Salty Sweet Date Nut Balls

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I know, it’s hard to decide which looks more delicious.. A scruffy Ryan Gosling in his cute specs or some energy packed raw date balls, but seeing as you’ll probably never get Ry-Ry.. Let’s talk date nut truffles.

Salty Sweet Date Nut Balls

3/4 cup raw walnuts
3/4 cup raw pecans
1/2 cup raw macadamia nuts
9 medjool dates, pitted (if your dates are kind of firm, let them sit in a bowl of water for 10-20 minutes to soften before using)
2 tbsp virgin coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut

In a food processor, add in all nuts and process until they are in small chunks.

Add in dates, coconut oil, vanilla, sea salt & coconut. Process until the mixture becomes sticky and batter appears uniform.

I prefer my truffles with some chunkier nut pieces so I will process the nuts, put them in a separate bowl & then process the other ingredients together until they are somewhat broken down. Then I will mix all of the ingredients together by hand in a bowl. This is a personal preference thing though! They taste delicious either way. 🙂

Roll ping pong sized clumps of the batter into balls and place into a glass storage container. Pop them into the freezer to harden up before eating. Not completely necessary.. But they are my favorite this way.

Depending on how much of the batter you gobble up in the making of these little treats, you should end up with ~12-15 yummy morsels.

Or…..

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One of my favorite things to do is roll little bitty sized balls, freeze ’em up and toss them into smoothies or banana ice cream for some extra texture. A healthier version of “cookie dough ice cream”, if you will. 😉

Enjoy!

 

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