Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Put the Lime in the Coconut Cashew Bars and Carrot Cake Balls

I've been having a love affair with my food processor (and nuts and dates) lately, using it to churn out "treats" for my rides and for those long days in the office.  These are definitely treats, given the significant amount of sugar (albeit natural sugars) in them, but a little bit goes a long way in satisfying my sweet tooth or in helping to give me a boost of energy to finish a ride. A few friends have asked for these recipes, so I thought that I would post them here for everyone to enjoy!

"Put the Lime in the Coconut" Cashew Bars

1 cup pitted Medjool dates
1 cup raw cashews
1/3 cup toasted coconut flakes
Juice and zest from one lime
2 tablespoons chia seeds

In a food processor, blend all ingredients until they from into a sticky ball.  Either press the mixture into one half of an 8x8 pan (or maybe a loaf pan), or form into 1 inch balls. Refrigerate until serving. I cut mine into small bars and prepackaged them so that I wouldn't eat the whole pan in one sitting.

Carrot Cake Balls

1 cup pitted Medjool dates
1/2 cup walnuts
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 cup grated carrot (about 1 medium-large carrot)
1/4 cup coconut flakes
Generous shake of cinnamon
Shake of nutmeg
Dash of ground ginger

In a food processor, blend nuts, then add remaining ingredients and blend until they from into a sticky ball.  Form the mixture into 1 inch balls. Refrigerate until serving.


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  2. Holy smokes!! Those both sound amazing!! I need to try them especially for long rides!! You always make good stuff!