The response to the snowballs recipe was so terrific that I decided to include another variation that’s definitely much less involved. And if you are a Larabar fan, you’ll really like these and will appreciate not having to recycle those little foil wrappers. Just like the snowballs, these are high in fiber and potassium. One thing I forgot to mention in the snowballs post: these recipes are also gluten-free. We have found that by mainly focusing on whole and homemade foods in our house, we don’t have to be too concerned about gluten. But, I know that some individuals are truly highly sensitive to gluten and need to eliminate it completely. So these are a great on-the-go snack for kids for whom gluten may be a big concern. This recipe uses walnuts, but feel free to substitute pecans, almonds…whatever you have on hand; my sons particularly like these with chopped dried cherries and pecans. And if you are new to dates, pitting is easy: simply put a slice in them with a paring knife and the pit will pop out easily. Anyone know if you can grow dates from those?
about 3 or 4 Tbsp organic unsweetened coconut
14 ounce package organic Medjool dates, pitted
1/4 c walnuts (if you want, you can lightly toast the walnuts), chopped (I typically chop half very finely and leave the other half as small chunks)
Sprinkle about 2 or 3 Tbsp of the coconut in the bottom of a glass 8×8″ square baking dish.
Press the dates into the coconut, covering the entire bottom of the dish.
Quickly mix together the walnuts and the remaining coconut then cover the date layer by giving them a gentle push.
Cut into whatever shape you like. Sometimes we do triangles, squares, rectangles, whatever.