Date Caramel Snowballs
Guest post from my pal and chef collaborator Joshna Maharaj
A little sticky, a little crunchy and a lot of YUM! Enjoy this festive treat that allows you to decrease the refined sugar while not losing the great taste.
8 oz dried dates, pitted
3⁄4 cup honey
8 tbsp unsalted butter or coconut oil
2 ½ cups Rice Krispies cereal
½ tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp ground cardamom
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the dates until a chunky paste forms. Scrape the dates into a medium high-sided skillet along with the sugar (or honey) and butter and heat over medium.
Cook until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to bubble, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the Rice Krispies, vanilla, and cardamom. Scrape the mixture into a bowl and let stand until cool enough to handle.
Place the confectioners’ sugar in a medium bowl and set aside. Working quickly while the mixture is warm and with slightly wet hands, pinch off pieces of the date mixture and roll into 1-inch balls. Transfer the balls to the bowl with the confectioners’ sugar as you form them, shake to coat evenly, then transfer to an airtight container.
The medicine on your plate: Honey
Honey has a natural sugar content, but also offers high nutritional value, with over 300 components, including: amino acids, enyzymes, minerals, organic acids, phytonutrients, polyphenols, prebotics and vitamins.
Honey has many therapeutic benefits and has been used medicinally for over 2000 years! Some of its benefits include being antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiviral, antimicrobial, disinfectant, hypotensive, vasdilative and immunomodulating. All in that sweet and sticky little package!
Honey touts a high sugar content but with a low PH which helps prevent microbial growth and can be used both internally and externally.
Good for oral health, gut health and digestion, topically for wound healing in addition to many other skin conditions.
Enjoy this sweet and festive treat…knowing all the extra benefits your get by replacing white sugar with this nutrient packed sticky powerhouse!