Looking for an easy and healthy quarantine snack?
Well, by now you are snug as a rug at home or maybe you’re climbing the walls? I have my days, believe me. I can’t make food fast enough and my family is in the kitchen gobbling it up. Well, I guess it’s good that everyone still has a healthy appetite. We have to be grateful for the things that are working well in life, right?
When it comes to snacks I love S W E E T treats, however I don’t want a lot of added sugar. I’ve got a super simple sweet treat that melts in your mouth and contains no added sugar and is jam-packed healthy, omega-3 fats, as well as protein and fiber.
A handful of California walnuts is a versatile snack and can satisfy any taste preference, from savory to sweet. Regardless of your flavor preference, walnuts are the only nut to provide an excellent source of the plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, ALA with 2.5 grams per ounce.
Fun nutrition facts! An ounce or 7 whole California walnuts there’s 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber, as well as 2.5 grams of the plant-based omega-3, alpha linoleic acid. That’s all good stuff!
The best part of this recipe is that it’s super easy to assemble – no cooking required. Plus, it’s portion-controlled and only takes six simple ingredients and a food processor – and it’s made in minutes. During these shelter-in-place days, it’s great to have simple treats to whip up with your family, right? This is a good one to try!
I love D A T E S as they are nature’s candy to me. I pop a plain date in my mouth for a sweet treat any time of day. They are filled with fiber and potassium, which bodes well for your total body wellness – your heart, brain, cell and gut health.Want a simple and healthy sweet snack? Try my Spiced Date and Coconut Walnut Bites. #WalnutsSweetOrSavory @CaWalnuts #ontheblog Click To Tweet
Spiced Date Coconut Walnut Bites
Makes 15 bite-size balls
2 cups dates, pitted
1 cup California walnuts
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon garam masala spice blend
A pinch of salt
Put the dates and walnuts into a food processor and pulse together. Add 1/2 cup of coconut (reserve the remaining 1/4 cup for coating), vanilla, garam masala and salt; pulse together until coarsely blended.
Scoop a tablespoon of the mixture into your hands and roll into a ball with your palms. Repeat until the mixture is gone. Dip each ball into the remaining 1/4 cup of coconut to lightly coat. Place them in the refrigerator for an hour. Serve them up to family and share the recipe at your next virtual get-together. ;-
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Enjoy eating simply and stay safe and well!