If you like Key lime pie and coconut, you will definitely love these! This is a no-bake, raw food and it's pretty simple to make. You can whip this up in less than 15 minutes if you have all the ingredients. You only need a food processor.
Key Lime Snowballs
1 cup raw cashews or raw walnuts
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
1 1/2 TBS Key lime juice or lime juice
1/2 tsp lime zest
6 large medjool dates, pitted
1 tsp vanilla extract, or 1/2 of vanilla bean
3 TBS maple syrup (the REAL stuff)
Extra shredded coconut to roll dough balls in
In food processor, grind nuts fine. Add remaining ingredients and process until thick and starts to form a dough ball. Roll dough into small balls (if dough seems too sticky, either add more coconut or slightly wet your hands). In a small bowl, roll dough-ball into shredded coconut to cover completely. Repeat until all dough is gone. Refrigerate a few hours to firm up. Eat chilled for best results!
Notes on dates: I like to soak the medjool dates in warm water to soften them if they seem a little dry. Just soak for about 10 minutes and drain. This helps them to process a lot easier. If you have fresh, humongous dates, than cut it down to 5 dates in this recipe.
Notes on other ingredients: I highly recommend using raw nuts. You can find raw nuts at a local health food store or order them online. I also recommend using real maple syrup, not that other maple-flavored sugar stuff.