These taste like Larabars
Very Cherry Balls/Bars
- 1/4 cup chopped dates
- 1/4 cup dried cherries
- 1/3 cup whole pecans
- 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
Set out two pieces of plastic wrap for shaping and wrapping the bars. Do this first; you’ll have sticky fingers when you need it.
Place the dates and cherries in a food processor. Pulse until processed to a paste . Transfer paste to a medium bowl (don’t clean processor).
Add the nuts to the processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the nuts, along with the cinnamon, to the bowl with the fruit paste . Use your fingers to knead the nuts into the paste.
Divide mixture in half. Place each half on each of one of the sheets of plastic wrap. Wrap the plastic around each bar and start squishing into a bar shape form, 3 and 1/2 inches long, 1 inch wide and 3/4-inch thick); press against counter top to flatten bottom side, flattening top side and ends with flat of hand (photo 5) Tightly wrap the plastic around each bar and store in the refrigerator. Makes 2 bars.
I rolled mine into little balls instead of bars
Yield: 2 Servings Servings Size half the recipe
Per Serving: 242 Calories; 13g Fat (43.2% calories from fat); 2g Protein; 35g Carbohydrate; 4g Dietary Fiber; 0mg Cholesterol; 3mg Sodium.
I also made these two variations.
Cashew Cookie Dough: Reverse the proportions of fruit to nuts–Use 1/3 cup dates for the fruit and 1/2 cup raw cashews for the nuts.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Same as cashew cookie dough, but add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, pinch of cinnamon and 1/2 ounce very finely chopped semisweet or bittersweet chocolate to the mix.
Recipe Adapted from Enlightened Cooking Blog