These little balls of heaven taste so good you won’t want to share them with your friends or family but they will love you for it if you do! There is no added sugar or anything fake in them and you can eat more than one without feeling too guilty. Nuts of course have fat in them but if you share you won’t eat more than you should. You can feel indulgent without buying some packaged candy that has colors, sugar and artificial this or that in it. Mix and match your nuts to your taste preference and use what ever liquid sweetener you like best to slightly adjust the flavor. they can be completely RAW if you do not toast the sesame seeds.
Makes 18-20 balls
12 pitted dates
1 cup various nuts of your choice (I like to mix pecans, almonds and cashews)
1 Tablespoon liquid sweetener (I use maple syrup but you really don’t need extra sweetener-dates are sweet enough on their own)
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3-4 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Optional topping :
Put all the ingredients except the sesame seeds or coconut into a large food processor and blend until pretty smooth or until it won’t mix anymore. You will have to stop periodically to push down the sides to get it all to mix together well.
Wet your hands and scoop out enough mix to make a bite size ball, roll it in your wet hands and place on a large plate. Continue to roll all of the mix until it is gone, moistening your hands occasionally so they don’t get too sticky.
Toast your sesame seeds in a non stick pan until slightly browned and pour onto a small plate.
Roll your balls in the sesame seeds until well coated and place back onto your large plate. If you prefer the coconut then roll the balls in that and place back on your plate. These can be eaten right away or chilled in the fridge. ENJOY!