These little treasures come from one of my favorite books on plant-based nutrition. Disease Proof Your Child by Joel Fuhrman, M.D. really helped me understand how to live a plant-based whole food diet and be sure that the kids are getting everything they need. Coconut Date Nut Balls (or rolls, depending upon how you shape them) are so easy and delicious, not to mention nutritious (as far as sweets go). There is no added sugar here. All of the sweetness comes from the natural sugars found in the dates. Try tucking them into little paper candy wrappers for a real special treat.
1 cup dates, finely chopped – If you have the time, try soaking the dates in water for few hours or overnight to make them softer. Be sure to drain well before using.
scant 1/4 cup each of the following, finely chopped
- raw cashews
- raw walnuts
- raw almonds
- raw sunflower seeds
¼ cup unsweetened coconut
Place ingredients in a large bowl and use clean hands to knead the ingredients together. Roll into walnut-sized balls and arrange on a plate. Store in the refrigerator, in an air-tight container, until ready to eat.