Christmas Cookies Remixed (Steph)

Okay, if you haven’t figured out by now that I have a sweet tooth, I don’t think you are following the blog very carefully.  Health aside, if I could pick food based on taste alone, I would live off chocolate, wine, cheese and bread. (But…, I digress).  Anyway, this time of year, I always want to spend a day baking cookies and an evening or two eating them.  My sweet tooth rages, and I often give into my cravings; my usually healthy kitchen then becomes a clutter of white flour, sprinkles, chocolate chips, butter, and candy canes.

This year I vowed, “No Christmas cookies!”  But still I was left with an unfulfilled sweet tooth and a broken spirit (let’s face it, tradition is so powerful this time of year, and baking ranks right up there with Christmas Eve candlelight service, caroling, looking at Christmas lights, and buying the perfect ornaments for the tree.) So, I have found a solution.  After much perusing of Pinterest and googling “healthy Christmas cookies”, I found several favorite sites and have developed a few of my own recipes.

Today I share with you – Christmas Chocolate Balls. Enjoy!

1/2 cup walnuts (raw)

1/2 cup shredded coconut (unsweetened)

8 oz pitted dates

1 tsp vanilla

3 Tbls raw cacao (preferred)  or 4 Tbls cocoa powder

Use stevia as needed for sweetness (I didn’t use any and thought they were perfectly sweet.)

Put walnuts in blender (you are going to need a high powered work horse if using a blender) or food processor and blend until in little/fine chunks.  Pour in coconut and continue blending.  Add remaining ingredients and finish blending.  Roll into balls and then satisfy your sweet tooth!

This recipe makes about 12-15 balls.  My advice, double or triple the recipe.  These last about 2 minutes in my house.

 

 

One Comment

  1. Toni Cummings
    December 19, 2012

    I decided to try this Christmas cookie recipe because I was curious. Could there be such a thing as a healthy Christmas cookie? Well, I’m here to say, they are amazingly delicious and take just minutes to blend. (The time-consuming part is rolling them into balls!)
    I did make a double recipe and added a bit of cinnamon for a little different taste. Next time, I will probably use less raw cacao (maybe only 21/2 Tbls per single recipe) just because I personally like more of a mild chocolate flavor.
    I did learn a couple of lessons about blending the dates. #1. Since I buy whole pitted dates in bulk, I store them in the refrigerator. When I added the 16 oz. (2 cups) of cold uncut dates, my blender complained. After this, I will make sure they are at room temperature before blending. #2. I will also check the dates for those occasional pits that somehow escape the pitting process! One pit in two cups of dates isn’t too bad, I guess, but I’d rather find it than my blender.
    I find that I must eat these slowly or else I eat too many. They are loaded with fiber and leave me feeling full for a long time if I overdo. They remind me of one flavor of chocolate Lara bars. Hope you enjoy them.

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