by Alissa Segersten, Cookbook Author and Food Blogger
If you are in the mood for a sweet snack, this recipe can be whipped up within 10 minutes! I like to have a container of some sort of nut-date ball in the refrigerator for my children to pack in their school lunches. One ball serves as a sweet treat and also a good dose of protein and healthy fat.
Recipe reprinted with permission from Nourishing Meals (October, 2016). Photo by Alissa Segersten.
Keep a stash of these healthful treats on hand.
Cashew Orange Date Balls
Yield: 1 dozen balls
vegan • gluten-free • no refined sugar
- 1 1/2 cups raw cashews
- 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, softened
- 1 teaspoon orange zest
- pinch sea salt
- unsweetened shredded coconut
- Place the cashews into a food processor fitted with the “s” blade. Process until very finely ground, then add the dates, melted coconut oil, orange zest, and salt. Process again until the dates are very finely ground and the mixture begins to form a ball.
- Take small handfuls of the cashew-date mixture and form small balls. Roll each ball in the shredded coconut. Transfer to a glass storage container and place in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
About the Author
Alissa Segersten holds a Bachelor of Science in Nutrition from Bastyr University. She is the founder of Whole Life Nutrition and Nourishing Meals, the mother of five children, a whole-foods cooking instructor, professional recipe developer, and cookbook author. She is passionate about helping others find a diet that will truly nourish them, and offers elimination diet recipes, healthy gluten-free recipes, and paleo and vegan recipes, as well as tips for feeding your family a nourishing, whole-foods diet.