These guiltless goodies will definitely satisfy your sweetest cravings while still being healthy and packed full of nutrition. This is a very versatile recipe, you can make this as a base for a raw pie, roll them in to delectable balls or have simple chewy granola bars. This was my first recipe using my food processor and I had a blast experimenting with random things that I had on hand. Here’s what you will need, but feel free to use whatever you have, it may seem like a lot in print, but it’s very simple:
Tools: Food Processor, Spatula, Measuring cups
1 Cup Walnuts
1 Cup Pecans
1 1/2 Cups (roughly) Dates, pitted
2 Tbsp. Coconut ‘Meat’
1 1/2 Tbsp. Sunflower Seeds
1 1/2 Tbsp. Quinoa
1 Tbsp. Pumpkin Seeds
1 Tbsp Chia Seeds
1 Tbsp. Flax Seeds
1 Tbsp Oats (optional)
1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
1 Tbsp. Cacao Powder
1 Tbsp Coconut Nectar (optional)
1 Tsp. Cinnamon
1/2 – 1 Tsp Vanilla
Pinch of Cardamom
Pinch of Nutmeg
Pinch of allspice
I say the Coconut Nectar is optional because it was a natural alternative to Honey and Agave, although I believe with just the dates that it would have been sweet enough so it’s up to your discretion.
Step 1: Add your pecans and walnuts to the food processor first and pulse until finely chopped, almost powdered.
Step 2 Add your dates and pulse until processed well, try to keep an eye on it balling up, you don’t want that otherwise it will make it a little more difficult to mix the ingredients properly
Step 3 Add everything else all at once or gradually and pulse until mixed thoroughly
Step 4: Carefully remove blade and get creative!!!
I took half of the batch and made cute little coconut balls with the extra coconut shreds I had on hand.
The other half I made into little bite-sized squares of deliciousness.
I would recommend refrigerating them before serving for a firmer pie base, ball or granola bar. They are wonderfully chewy and the flavors will dance across your tongue. It starts off nutty and sweet with a gentle hint of the cardamom, allspice and cinnamon blend and finishes strong with a cocoa aftertaste.