Apple Date Bites

Apple Date BitesEating healthy doesn’t mean that you have to eat bland, uninspired food. This recipe was something I came up with as a mid-morning snack. These Apple Date Bites have a natural sweetness from the dates and apples and it’s almost like having a “treat” (as my daughter would say). I buy all my dried nuts and fruits in bulk from www.nuts.com. They have a great selection and super fast shipping. Most importantly, I love that I can get dried fruits that aren’t full of added sugars and oils (unlike the selection at most grocery stores). This recipe is very easy to play with and you can easily substitute other fruits for the apple like dried cherries or apricots. Have fun and experiment!

Makes approximately 14 balls / seven servings

Ingredients

1 C pitted dates

1 C apple rings, unsweetened

1/2 C roasted unsalted cashews

1/4 tsp cinnamon

pinch cardamon (optional)

1/2 tsp vanilla bean paste (you can sub a good quality pure vanilla extract)

1/4 C shredded coconut, unsweetened

Combine everything but the coconut in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together. You don’t want a smooth paste but rather a chunky consistency. Roll into 14 individual 1″ balls and then roll in coconut. Store in freezer for up to 2 weeks.

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