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.