Inspired by my Cashew Cranberry Cashews and Cocoa Chews, I was just itchin’ to create a new snack that doesn’t include added oil – so I rummaged through the kitchen and found lots more to be inspired by!!
- 2 cups raw cashews
- 2 cups medjool dates (approx 17-20)
- 1 cup dried apricots
- 2 oranges, rind & juice
- 1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 cup sesame seeds
- 2-1/2 cups oatmeal flakes
- 1/2 cup fresh cherries, cut into tiny squares (or use 1/2 cup dried cranberries – I didn’t have any so used cherries instead as I wanted to add flecks of red :-))
Blend cashews in food processor and process until like a find powder. Add dates and apricots and process until well blended. Add rind and juice from oranges, process until well blended (will be very wet). Add pumpkin and sesame seeds and pulse 5-15 times to blend but keeping chunky.
Cashew Chewy Balls
Transfer to a large bowl, add oatmeal and cherries and blend well.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread mixture evenly on cookie sheet, score into squares. Put in the freezer for a few hours to firm up a little and then transfer to dehydrator sheets. You can skip the freezer step, but I find they are easier to handle if the squares are in the freezer first (as they are VERY gooey!). Dehydrate at 105-115 degrees for 8-12 hours to desired chewiness/firmness.
Make about 50 squares.
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