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Date Cashew & Sesame Balls

Date, Cashew & Sesame Balls

Nuts are antioxidant powerhouses. Eating nuts may help reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, lower cholesterol and triglycerides, and reduce inflammation and promote healthy aging. Take these Date, Cashew & Sesame Balls on your next Tahoe adventure!

For a little variation, try making date and mixed nut balls; instead of adding 3 cups of cashews, add 1 cup almonds, 1 cup pecans and 1 cup cashews.

Ingredients
3 Cups raw cashews
1 Cup sesame seeds
3 Cups pitted dates
1 Tablespoon honey (optional)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place cashews and sesame seeds on separate trays and roast for 8-10 minutes.
2. Place dates in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Leave to soak for 2-3 minutes. Drain dates and set aside to cool.
3. Blend roasted cashews in food processor or blender until medium chopped, remove and place in mixing bowl.
4. Place soaked dates, vanilla, and honey (optional) into food processor; mix until finely chopped.
5. Combine date mixture with cashews and mix well with hands.
6. Divide mixture using a tablespoon measure and roll into balls. Coat with roasted sesame seeds. Place in an airtight container and freeze for 2 hours before serving. Serve chilled.

PREP TIME: 20 mins   
FREEZE TIME: 2 hours
MAKES: 24
PER BALL: 192 cal; Protein 4g; Total Fat 12g; Saturated Fat 2g; Carbohydrate 15g; Total Sugars 13g; Fiber 3g; Sodium 5mg; Potassium 229mg; Calcium 17mg; Iron 1.6mg; Zinc 1.4mg


CHIP - Complete Health Improvement ProgramRecipe courtesy of CHIP (Complete Health Improvement Program).

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