Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Cookie Balls


2013/07/20 by nikkiledford

Longest name ever? Maybe. I didn’t want to leave anything out though because all those ingredients are magically delicious. Like Lucky Charms. Except without gluten… and marshmallows. Anyway….

I love coffee. And blueberries. And my new coffee cup.

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I decided to write a weekend post partially because I’ve been so bad at posting regularly that I felt like I should start playing catch-up. The other reason is because I just made these delicious balls and didn’t want to forget how I made them. Win-Win.

I’m always looking for new exciting combinations for the standard “Lara Bar” recipe. You know, dates and nuts plus some fantastic little add-ins. For other versions of this recipe check out my Lemon Apple Bars, Apple Pie Bars, Ginger Date Bars… there are many.


Chocolate Cherry Macadamia Cookie Balls

1 1/4 c. macadamia nuts
1 c. raw cashews
1 1/2 c. dried cherries (unsweetened, unsulfured)
6-7 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 c. dark chocolate chips or chunks
1 inch vanilla bean (scrape the vanilla out of the inside of the bean
salt to taste

  1. Add nuts to a food processor and pulse briefly.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and process until the mixture begins to stick together.
  3. Roll into balls or press into a dish and cut into bars.

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One of the highlights from #blueberryparty weekend was this Almond Butter and Blueberry Bread Pudding.
Gluten free Almond buttter and Blueberry jam sandwiches, chopped up with banana, fresh blueberries, eggs, and coconut milk. Easy! 💙🍞💙🍞💙🍞💙 #unreal #somanynoms #glutenfreebreadpudding ☮️❤️🌿
Peace, Love, and Kale... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me and sweet baby Atlas. I got out of the house this morning and went straight to yoga and then to get my fav smoothie from @projectjuice Let the birthday festivities begin! My little man turns ONE on Monday and we are celebrating with a blueberry picnic tomorrow. Complete with Mango Blueberry Salsa and blue corn chips. The first of many yummy Blueberry-themed noms. 
#blueberryparty #atlasjacobledford #yearoneofatlas MOTHERHOOD// I'm a little embarrassed at the lack of impressive food posts lately.
As Atlas has begun to eat more food, I find myself just munching on things while I prepare his meals, never really sitting down to my own. Breakfast is some eggs and berries. Lunch, some deli meat and @primalkitchenfoods mayo with a banana and almond butter. Dinner usually includes a quickly grilled piece of meat atop some lettuce greens and any chopped veggies and quick dressing. It's not glamorous at all, definitely not "Instagram worthy".
It's just real life right now and I'm hoping to get into a groove pretty soon and get back to  creating mealtimes instead of surviving them. I mean "surviving" in the best possible way. My kid loves to eat real healthy foods and it's so fun to explore this new part of his day. My creativity is taking a big hit though and I long for some real thoughtful meals at my dinner table with my main man.
Until then sausage/salsa/lettuce wraps will do.

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