First off, it’s my 100th post blogiversary. Woohoo! I’d like to take this opportunity to give you a virtual hug and thank you for your support. I’ve had so much fun with this blog where I’ve had the chance to ‘meet’ most of you. You give me inspiration. Thanks for helping make this world a more delicious place
The second piece of good news is Frigidaire and Foodbuzz have teamed up to help inspire families to get cooking. By joining the Frigidaire Kids’ Cooking Academy, you will not only get kid-friendly recipes, tips and how-to videos, but Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children’s U.S. Programs when you visit the Academy. Plus Foodbuzz and Frigidaire are donating $50 for every kid-friendly recipe submitted. How nice is that? Click here to join. Thanks for supporting a great cause!
Now, I’m excited about this recipe. Why? Well, because it truly is an easy, tasty and fun recipe. It’s especially great to make with kids as it does not require baking. Plus it’s dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan so this recipe is suitable for just about all of the little ones, with the exception of those allergic to nuts — sorry. Kids find the date balls fun to prepare because they help shape them into little ‘meat’balls (or other fun shapes) and they can dip them into the coconut flakes.
If you have leftovers, you can either store them in the fridge (they’ll keep for about 5-7 days) or freeze them. Also, I made 15 date balls but if you have very young children you could easily make 30 mini date balls, or even make them into other shapes if you’re concerned about a choking hazard. Hope you like these delicious bites as much as I did
- 1 cup unsalted mixed nuts (1/3 almonds, ⅓ pecans, ⅓ walnuts)
- pinch fine sea salt
- ⅔ cup Medjool dates, pitted
- ⅓ cup dried cherries, unsweetened
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons water
- ¼ cup flaked coconut, unsweetened
- Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place nuts and salt in a food processor or blender; blend until fine. Add dates and cherries and pulse until incorporated.
- Add vanilla and water and pulse for a few seconds, or until the mixture is sticky. Shape mixture into 1-inch smooth balls. Dip date balls into coconut flakes. Place on baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour. Serve cool.
* For a few fun ideas on involving kids with cooking, see my quick tips here.