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Healthy snacking: Tempt yourself with almond date and coconut balls

Snacks are nice to have around especially if they have a healthy twist to them. Dates are a great little fruit many don’t think to pick up at the grocery store when shopping; they are delicious, healthy, full of vitamins and have a wonderful chewy texture.

Another healthy snack idea - almonds and coconut!
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There is only four ingredients needed to make this fruit yet candy-like little snack. The light dusting of cocoa powder even has chocolate locers passing on the candy bars for a few date balls when a healthier snack is being served.


  • 24 pitted dates
  • 1 cup of toasted, slivered almonds
  • 4 teaspoons of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2/3 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut


  1. In a medium mixing bowl soak the dates in warm water, enough to just cover them for 1 hour.
  2. Then drain the dates and puree them in a food processor until smooth.
  3. Add in the cocoa powder and almonds and pulse the mixture until just combined.
  4. Shape the date mixture into small bite-size balls and roll them in the shredded coconut.
  5. Place the date balls into a serving platter and they are ready to serve.
  6. Enjoy!


  • Store left-overs in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

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Jackson residents can shop at any of these local grocery stores: Pick’n Save or Wal-mart for all the ingredients needed for this recipe.

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