Date coconut rolls are soft and easily stuffed with nuts or frosted with nut butter. You can buy the rolls at health-food stores or make them yourself by putting pitted dates through a grinder twice, then shaping the ground dates into small logs and rolling them in unsweetened, sulfite-free coconut. They make a delicious, nutritious, potassium-rich cookie and candy alternative. The combination of dates and lightly toasted pecans reminds us of pecan pie filling! Don’t have a health-food store near you? You can buy date coconut rolls from mail-order sources such as Sun Organic Farm; (888) 269-9888; www.sunorganicfarm.com.
1. Stuff each date roll with 1 tablespoon of whole nuts or nut halves.
2. Serve immediately or cover and pack in a lunch.
One serving (with almonds): 125 calories, 1 g protein, 17 g carbs, 6 g fat, 2 g fiber, 13 mg calcium, 3 sodium
One serving (with pecans): 119 calories, 1 g protein, 18 g carbs, 5 g fat, 2 fiber, 6 mg calcium, 3 mg sodium
Don Matesz has been an avid proponent of alternative medicine and nutrition for more than twenty years. More than two dozen of his articles have appeared in health and fitness magazines. He may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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