing, and I´ll post on IG when I make them :) <3

    • Reply Faring Well March 30, 2017 at 1:17 pm

      Julia! This is so perfect. Exactly what I was hoping to do – reach others with a bag lying around like mine was! I hope you get to make and enjoy these soon, and cannot wait to see :). Cheers to using the more inexpensive ingredients too! So happy to contribute to your recipe store using these stellar seeds and fruits. I love them tons!

  • Reply Ashley March 30, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing all 3 varieties! So many options – I love it =) Mulberries are so under-rated! Now I’m super interested in trying tigernut flour now. I have seen it in quite a few recipes, but these snacks are simple and less intimidating, so I’ll start there.

    • Reply Faring Well March 30, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Aw I’m so glad to hear these feel approachable to you, they were the first things that seemed this way to me too! Now I finally feel like I can embark on some more tigernut experiments ;). Enjoy all your future + tasty snacking Ashley!

  • Reply Emily | Gather & Dine April 18, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    A free unexpected delivery from Amazon- you lucky! I’m so happy to learn about a new ingredient and feel intrigued by tiger nut flour. You always dream up such creative combinations with all of your snacks, Jessie. Sigh , I just wish I could grab one of these from my screen right now. ;)

    • Reply Faring Well April 19, 2017 at 11:12 am

      I know right?! It was amazing. And I wish I could pass you a few of these bites too, I think you’d love them!

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