Kids and AllergiesOctober-November 2013

Fig-Date Balls

MAKES 36 TO 40 BALLS

Halloween goodies photos by Cory Derusseau

Halloween goodies photos by Cory Derusseau

These mini-treats deliver protein and fiber in every bite. Enjoy them without guilt. Vary the flavor and texture with additional ingredients and spices to suit your palate and dietary needs. For an adult-style treat, replace the hot water with an equal amount of hot rum.

2 cups pitted dates
6 dried figs, stems removed
cup ground pepitas*
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, optional
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 tablespoons hot water, more if needed
1 pinch salt
-Unsweetened coconut flakes, for rolling balls, optional
-Cocoa powder, for rolling balls, optional

1. Place dates, figs, ground pepitas, cocoa powder (if desired), coconut oil, hot water and salt into the bowl of a food processor fitted with a knife blade.

2. Pulse until mixture is well combined and comes together in a ball. If necessary, add an additional tablespoon of water, 1 teaspoon at a time.

3. Spread coconut flakes and/or cocoa powder on a plate or a piece of waxed paper.

4. Using 2 teaspoons, form date-fig mixture into small (walnut-size) pieces and drop them into the coconut and/or cocoa powder, if using. Roll coated pieces between your hands to form into balls. Enjoy at room temperature or refrigerate for firmer texture.

Each ball contains 44 calories, 1g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 3mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate, 1g fiber, 1g sugars, 1g protein, 4Est GL.

*TIP Pepitas are shelled raw pumpkin seeds. Process them in a food processer, blender or a clean coffee grinder until finely ground.

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