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Heart-healthy cranberry pecan energy balls


2 cups unsalted pecans
1 cup dried dates, pitted, roughly chopped
3/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 teaspoon each, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg
3/4 cup unsweetened, shredded coconut


  • Place pecans, dates, cranberries and spices in a food processor bowl fitted with an "s" blade.
  • Process for at least 1 minute, pausing and pulsing as needed to break down mixture.
  • Once mixture has become thick and sticky, begin rolling into small, 1-inch balls.
  • Roll balls in shredded coconut and store at room temperature for up to 3 days or in the refrigerator for up to a week.

In a hurry? Simply transfer mixture to a 9-inch by 9-inch baking dish and press into an even layer. Top with coconut. Refrigerate for 1 hour, remove and cut into squares for energy bars on the go.

Nutrition information: 9g total fat (2g saturated fat), 13g carbohydrates, 3g fiber, 1mg sodium.

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Categories: Recipes, Heart health