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Pecan Pie Date Balls

If you're trying to combat the holiday "cravings" or if you just want a fun snack around the house that feels festive for this time of year, these are a fabulous choice.


The ingredients are minimal and will fit gluten free, paleo and vegan diets. Even if you don't follow one of those practices, these are a great "clean eating" alternative this time of year. Dates are also packed with tons of minerals, vitamins and fiber and eating one of these is essentially giving you a small dose of a multivitamin, but even better -it's from a natural source meaning your body is going to more readily absorb it. If you're thinking right now, "ok sure" trust me, I'm a dietitian. Baking is just my life's ironic fate LOL. Everything in moderation. ;)


Makes: ~ 12 servings

Time: 10 minutes


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Tools Needed:


Food Processor (Here is the link to the one I have and LOVE -it is the perfect size and the motor is really strong and won't burn out on you!)

Measuring cups and spoons

Small knife and cutting board for pitting the dates


Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup pecans

  • 1/4 cup cashews

  • 5-6 medjool dates

  • 1 tsp cinnamon

  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract *

  • 1/8 tsp salt

  • pinch of nutmeg


Directions:

  • Start by toasting your pecans and cashews in an oven preheated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes. Stir the pecans halfway through the bake time. Once done, let cool while you mix the filling and turn the oven up to 375 degrees F. This step is completely optional, but will bring out the flavor of the pecans and cashews and give you more of that "warm pie" flavor.

  • Next, pit the dates. You can do this by cutting them in half lengthwise and you will find a small pit inside of each one. Remove those and place the dates in your food processor!

  • Place remaining ingredients into the food processor (including the pecans and cashews) and blend until you have a breadcrumb-like texture.

  • Remove the blade from the food processor and scoop the mixture into the palm of your hand and press together. If it is not sticking together, you can add a little water to the mixture, one teaspoon at a time.

  • Finally, form into whatever size you would like! You can store these in the fridge up to a week or in the freezer for 3-6 months. Food safety-wise they are fine for up to 6 months, but for quality they may become a little freezer burnt after 3 months.


You can also mix and match any seasonings you would like to this recipe! Want to add some ginger? Go for it! Like a little extra cinnamon? YES -add it! Always remember to start by adding just a small amount. You can always add more, but once mixed in, you can't take it out. I would love to know what you try -leave a comment and let me know how it goes!


xoxo - JBakes

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