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!


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

Anonymous 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). :}