Maybe your stomach is screaming, “it must be lunchtime by now,” despite the clock saying it’s only 10:30 a.m. Or maybe you’re falling asleep at your computer at 3:00 in the afternoon and the only thing that’s going to jolt you awake is a shot of sugar. Either way, these Apricot Date Nut Bites will be your best friend at times like these — ’cause sometimes you just need a pick-me-up.
Aside from being healthy-ish — all natural ingredients and no processed sugar — they’re also a tasty, energizing bite. Send your kids off to school with a few tucked into their lunch bags or stowed in your briefcase to get you through a mind-numbing meeting at work.
Dates are nature’s candy — they’re sweet, chewy and though I’ve used them in some savory dishes like these crowd-pleasing appetizers or this healthy Moroccan-inspired salad, they’re incontestably at home in snack and dessert recipes.
While I love the flavor of dates — they’re even better with the tangy zip you get when mixed with tart apricots. For protein, blend in raw cashews with the fruit. Scoop out the fruit and nut mixture by the tablespoon and roll them into balls.
For a little extra oomph, give these balls a dusting of coconut flakes. I should mention — that the coconut sticks better if it’s also pulsed a few times in the food processor.
That’s it. Done. Store them in a airtight container in the fridge. Apricot Date Nut Bites are a quick, easy snack with none of the guilt associated with a candy bar and all the reward.
Apricot Date Nut Bites
- 1/2 cup flaked coconut
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 8 dried dates pitted
- 1/2 cup dried apricots
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Add the coconut to the bowl of the food process and pulse until very finely chopped. Transfer coconut to a small bowl and set aside.
- Add the cashews, dates and apricots to the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until very finely chopped.
- Add honey and vanilla and process until it comes together in a smooth paste. Use a tablespoon to measure out even portions of the date paste. Roll the paste into a ball. Continue to roll the rest of the date mixture into balls and rest them on a baking sheet.
- Roll each of the balls in the finely chopped coconut. Serve.
- Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container.
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