Date Paste

imageDate Paste

2 cups date pellets*

1 cup hot water

Place date pellets in a bowl and cover with hot water. After 30 minutes drain off excess water and blend thoroughly in blender or food processor. Store in a covered container in fridge. I have kept this for up to 5 weeks in the fridge.

*I prefer to use date pellets to make date paste, because they are usually far less expensive than whole dates, and since I blend them up they work perfectly. I usually find them in bulk bins at Sprouts, or similar. I have a delicious treat using whole dates coming up soon. Can you handle the suspense?!? (haha)

Cashew Bliss Balls

imageCashew Bliss Balls

1 1/2 cups cashews, or 1 cup cashew butter

3/4 cup date paste

2 tablespoons cocoa

1 teaspoon vanilla

1/2 cup unsweetened coconut, plus more for rolling

In a food processor blend cashews for several minutes, until they become cashew butter. Then add date paste, cocoa, vanilla, and coconut process until well mixed. Form into small balls and roll in additional coconut, put in a covered container and keep in refrigerator. They keep for up to 10 days.

These were my favorite treat after I quit refined sugar. I love to keep them stocked in the fridge for those nights that I am hanging out with my husband, or afternoon snacks with a smoothie or fruit.