Why is it that the very mention of the word balls sends me into a giggle fit reserved for tween girls? And makes me want to find every single inappropriate pun imaginable to use in this post. I could do it, really.
But, I’m trying to show some restraint.
Mostly because these are seriously nom-worthy. And will make your mouth very very happy. And because they filled with sweet potato goodness. And wrapped in flaxed awesomeness.
But also because you get to say you had a mouthful of balls for dinner.
Yeah. Restraint is for the weak.
But seriously. The Hubster definitely enjoyed these rotund creations. And popped more than a few (ahem, 8) on his plate, and in his mouth over the course of the meal.
I can’t really blame him. There is an off-chance that I could have possibly done something similar.
Many thanks to the Sundays at Moosewood Restaurant Cookbook for the divine inspiration.
Sweet Potato Balls
- 2 large sweet potato peeled and cut into chunks
- 1 tbs almond milk or rice, soy, or hemp milk
- 1 tbs Earth Balance or other vegan buttery spread
- 1/2 yellow onion minced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1 tsp dried or 1 tbs fresh parsley
- 4 tbs unbleached all-purpose flour quinoa flour, almond flour, coconut flour
- 2 tbs chickpea flour
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- copious amounts of flax meal
Place chunks of sweet potato into a pot of boiling water, and cook until tender.
Drain water, transfer sweet potatoes to large bowl and mash with a masher or fork.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
Combine next 9 ingredients (almond milk through pepper) with the mashed sweet potatoes, and mix to combine.
Fill a small bowl or condiment cup with flax meal about 1/4 way up (see picture above) and drop sweet potato mixture in (approximately 1 tbs at a time).
Roll sweet potato around in flax meal until fully coated. Reshape if needed into a ball. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet.
Continue until batter is gone, or you have as many balls as you want.
Place baking sheet into oven, and bake for about 25-30 minutes. (Note: Exterior of sweet potato balls will get crispy, though look almost identical to the pre-baked balls.)
Transfer to serving plate, dinner plate, or mouth. Your choice.