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Sunday, December 18, 2011

Natural Sugarplums- Nutcracker's Delight

Mix dates, figs, walnuts, fresh ginger, cinnamon, and lime juice to make a wholesome "sugar plum" with no added sugar.

Little ones enjoy forming the dough into balls, and as a nice finish, rolling each sugar plum in crushed walnuts. Beautiful on a holiday table.

Watch this amazing rendition of "Sugar Plum Fairy" to set the mood!
Glass Harp "Sugar Plum Fairy"

Here's What You Need:

8 dried figs
8 dates
1 cup walnuts
1 cup raisins, (I used golden raisins)
1/2 inch fresh ginger, peeled
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
Juice from 1 lime
crushed walnuts, for rolling

Food processor, or blender

Here's What You Do:

Have your child count out the figs and dates and place them into the food processor, along with the other ingredients.  Process the mixture (an adult's job) until the ingredients are chopped and form a stiff dough.

Turn the mixture into a bowl and show your child how to roll the dough into small balls. (this recipe makes about 15 one inch balls) Roll each ball into crushed walnuts.  Refrigerate until firm and serve. Scrumptious--and good for you, too!

Adapted from a recipe found in:
Raw Food--A Complete Guide for Every Meal of the Day, by Erica Palmcrantz and Irmela Lilja