‘Merry Orbs’ Christmas treats are a big hit!

Merry Orbs & Almond Roca

Merry Orbs & Almond Roca

I am not a great cook or baker, but I absolutely must share this recipe with you because people just love these and always ask for the recipe.  It’s so easy – no baking or cooking, so you really cannot go wrong!  And a big bonus, these are very healthy!!

These are called ‘Merry Orbs’, so as not to invite jokes if they were called ‘Christmas Balls’   😮    But these are not only for Christmas time; you’ll want them all year-round. Another yummy treat you can make is Almond Roca, pictured above, which is also easy but does require the oven.

Courtesy of InspireHealth (a wonderful integrated cancer care centre in Vancouver) here is the recipe!  Organic versions of the ingredients are preferred, but not necessary.

Merry Orbs – Ingredients:   

(You can substitute other nuts such as pecans if you wish)

  •  ½ cup raw organic sunflower seeds, lightly toasted
  •  ½ cup raw organic pumpkin seeds, lightly toasted
  • 1 cup raw organic cashews
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • ½ cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup hemp and/or flax seeds (IH said to use whole seeds but I used regular ground seeds)
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1.5 cups organic peanut or almond butter (hemp or pumpkin seed butter also works)
  • ½ cup raw honey (or pure maple or brown rice syrup)
  • Ground almonds or hemp seeds for coating
  1. Toast the sunflower & pumpkin seeds in toaster oven.
  2. Using the electronic grinder/chopper, grind up all the seeds.  Also grind the chocolate chips.  Put in a big mixing bowl and mix together.
  3. Add the hemp/flax, and cocoa powder, and mix everything together.
  4. Add the peanut/almond butter & honey, and stir. Adjust to desired moistness by adding more seeds or honey.
  5. Prepare a dish of the ground almonds or hemp seeds into a plate for the coating.
  6. Roll the mixture into balls using your hands, approximately the size of a quarter then roll on the coating.
  7. Place balls on a plate and put into the fridge.
  8. Store in freezer or fridge.

These taste a lot like the hazelnut chocolate candy called Ferrero Rocher, but are better because you know what you’re putting in it.


3 thoughts on “‘Merry Orbs’ Christmas treats are a big hit!

  1. Thanks for the recipe, I love them as you know by how many I ate at your place. lol
    I just thought that you might want to add a little footnote regarding toaster. You want to do the seeds in the toaster oven not your bread toaster, it would be hard to fish them out of there. Just in case some people were wondering. lol

    • Good point – I have a vision in my head now of someone turning the bread toaster upside down trying to get the seeds out!

      I just got a comment about the challenge of them being named ‘Merry Orbs’ – how about ‘Christmas Nuts’?? – oh wait, it was the same problem as Christmas Balls!

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