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Sweet Cranberry-Pecan Date Balls (Sugar-Free)

cranberrypecan_date_ballsRecipe submitted by Cynthia S. for the Mambolicious Recipe Contest 2009.

These date balls get their zing from the juice, pulp and peel of a whole orange, and are festively coated in sesame seeds.

Ingredients:

  • Equal Exchange Roasted Salted Pecans, 5 oz. bag
  • Equal Exchange Organic Dried Cranberries, 5 oz. bag
  • 1 organic orange
  • 10 oz. pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3 oz. sesame seeds
Directions:
  1. Peel and de-seed orange, and mince peel.
  2. Spread minced peel on a parchment-lined tray and bake in a 200° F oven until dry, approximately 10 minutes.
  3. Puree dates, orange pulp, and water in a blender, and scoop into a mixing bowl.
  4. Roughly chop pecans and cranberries.
  5. Add pecans, cranberries, and orange peels to mixture and stir.
  6. Form mixture into 16 balls, then roll balls in sesame seeds.
  7. Put balls on a parchment-lined tray and bake in a 200° F oven for 1 hour. Refrigerate at least 1 hour and serve chilled.

Chef’s Note: As the peel of the orange is included in these date balls, organic oranges are preferred.
Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 mins.
Prep Time: 15 mins.
Number of Servings: 16

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