Wednesday, December 23, 2009

No-Bake Make-Ahead Sweet Treat for the Holidays...

Nut Balls, a mouthful of pure heaven!

Here is all you need to make about 30 of these delicious and nutritious treats:

A Food Processor
2 cups Raisins
6 Pitted Dates
1 cup Unsalted Almonds
1 cup Unsalted Walnuts
1 cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut

Extra or Alternative ingredients: Dried Cranberries, Vanilla or Rum Extract, Carob or Cocoa Powder, Pecans, Cashews, Sunflower Seeds, Sesame Seeds...

Using the "S Blade" on your Food processor, chop the nuts real small first, then add the raisins and dates.

Keep the food processor going until you see that the mixture is getting sticky and ready to roll into balls.

The coconut can be incorporated in the nutball mixture, or you can roll them around in the coconut to make them look more festive.

Mini Baking Cup Papers are perfect to "house" the nutballs.

I have also discovered that using silicon decorative ice-cube trays are wonderful to use to create beautiful shapes like the ones you see in the photo on the right.

After 'mushing' the mixture into the trays, put them in the freezer for at least an hour or two. They pop out easily once they are frozen.

Enjoy, stay healthy, and have a Happy New Year!

1 comment:

Kim, Rambling Family Manager said...

These look delicious; I'm adding them to my Christmas dinner menu. (And I have all of the ingredients on hand so no extra shopping.) :)