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Coconut Cashew Brownie Balls

Need to spice up your snacks throughout the day? This is a recipe you will want to try! I swear they tasted better than brownies when I made them. I probably could have eaten the whole batch, but I had self control. It was really hard to though. I also wanted to make sure my husband tried some of them. It happens pretty regularly that I make something, LOVE IT, and eat all of it before he even gets to try it. Whoops.

On top of being delicious, these little brownie balls are highly nutritious as well. And did I mention they are paleo friendly, gluten free, made with no added sugar, all natural ingredients and take only 5-10 minutes to make once the dates have been soaked? You could take these as a dessert to a party and no one would even notice they were actually good for them. It’s actually one of my favorite things to do is take something healthy I made to a party or friend’s house, let them eat it and then guess what it was made with. It’s my fun way of showing people eating healthy is not boring or bland!! You should try it.

The two main ingredients in this recipe are cashews and dates. Cashews are unique in having a lower fat content and higher protein and carbohydrate content than most other nuts. The fat that is in the cashews is mostly heart protecting and cancer fighting monounsaturated fats. They also are uniquely higher in magnesium, potassium, iron and zinc than most nuts. These are all minerals that tend to be low in many people.

Dates are a natural sweetener since they are naturally higher in sugar. They also are an excellent source of fiber, b-vitamins, copper, potassium, manganese, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, zinc and selenium. Fun fact: In some countries, date pits are roasted, ground, and used as a coffee substitute. (source: The Encyclopedia of Healing Foods, by Michael Murray)

Here is what they turned out to look like! Now go try them for yourself!

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Coconut Cashew Brownie Balls
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Serves: 12
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw unsalted cashews
  • 8 Mejool Dates, pitted and soaked for at least four hours in water (this makes them nice and mushy to easily mash into the ground up cashews)
  • 1 Tbsp. raw honey
  • 2 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • unsweetened coconut flakes, enough to roll and coat balls in
Instructions
  1. Grind up cashews in a blender until nice and fine like a powder
  2. Transfer to a medium sized mixing bowl and mash the soaked dates into the nut blend
  3. add in honey and cocoa powder and mix thoroughly
  4. Form into balls with your hands about half the size of a golf ball to make 12 or larger if you would like
  5. Place rolled balls on pan lined with parchment paper, roll individually in coconut flakes placing them individually back on the parchment paper
  6. Leave out on the counter for a more gooey texture or place in freezer for a harder more solid texture
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 100 Fat: 6.5 Saturated fat: 2.5 Unsaturated fat: 4 Trans fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 9.64 g Sugar: 5 g. Sodium: 2.53 mg Fiber: 1 g Protein: 2.15 g Cholesterol: 0

 


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