date-apricot balls with coconut and cacao nibs recipe
Recipe type: healthy snack
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  • 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • ¾ cup raw almonds, divided
  • pinch salt
  • 6 large Medjool dates, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 6 dried apricot halves, chopped well
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water, depending on how dry your dates and apricots are (unsweetened rice, almond, or soy milk also work)
  • ¼ cup cacao nibs
  1. In a food processor, grind ½ cup almonds with the coconut. Add dates, apricots, salt, and cinnamon, pulsing so that the mixture looks like stone-ground cornmeal.
  2. Roughly chop the remaining almonds and mix in with cacao nibs in a separate small bowl. Then add this into the date mixture, combining well.
  3. Give your almond-date mixture a squeeze. If it stays together fairly well, no need to add water. If the mixture seems dry (falling apart with a squeeze), add in a tablespoon of water and test again. Add up to 2 more tablespoons of water if needed.
  4. Using a #60 ice cream scoop, pack in the mixture then roll each your hands to make uniform balls.
  5. These can be frozen for months or kept in the refrigerator for weeks.
  6. Make 20 balls.
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