My Holiday Date Nut Balls have stirred up some interest so I decided I would put them and the Cranberry Salad in a post all by themselves. The balls are on the recipe page, too, and someday I’ll do illustrated recipes but not tonight.
Holiday Date Nut Balls
1/2 lub medjool dates, remove pits (DUH!)
Juice of one large orange
1 Cup chopped pecans
1 Cup unsweetened dessicated shredded coconut
Zest of one large orange
Cinnamon to taste if desired
Additional finely chopped pecans and coconut, mixed
Put dates, OJ and cinnamon (optional) in food processor and run until smooth. Put in a bowl. Mix in chopped pecans, coconut and orange zest. Refrigerate for four hours or overnight. Taste and add more coconut if it’s too sweet. To make the balls, break off walnut sized pieces and roll between your palms to make little orbs. Roll in the additional pecans and coconut. Store covered in the refrigerator.
Now, a note. If you’ve been reading my weekly updates, you’ll know my first batch was too sweet. I increased the amount of coconut in the recipe but you might want it even less sweet. If you do, add more coconut and/or nuts. You might need to add more liquid, too. You can use either water or more OJ. Just add it a little at a time until you can form the balls easily.
Cranberry Orange Salad
This is a variation of the Cranberry Orange Relish that’s on the recipe page.
One 12 ozzie bag of fresh raw cranberries
One orange (size 56), juiced with pulp
Raw organic agave nectar
Chia seeds to thicken it
Cinnamon, if desired
There’s no measuring. Put the first two ingredients plus the cinnamon (optional) in the food processor and run until fairly well chopped up. Add agave nectar to taste. Pour into a bowl. Mix in the zest from the orange (I zest the orange and then juice it) and the chia seeds. I didn’t measure the seeds, either. Depending on where you get them, the seeds thicken differently so just wing it. Refrigerate for several hours or overnight, then add the pecans. Taste again and add more agave nectar if needed.
Note: If cranberry dishes go over well at your house, this should be licked up. Otherwise, you might want to mix the nuts with only the portion you know will be eaten. It’s a shame to throw away good nuts but cranberries are a must this time of year!