Date and Cashew Balls
3/4 cup raw unsalted cashews*
10 Medjool dates, pitted
1/2 cup unsweetened cacao or cocoa powder, plus additional, optional
1 tsp flax meal
1. Soak cashews in 1/4 cup water for 10 minutes.
2. To a food processor, add cashews (including water), dates, cacao, and flax meal; process until mixture forms a firm dough, about 2 minutes.
3. Remove dough and form into bite-size balls by rolling between moistened hands. If desired, roll in additional cacao.
4. Refrigerate for 15 to 20 minutes before serving to allow the balls to firm up, or place balls in a resealable bag and freeze for future use.
*NOTE: Walnuts, hazelnuts or almonds can be substituted for the cashews, if preferred. The dates can also be replaced by dried figs or cranberries.