Friday, February 24, 2012

Almond-Date Energy . . . thingies

It's been a long time since I've posted, but I am on the GAPS diet and would like to share a snack recipe.
This recipe sort of evolved from one for "coconut sweets" in the GAPS book, but we would add sunflower seeds or almonds, and then found out we preferred them without the coconut.
2 cups almonds
2 cups dates
2-3 tablespoons coconut oil
1/4-1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon (optional but yummy!)
shredded coconut (optional)
1. Blend the almonds in the food processor until finely chopped - they don't have to be like nut flour, but a bit like the crumble topping for a cake
2. Add the dates and blend - this will make a scary sound, but don't worry, your food processor is working fine.
3. Add coconut oil, salt, and cinnamon, and more dates if it isn't very sticky. You can add a bit of shredded coconut here if you have some on hand.
4. Remove lid and blade, and shape into balls. You can do large balls and shape these into bars, but we like them just as balls. You can also press the "dough" into a pan and cut into squares once it's chilled. Don't worry if they are hard to form: they will firm up in the fridge.
5. Refrigerate, and in a few hours you will have a yummy snack!