Big healthy balls

The original intent of this post was not to highlight men’s health. However, seeing as we are still in the month of November it does seem appropriate to touch briefly (yes, figuratively speaking) upon this subject. November is the chosen month of The Movember Foundation, a global charity that focuses on encouraging men to live longer, happier and healthier lives. Founded in 2003 and focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health and physical inactivity, they have raised over $685 million dollars. This has been through the growing of moustaches for thirty days in ‘Movember’ or something called MOVE. A thirty day physical fitness challenge. An awesome effort in my opinion.

Having witnessed the devastation that cancer can wreak and the heartbreak that suicide brings to all, I say ‘balls’ to the bad old days of men just ‘pushing through and getting on with it’. If you are a man, go get those regular doctors checks and let us all start more open dialogues regarding men’s health and mental well being. Discussing emotions and seeking professional help when needed, is not just for chicks. As my young lads grow into this world, we encourage them to talk about their feelings and try to convey to them that being a man, is not just about showing the world a tough exterior.

Back to the original topic. These date, nut and prune laden ovoid edibles are a delicious healthy bite for those peckish times. Based on a recipe that a friend has been making for a while, I must admit to feeling completely ripped off that they were not her usual scrumptious old school spherical butter, chocolate and biscuit goodies. However, as balls will do (on those of us who are male), they have grown on me.

Adaptations include swapping the oats for gluten free puffed millet, using whatever nuts I had on hand and opening a jar of wondrous Prunes in Vinno Cotto (or vincotto) from the Western Australian Cape Farm Shop. (Given by the mothership after a recent sojourn she enjoyed there.) Vincotto is essentially a condiment made from unfermented grapes that are slowly cooked until they become thick and syrupy. These prunes added a sweet and almost musty piquancy to this unctuous mixture of nuts, fruit and cocoa. You can of course, use regular prunes if you have nothing similar.

Healthy balls, we all need them.


1 2/3 cups pecans (original recipe called for 1 cup walnuts and 2/3 cup raw cashews)
2/3 cup 100g almonds (recipe asked for blanched I used regular almonds, skins on)
150g pitted dates, chopped
1/2 cup chopped pitted prunes (mine were in vinocotto)
1/3 cup sultannas
1/3 cup tart dried cherries (the original recipe called for 2/3 cup apricots chopped but I used sultannas and cherries)
1/2 cup puffed millet (puffed amaranth or rice would also work)
2 tbl sesame seeds
2 tbl cocoa powder
1 tsp cinnamon powder
1/4 tsp vanilla bean powder (or 1/4 tsp vanilla essence)
2 tbl honey
1 cup dessicated coconut


Place the pecans and almonds (or whatever nuts you have chosen) into a frypan and cook over a low to medium heat for 2-3 minutes until lightly toasted.
Using a food processor, process them until finely chopped.
Add the dates, prunes, sultannas, cherries, sesame seeds, cocoa powder, cinnamon, vanilla and honey into the food processor and blend for 2-3 minutes until the mixture forms a paste.
Divide the mixture into golf ball sizes (about 50g) and roll into balls. It helps if you lightly moisten your hands before rolling them.
Roll the balls in the coconut and serve.
Store in an airtight container, as we have had extremely hot weather, I refrigerated ours.
Makes 12 balls.

A Cheergerm adaptation of a Jill Dupleix recipe from the Delicious website,

28 thoughts on “Big healthy balls

  1. A healthier, more appealing set of balls I have never seen. A lovely alternative to all of the chocolate that lies ahead and a timely reminder that it’s men’s health month. Bravo!

  2. Yay Cheery, beautiful balls! Love your ballsy reminder to all those blokes out there who think it won’t happen to them to get out there, have a health check, talk to their mates and mooove. A few years ago we had several close friends all diagnosed with prostate cancer after my other half was detected by routine blood test. While life as dealt many challenges to them all since, they’ve had one another for support and they can still laugh together about the indignities of life.

    • Thanks for the ballsy support Mrs Recipe. It’s great that they have been able to support each other. Naturally, one would rather not face such stuff but life throws
      up what it does and how much better to face it with support and camaraderie. Beauty in the face of adversity.

  3. A great play on words to illustrate Men’s health month. These tasty treats look delicious – and healthy! Have been inundated with moustaches on FB – the British Museum has an interesting collection – but a great way to bring the issue to everyone’s attention. Regular health checks are a must.

    • Thanks KW. They really are delicious so the healthy aspect is a great added bonus. Yes, moustaches are certainly everywhere!! I imagine many partners will be pleased when they are shaved off tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜

  4. I started to laugh the minute I read your title. What a fun way to deliver the message about health! Now, did you have to admonish the recipients of these treats not to play with their balls?

      • Yes, it is strange to me that there used to be such stigma about discussing certain health issues, to the point that it kept people, both men and women, from seeking treatment. Thank goodness that has changed…

  5. A very catchy title and a great reminder for the chaps. Thier balls, prostate, mental health -glucose checks and blood pressure- all need cheching. Why should women have all the fun with pap smear tests? Oh and the old method of testing for prostate problems is supposed to be more reliable than the new ones!!!
    Lovely looking balls Mrs Cheerio, and I am wondering how long thye will keep- so I can make them for the season, which means eating them on the run in the week leading up to the big cookathon.

    • Ha, thanks and Hear hear! We need to spread the love around, so to speak. They keep for up to a week and a half in the fridge, hope that helps in your planning. We are heading towards the home stretch now…I have two million batches of shortbread to bake before then. Eek!

  6. Having two lads of my own, Cheery, four if you count the grand lads I appreciate a kindred spirit when I see one. You are a good mum. The balls not so much appreciated. I am not a fan of the ingredients and will stick to the chocolaty kind. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. What a load of balls!! Very healthy, nutritious and delicious balls, too! However I did notice, though you had many balls on your tray, you only serve them one at a time – why, don’t some things just come in pairs, usually at least!?!?๐Ÿ˜œ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜ฎ.
    I loudly and whole-heartedly applaude your highlighting of Movember and all it represents and does, too, Mrs Cheergerm. ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ xxoxx

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