Inspired by some similar recipes I have come across, I threw these together one day with very low expectations other than knowing they would be Whole30 compliant because I made sure to leave out all the grains and sweeteners I’d seen in other recipes. I didn’t think they were the right consistency, I thought they’d probably fall apart, and I really wasn’t sure if anyone would like them. The husband quickly confirmed they were a surprise hit by immediately consuming several of them while asking me how I made them and when would there be more. Too bad I didn’t record any of the quantities I had used!
So I set out to recreate them, and made sure to take notes this time. I know there is some debate over snacking during Whole30, but since there are some snack bars on the approved list, I figure these fall into the same category, only in a cuter shape. Plus, snacking is definitely part of my post-Whole30 food freedom, and now I get to do what I want. What I want is an easy, portable snack that’s sweet and salty, with no added sugar, grains, or dairy. Ta-da! These are it. Yes, it’s a lot of dried fruit. But you’re putting them into a one tablespoon serving size, so it’s easy to control how much you’re having at one time.
All you need is a food processor, it really does all the work for you. No baking required! It’s easy, yummy, and compliant. Check, check, check!
Whole30 Date & Nut Snack Balls
Makes 30 Balls
1 1/4 cup Walnuts
10-12 Medjool dates (pitted)
1 cup Dried Cranberries (sweetened with apple juice and not added sugar)
1/2 cup Dried Apricots (no sugar added)
1/3 cup Almond Butter
2 Tbs Coconut Oil
1/3 cup Coconut Flakes (or shredded)
1 Tbs Chia Protein
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Sea Salt or Himalayan Salt
Special Equipment: Food Processor, parchment paper
Line a cookie sheet or tray with parchment paper and set aside. In a food processor, pulse the walnuts, then set aside. Add the dates, cranberries, apricots, almond butter, and coconut oil to the food processor and blend until they begin to reach a sticky consistency. Some fruit bits will still remain, that’s okay. Add the walnuts, coconut flakes, chia protein, cinnamon, and salt and blend together.
Check a bit of the mix and see if it holds together when you squeeze it in your hand. If it’s too wet, add more nuts or protein powder. If it’s too dry, add a couple more dates and/or coconut oil. They will harden up a bit in the fridge, so it’s okay if they aren’t sticking like glue. When you have reached the desired taste and consistency, use a 1Tbs measuring spoon to scoop a bit of the mixture into your hand, press, and roll into a ball, setting each one onto the parchment paper-lined tray. Place tray in the refrigerator for about an hour to harden. Keep them wrapped in the parchment paper inside a ziploc bag or sealed container in the fridge for future snacking!
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