If you think Larabars are good, wait until you try my balls.
I made these for Thanksgiving, because my cousin has food allergies and wouldn’t be able to enjoy my famous lemon tart. They were so good she had to smack off everyone else’s hands from taking them all.
You’ll find a lot of similar recipes to this floating around. That’s because dates and nuts come in perfect harmony together, making a great, energizing snack that’s portable and delicious.
If you’re going to make these, I recommend buying your ingredients at a Middle Eastern grocery store. I’ve always found this is the best place to get a good deal on nuts and dates (that are used in many Middle Eastern desserts).
At a little store in our Greek neighbourhood in Toronto, I found cheap bulk nuts, as well as these dates for $1.99, and this solid date bar for 99 cents. I’ve been eyeing this date bar for months. It’s basically a solid block of dates, no pits, with almonds.
This bar in itself would be great to have in your purse for energy- and at 99 cents you can’t go wrong! It also was great for using in these balls, because I didn’t have to remove any pits! I just chopped it up and was ready for action.
I would normally use whole almonds in this recipe, but since I had leftover pulp from making my own almond milk (mind blowing) I decided to use the pulp in these balls as well. Waste not want not!
For my lemons I used Meyer lemons, which are the sweetest lemon you can find! Some people chop them up whole and use them in salads they are so sweet. Aren’t they beautiful too?
Since my food processor is small, I blended all of my ingredients in two shifts.
Once it was smooth as putty, I set up a ball making station, rolled them in my hands, dipped them in coconut, and admired the results.
These lemon bliss bars ARE blissful. They’re also great for dessert, breakfast, a snack, and even running fuel! Dates and nuts are a great energizing snack, and if you buy them at the right places, they’re cheap too!
[box]Lemon Bliss Balls
- 1 cup raw cashews
- 1/2 cup raw almonds (or leftover pulp from almond milk)
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
- 2 lemons zested and squeezed
- aprox. 10 dates (or to desired consistency)
- Blend in a food processor.
- Roll into balls and dip into coconut.
- Store in the refrigerator. [/box]