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Turkish Delight Snack Bites

Okay, this isn’t anything like actual Turkish Delight candy, but these snack bites do have a fun Turkish flair. And I love The Chronicles of Narnia, so we have a name.

larabar bites

In addition to the usual dates and almonds in you’ll find in my snack bite recipes, I added apricots, cardamom, cinnamon, olive oil, and sesame seeds. I thought I’d use these as a kid-friendly base for introducing some complex flavors to my toddler. I made these right after testing a chocolate batch and did not expect my daughter to like them as much, but when I gave her a “baby sized” snack bite, she said, “Mmmm. That’s a good baby.”

I like the slightly savory flavor that the olive oil gives these, but you can substitute a more neutral tasting oil like sunflower seed or grape seed, if you prefer. I avoid canola and vegetable oils – click here if you want to read more about that.

I’m working on some recipes that taste just like Larabars, but these have a slightly heartier, crunchier texture that I prefer. If you have kids who want a clone of a Larabar, you might want to add a few more dates and puree well.

Printable Version Here
Makes about 18 snack bites

snack bites

Ingredients
15 dates
10 unsulphured apricots (get the brown, not the bright orange ones)
1 c. almonds
1/4 tsp. cardamom
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 T. white sesame seeds
3-4 T. water
1 T. extra virgin olive oil

1. In a food processor, puree the dates, apricots, and almonds.
2. Pulse the spices, sesame seeds, olive oil, and enough water to make the mixture just barely cling together. The moistness of the dates will dictate how much water you need. Remember to pulse and not to puree or you’ll lose the pretty sesame seeds.
3. Using a tablespoon, scoop the mixture out and roll into balls. I press the spoon against the side of the food processor to compact the mixture and make it easier to shape.
4. Eat immediately or leave out on the counter to firm up a bit. Toss in the fridge to firm if you want.

snack bites

Want to see other healthy snacks?


Healthy Toddler Cookies
Kiwi Avocado Guacamole

   

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