I received free samples of California Walnuts mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Walnuts and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

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.

#AD Want a simple and healthy sweet snack? Try my Ginger-Spiced Date and Coconut Walnut Bites. #WalnutsSweetOrSavory @CaWalnuts #ontheblog Click To Tweet

 

Ginger-Spiced Date & Coconut Walnut Bites

Makes 15 bite-size balls

Ingredients

2 cups dates, pitted

1 cup California walnuts

3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

1 teaspoon ground ginger

A pinch of salt

Directions

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, ginger 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!

Xo,

-Vicki