Thursday, December 6, 2012

Mini Date Granola Balls

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Mini Date Granola Balls

A simple snack that my fab four love to devour after a long day of school.

Easy. Delicious. Nutritious.

4 cups rolled oats
1 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut flakes
1/2 cup sunflower seeds
8 dates (soaked, pit removed, and chopped)
1/2 cup coconut palm sugar
1/2 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  2. In a large bowl, combine the rolled oats, coconut flakes, cinnamon, salt, vanilla and sunflower seeds.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, combine the coconut palm sugar, coconut oil, dates, and maple syrup.  Let the mixture come to a soft boil and stir with a wooden spoon until incorporated.  Do not allow the mixture to boil for a long time.  1 minute is enough.
  4. Pour hot mixture over the dried ingredients.  Stir until combined. Mixture will be very sticky.
  5. Spread oat mixture evenly in a square baking dish.
  6. Bake for 2o minutes, or until just barely browned on top. Remove immediately from heat and allow to cool.  
  7. Cut room temperature mixture into 12 bars. When mixture is warm to the touch take a square and divide it into two pieces.  Use your palms to roll them into small balls. Store in an air-tight container  if they last long enough.  

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