Healthy Holiday Snow Balls

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We decided to make these after school today and with my niece here it was an easy job for me as I pretty much just set her up and watched her roll them.

The original recipe is from a local holistic health coach (Michelle MacLean http://www.michelle-maclean.com).  She posted it in her weekly newspaper write-up.

Makes 24 balls (ours are about an inch wide)

  • 1/2 cup walnuts (we used pecans)
  • 1/2 cup fresh dates with pits removed
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
  • 1/2 cup whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup almond butter
  • 20-24 whole almonds for stuffing
  • shredded unsweetened coconut-for rolling
  1. Place walnuts (or pecans) in a food processor and process until coarsely ground. Add the dates, and pulse until well combined with the nuts.  Add cocoa powder, maple syrup, vanilla extract and sea salt.
  2. Process until mixture is thick and smooth.
  3. Add almonds and pulse a few times until combined but left in coarse fine chunks.
  4. Add almond butter and mix well.
  5. Form mixture into golf-size (or smaller) balls with your hands placing one whole almond in the center of each ball.
  6. Roll each ball in the coconut.
  7. Place in a sealed container in the freezer until hardened.
  8. Enjoy them straight from the freezer!

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