Snowflakes & Snowballs

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With the light dusting of snow outside and our Christmas decorations around the house I thought it would be fitting to post this Snowball recipe today.  This healthy little snack takes its inspiration from this season.

I found a recipe in the November 2013 issue of Today’s Parent and I did my usually tweaking to make it healthier.  The original is already a healthy recipe, but I couldn’t help but put my spin on it.  This has been a hit at our house with all my family members, and I love that these are easy to make and the recipe yields about 40 snowballs!  I put them in the freezer so we have a sweet treat to pop at a moment’s notice.

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Here’s my version of the No Bake Snowball Recipe:

1 +1/4 cup chopped medjool dates

1/4 cup of raw, unpasturized honey or maple syrup

1/4 cup juice from one orange

2 tbsp coconut oil

1/8 tsp cinnamon

Pinch of salt

2 + 1/2 cup Dr. Laura’s Granola (I made a nut-free version with just flax seed so my son could bring these to school as a snack)… alternatively, the Today’s Parent recipe calls for crisp rice cereal here.  I’ve tried this in the past and the cereal didn’t have the same crunch as granola, however both are a great option and the rice cereal is great in a pinch if you don’t have the granola made.

1/2 cup raw sesame seeds

To Prepare:

1) Combine dates, honey, orange juice, coconut oil, cinnamon and salt in a small sauce pot over medium heat.  Bring to a simmer then turn the heat down and simmer on low for about 10-15 minutes.  Stir the ingredients every so often to help the dates break down.  Once the ingredients have combined and become a thick mixture, take off of the stove.

2) Add the granola (or cereal) to a bowl and the date mixture. Combine well.  Place this in the fridge for about 30 minutes to cool.

3) Use a spoon to scoop out bite-sized balls.  Roll in your hands to shape them if needed.  Then roll in sesame seeds to coat them.  Chill in the refrigerator or freezer until completely firm.

Store these in the fridge if you are going to eat them within the week of making them.  For future enjoyment, these can be stored in the freezer in an airtight container.  Enjoy!

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