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Nancy’s Cherry Date Coconut Dessert Balls

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Nancy’s Cherry Date Coconut Dessert Balls

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YIELD: 24-30 1-inch Balls / Gluten Free

Prep time: 5 minutes to mix; 10-20 minutes to form balls and roll.

Ingredients

Dates, pitted (soft Medjool dates are best!)                     1 pound

Almond butter, raw                                                            1/3 cup

Cocoa powder, dark chocolate, unsweetened                  1 Tbsp

Cinnamon, ground                                                            2 tsp + more if desired

Cherries, dried, unsweetened, chopped                           ¼ cup

Coconut, dried, unsweetened, shredded                          ¼ cup

Walnuts, raw, chopped                                                     ¼ cup

Pecans, raw, chopped                                                      ¼ cup

Optional: additional ingredients for rolling balls: Pecans or walnuts, chopped

Coconut, dried, unsweetened, shredded Cocoa or carob powder. Amount: As needed

Method:

  1. Puree dates in food processor until thick paste consistency.
  2. Add almond butter, cocoa powder, and cinnamon; pulse until ingredients are blended.
  3. Add in cherries, coconut, and nuts.
  4. Form mixture into1-inch balls using your hands. Place balls on sheet of waxed parchment

paper.

Optional: Roll balls in desired topping.

Serve: on festive dish or platter, plain or inside dessert papers, with or without other bite-sized desserts such as dark-chocolate covered strawberries.

Store: in a cool place in an airtight container or may refrigerate.

© 2016 Nancy Emerson Lombardo, Ph.D. Original recipe by Kristina Scangas and Nancy Emerson Lombardo, PhD, following the Memory Preservation Nutrition® program. Kristina worked with Dr. Emerson Lombardo at the Brain Health and Wellness Center® and is a graduate in nutrition from Simmons College. Kristina is pursuing a career as a primary healthcare provider knowledgeable about nutrition.

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