No Bake Nutty Persimmon Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

A Snack, Sweet post written by on January 23, 2014


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Unofficial Poll: How do you feel about ads? I’ve always hated them, but I feel like the money would be nice for some new camera gear, or more persimmons… you know, bloggy stuffs.

No Bake Nutty Persimmon Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}

A friend of mine gave me a persimmons book recently called Old Fashioned Persimmon Recipes, and it’s Appalachian in origin, style and concept – the thing is a vintage paper artifact moreso than a book of useable recipes. It’s full of weird things like puddings (evidently this was a popular way to eat persimmons) and cake yeast (cannot find anywhere). I’m not sure what to make of it, but I’m slowly re-interpreting some of the ideas into something practical for a more modern kitchen. So… no cake yeast and better instructions! Have you noticed how old cookbooks leaves a lot of information out? I was trying to make a bread the other day, and it definitely did not say to do a second rise, which turned the dough into a brick. Go with your gut, not old recipe books!!!

So because of this book, its impossible recipes, and the alignment of the market stars, I’ve been stacking piles of obscenely ripe persimmons wherever I can – on the table, the other table, the fridge, basically everywhere. The unseasonably warm temperatures have been speeding up the ripening, but I’m not sure it’s desirable to have more ripe persimmons than I can count. Hence, the persimmon smoothie from earlier this week. I’m still trying to make bread and scones, cookies and jam, and a million other things which will come eventually, unless the persimmon supply runs out. The recipe I am sharing today is from the book’s persimmon log recipe – I am amending it by shaping it into balls, adding more nuts, and a bit less sugar. You can make yours into a log and then cutting, but I like the shape of round things, and I don’t like cutting logs so much, so bite-sized balls are convenient in shape and playfulness.

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Nutty Persimmon Balls 

This basic recipe concept is easy to adapt – just mix up the nuts or use your own puffed grain. I like rice here, but there are all sorts that would work. If you want it to be more proteinacious, add some nut butter. 

1/2 c. persimmon puree

1 TB melted butter

Powered Sugar

2 c. puffed rice, unsweetened

1 c. nuts (I like sliced almonds, pepitas, sunflower seeds

additional nuts for rolling: chopped almonds or chopped puffed rice will work, I used toasted sesame seeds


+ Stir the butter into the puree and taste for sweetness.

+ If it is not sweet enough, sift in one tablespoon of sugar at a time to acquire balanced flavor. You can also add spices if you like. Nutmeg, cardamom, or cinnamon will work.

+ Stir in nuts until it is all covered in puree. Then, add rice.

+ To make balls, refrigerate until it’s fairly solid and easy to handle. Overnight is ideal. Then, get tablespoon sized portions and roll it in the chopped nuts, shaping it into a round form as you go.

+ This would be pretty tasty with some yogurt.




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11 Responses to “No Bake Nutty Persimmon Balls {Vegan, Gluten-Free}”

  1. i need to go get some persimmon esp after two recipes on your site…on the ads, I have some ads and I make hardly any money maybe a cup of coffee but as long as its not affecting readers enjoyment to the blog, I have no problem…

    • phi says:

      That’s the story I am hearing… the coffee here is expensive and I can barely afford my own every day. I’m not sure paid ads would cover my lattes.

  2. molly yeh says:

    oooh! i have never met a persimmon before. ooh wait i take that back, i’ve had dried ones, but never fresh! i love the looks of these little balls. and i love that you used toasted sesame seeds! yum yum.

  3. Yum, yum, yum! Re: ads, I’m yet to meet a blogger who actually makes money off them. But I figure even a $100 a year is still just money for nothing right? xx

  4. Oh my – just found your blog and LOVE your photography. Gorgeous! Also, noticed your poll about ads at the top. I say go for it! People attempt to make a living doing things they love all the time; your blog should not be any different. Passionate bloggers put so much time and work into their blogs and often treat it like a second job, so why not get paid for it? It will just make it possible for you to create better blog posts in the long run. My only beef with blog advertising is I get turned off of a blog if every post is sponsored – it just doesn’t feel authentic to me. So my philosophy is that bloggers should be free to advertise but find a way to do it so it does not affect their voice. But, for some bloggers that means no advertising at all, and of course that is fine as well. Do what feels right for you; this is your space.

  5. God I love persimmons. They are in season for so short a time that I always feel that I need to do as much with them as possible. I’ve been toying with ad son my blog too – could us the extra cash, even though I’m not the biggest fan hah.

  6. I just stumbled across your beautiful blog, and I’m so glad I did. Your photography is stunning too!! As for ads, I don’t have a problem with ads, and I think most people don’t have a problem with them considering they appear on most websites and blogs, and if readers don’t want to click on them or view them, then they don’t have to. I make a couple of hundred each month from ads, which helps pay the grocery bills, but not much else. 🙂 Good luck with whatever you decide.

    • phi says:

      Oh no! Thanks for letting me know. I always forget to test all of the browsers, and IE always gets me!!

      Thanks for visiting, Jennider!

  7. kitty says:

    use coconut oil in place of butter for vegan

  8. kitty says:

    use coconut oil in place of butter for vegan

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