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Christmas Date-Nut Balls

Servings 1 1/2 dozen


  • 13-14 fresh dates pitted
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 teaspoon fresh orange zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup walnuts


  • Combine dates, coconut oil, salt, vanilla, orange zest, and cinnamon in the container of a food processor or blender. Pulse until mixture almost forms a paste.
  • Add cranberries, pecans, and walnuts. Pulse until nuts are very coarsely chopped. Stir with a spatula to combine, if needed.
  • Form balls with greased hands with slightly heaping tablespoonfuls of mixture. Store in refrigerator.