Are you looking for a healthy snack to pack in lunches, picnics, take on hikes, or to the beach?
Here is a sweet treat that has no added sugar or oil, and is filled with healthy fats, vitamins, minerals (vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, fiber, zinc) antioxidants, and nothing processed. If you have a food processor, you can easily do this.
My daughter, who is now 7, has been eating these since she was a toddler. There are so many ways to create healthier options for your kids. You don’t have to give in to the junk food options that are offered everywhere.
And best of all, your kids will enjoy making these, especially since no baking is involved. You just take the “dough” and form into balls with your hands.
You can also press the dough into a loaf pan lined with parchment paper and cut it into bars, for a more authentic “Larabar.”
These make a delicious sweet treat for those kids and grown-ups looking to reduce their refined sugar intake.
One, two, ok, maybe three balls, will do the trick as an after dinner treat. These do not last very long in our house!
Snickerdoodle Snack Bites
1 cup whole raw cashews
1/2 cup raw almonds
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
10 ounces Medjool dates , pitted (about 1 1/4 cup, tightly packed)
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In the bowl of a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade, grind the cashews, almonds, cinnamon and salt until finely ground. Add in the pitted dates and vanilla and process again until the dough becomes very sticky. (It starts to become a big ball in the food processor.)
- Use a tablespoon to scoop the dough and roll it between your hands to make ball shapes. Arrange the balls on a plate or baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place them in the fridge or freezer to set for one hour. Once the balls have firmed up a bit, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks.