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These Whole30-approved Cashew Cookie Balls are easy to make and just as delicious as the Larabar that inspired this recipe!If you’ve ever been on the Whole30 program, then you know that some Larabars are allowed as an occasional sweet treat, or better yet, for situations when you’re stuck between meals and need a program-compliant snack to tide you over until your next meal. Those Larabars have saved me on more than one occasion – mostly when I’ve been traveling and the food options at the airport are less than healthy. I’ve tried a number of different Larabar flavors over the last few months since Jack and I started the Whole30, and the basic Cashew Cookie flavor is my favorite. Just cashews and dates – two simple ingredients mixed together as a portable snack that does a great job fending off even the strongest “hangry” feeling! But – as someone who is always looking for ways to save money, I suggested to Jack that we should try making a copycat Larabar recipe – and that’s how these delicious Cashew Cookie Balls came to be! After some experimentation, we found that a ratio of Medjool dates to raw cashews is about 2:1 (in weight, not volume) and a good food processor makes quick work of this Cashew Cookie Balls recipe! After mixing the chopped dates with the chopped cashews, you can press the mixture into a bar (like a Larabar) or you can roll the mixture into balls like we did. And, to make these Cashew Cookie Balls easy to take on the road, we used our seal-a-meal to create individual snack-size portions that we can grab anytime we need a snack for the road! Once sealed, these Cashew Cookie Balls will stay fresh for several weeks.
- 12 ounces raw cashews
- 1 1/2 pounds organic Medjool dates, pitted
- Place raw cashews in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the cashews are chopped into small pieces, but not so much that the nuts are pulverized. Pour chopped nuts into a medium bowl and set aside.
- Using the same food processor, process all of the dates until a thick paste is formed.
- Add the date mixture to the bowl with the chopped cashews and using your hands or a wooden spoon, combine until evenly mixed.
- Using a small scoop, measure out 1-ounce portions, then roll into balls.
- If desired, vacuum seal two cookie balls to a bag for a portable snack.
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