Thursday, September 10, 2009

Healthy Snacking Idea

Over Labor Day weekend, we spent some time with our Raw Foodie Friends. We hiked to a natural Rock Slide and let the children have Great Fun sliding down into the pool at the bottom. Of course, we ate together too. I was assigned to bring a sandwich-like food and a dessert.

In my plans, I was going to take the Chocolate Date Nut Balls from the recipe that Andrea shared with us here. But as I pulled out ingredients on Monday morning, I discovered I was totally out of dates. It is very difficult to make Date Balls without dates.

I love to improvise. Really, I do... and this mishap gave me the perfect opportunity. I decided to work with what I had: dehydrated apples. They turned out really yummy and I received compliments on them too!

The only drawback with improvising is that I don't always remember what I did. So this time around, I decided I needed to duplicate them without waiting so long that I couldn't remember. I made them last night for a Bible Study.

So, here's my recipe for Raw Apple Nut Snacks:
(This recipe makes 30 balls.)

Place the following ingredients in a food processor:

  • A packed 3/4 cup of dehydrated apples. (Mine are without chemical preservatives so they look brown.)
  • 1/2 cup of walnuts
  • 1/2 cup of almonds
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower and/or pumpkin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp. freshly ground flax seed (optional)
  • a pinch of sea salt

Process until it looks like a fine meal.

Pour in maple syrup until the mixture sticks together. For me, it took 2-3 Tbsp of maple syrup.

Roll the mixture into 30 balls.

Cover in unsweetened shredded coconut. Chill until serving.

Voila! Pretty easy, healthy snack!

5 comments:

swathi said...

Hi Amy,

Your site has become a must visit for me everyday. I just loved this snack so much. I have some questions. I guess you can't store this in room temperature for days together. If I put it in the refrigerator, how long can they last? What should I do to store it for weeks together? I liked it so much as it has all the healthy stuff in it. Thank You, Amy

Amy Ellen said...

Hi Swathi,

I haven't had the chance to, but I am assuming that these will refrigerate for at least a week or two. All the ingredients keep for quite a while. OR you could freeze them... all of the ingredients, including maple syrup, can be frozen.

Glad to hear you enjoy HBWM!
Amy Ellen

Fruitful Vine2 said...

That's a very healthy snack idea. Stopped by to wish you a great weekend.

lady m said...

Hi Amy Ellen,

I am new to your site, but will become a regular visitor.

You have hit on a very important subject ~ health! Especially the health of our children and ourselves as moms.

Thank you for sharing this recipe. I will try it this weekend for guests.

Many blessings to your day,

lady m

TeresaR said...

These look wonderful and sound so healthful! I'll have to make them. I need to try the original date recipes some time too; dh loves dates (me, I'm not as fond of them). :}