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Delicous snacks

Posted on: July 4th, 2011 by admin 2 Comments

Happy 4th of July Americans!

I almost titled this delicious balls, maybe not appropriate, but true.  People like to call these bliss balls, energy balls, snow balls even beach balls anything other than just balls…

I’m trying to pay more attention to making healthy snacks (we’re potato chip addicts).  Generally I just go for carrots or a banana between meals, something quick and easy.  We love Lärabars- which are healthy and delicious, but can be expensive if you eat them daily.  Their website is wonderfully informative and lists full ingredients so it’s easy to try make your own.

We like to make them as balls, so you can easily regulate how much you want to eat (ha). While we post this recipe for cherry date nut snacks, we thought we’d include another recipe for more tasty balls we like to make below…

Cherry date nut balls

  • 3/4 c nuts (almonds and/or cashews)
  • 6 large dates (Medjool are good), pitted (about 1/2 packed cup)
  • 1/3 c dried cherries
  • 1/2 c flaked or shredded coconut (optional)

Now we don’t have a food processor, so these are a little more painstaking to make by hand, but never fear – it can be done and it’s well worth it.  (Handmade version below).

Chop the nuts in a food processor until they are coarse.  Add the dates and cherries, and process until everything is completely combined. Pinch a little of the mixture to see if it sticks together or falls apart. If it’s too sticky, add a few more nuts. If it won’t form a ball, add more dates or cherries.

Form into balls about an inch wide and roll them in coconut. This recipe makes about 14.

You can store them at room temperature for a couple of days or in the fridge for a week or more, freeze them for up to a month.

Handmade – I used to chop everything really small, but now I like to bash the nuts in a bag with my rolling pin and add these to the chopped dates and cherries.

Apricot oat balls

  • 1 c raw oats
  • 1 1/4 c dried apricots
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp butter, melted
  • 3/4 c flaked or shredded coconut

Place oats, apricots, honey and warm, melted butter in a food processor. Process for 2 to 3 minutes or until well combined.

Place coconut in a shallow dish. Roll tablespoons of muesli mixture into balls about an inch wide coating the balls in coconut. Set aside to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

Very important – mix and match the nuts and dried fruits you like!!  Check out the Lärabar website for more combination inspiration.  My next mix?  I love dates, flax seeds, cinnamon and cashews. Or what about dried pineapple and macadamia?

Song for this recipe:

“Shiny disco balls”  – Who da funk  Shiny Disco Balls (Sandy Vee & KC Taylor Remix) - Shiny Disco Balls (feat. Jessica Eve) [2009 Remixes, Pt. 2] - EP

Really I’m not a big trance fan, but you know, when making energy balls, why not put on a leotard and sweat band and high-kick to the beat as you make a snack for later? So much fun!