Mia Rigden made this recipe when she was pregnant, as there is some research indicating that date consumption might be linked to an easier labor (maybe I didn’t eat enough, because it did not work for me, lol). Pregnant or not, dates are high in fiber, and a great alternative to processed candy/sweets. Walnuts and coconut add healthy fats and texture, and the spices—cardamom and cinnamon—give these little treats great flavor and a host of other health benefits.
- Add the dates, walnuts, cinnamon, cardamom and salt to a food processor, and grind until they are well combined and can form a ball. You may need to scrape the sides a few times, but some chunks are ok!
- Put one cup of shredded coconut in a bowl and set aside. Lay some parchment paper down on a cutting board or your countertop, and roll out the date-walnut mixture. I like to roll into logs and cut into one inch bars, but you could also roll these into balls.
- Once you have your desired shape, drop the bars one-by-one into the shredded coconut and coat completely. Repeat with all of the bars, and store in an airtight container until ready to consume. I like to keep these in the fridge, but they can be kept at room temperature as well.
- * If your dates are really hard, you may need to soak them in warm water before adding to the food processor.