Monday, October 5, 2015

Cherry Bites

This recipe is incredibly simple.  No baking or sugar needed to make this dessert and it is made out of only need 6 ingredients:  cherries, almonds, walnuts, ground cinnamon, a pinch of salt and a splash of water.  It is no secret that I like as few ingredients as possible in my recipes and that I prefer if these simple flavor combination pack a good punch.  These tart cherry bite certainly do!  




Rich and tangy, these cherry bites completely capture those precious personalities with their cute little size and bright fruity flavor.  With the chewy texture of nutty oatmeal cookie dough, these fun bites taste almost as decadent as dessert! 

Ingredients:  
  • 1 1/2 cup dried tart Cherries
  • 1 cup unsalted Almonds
  • 1 cup Walnuts
  • 1 tsp. ground Cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Water

Preparation: 
  1. To start, place all ingredients, except for the tablespoon of water, in a food processor and process about 1 minute, or until ingredients are in small, relatively uniform crumbles.
  2. Next, while the machine is running add the water and mix for a couple more seconds.  The dried cherries and the bit of water act as the glue that holds together these energy bites. 
  3. Then, form the mixture into bite size balls.  It works best you if press a good amount with your fingers to compact it and then you can roll them dough in your hands to form the shape.  Shaping the bites is a slightly messy affair and you’ll end up with some of the mixture stuck to your hands, but the abrasiveness of the cinnamon actually polishes and smoothes you hands... that's a bonus in my book.
  4. Once shaped, store the little round balls in an airtight container.  They’re fine on the counter, but you could also refrigerate them for a few days.
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