Heart Healthy Raw Macadamia Cashew Snack Balls

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This recipe is inspired by a recipe in Allyson Kramer’s book, Naturally Lean. These raw little snack balls are like “buttah” and they are a great heart healthy to-go snack for a long car trip or a snack right after school!

All of the ingredients are heart healthy because everything contains magnesium which is super important for heart health and is often depleted in many people. In addition, cashews are full of copper, magnesium and zinc and Vitamins E and K. Macadamia nuts are full of Vitamin A, iron, protein and selenium. Almonds are full of fiber, protein, magnesium and Vitamin E. Dates are full of calcium, fiber, Vitamins A and K.

This recipe makes about 26 snack balls using a 1 tablespoon ice cream scooper.

1 cup cashews
1 cup macadamia nuts
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons almond flour
12 medjool dates, pitted

Place all of the ingredients into the food processor and let it go until everything comes together and the mixture balls up like dough. It should look like this. Don’t go too long or you will have nut butter!

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Squeeze the mixture together with your fingers and if it sticks you are ready to make the balls!

Use the small ice cream scooper and form the snack balls. They might be a little oily but that is the natural oil in the nuts so don’t worry about it!

Place on a plate and then into the refrigerator. In about an hour, they will be cold and sturdy. Store in an air tight container and enjoy at will.

Note: when traveling with these snack balls, they will get a little softer than when eaten right out of the refrigerator. They are great either way!

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