Cherry-Almond Bran Jingle Balls

It’s time to Deck the Halls with these cute little bite-sized jingle balls.  These are incredibly easy to make and are sure to please your guests this holiday season.  Whether it’s at your Hanukkah table, your Christmas feast or your New Year’s Eve bash…be sure to whip up these adorable cherry almond balls, which are packed with fiber and naturally sweetened with dried cherries, unsweetened coconut and almonds.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups bran flake cereal
  • ¾ cup dried cherries
  • ½ cup almonds, toasted
  • 3 Tbsp. honey or agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp. silken Nasoya Tofu
  • 2 tsp. freshly squeezed orange juice
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 Tbsp. wheat germ

Directions

  • Place bran cereal, cherries and almonds in a food processor and process until finely chopped. Add honey, tofu and orange juice; pulse until a stiff dough forms.
  • Scoop tablespoon-size portions and shape with greased hands into balls. Roll each ball in coconut and wheat germ.
  • Place on wax paper. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before serving or storing.

Product Review: Goji Gourmet

A big thank you to my friend, Allison over at Goji Gourmet for sending me a package of their tasty cookies.  I had the delightful opportunity to meet Allison last week to hear about her exciting new business and taste her deliciously-healthy cookies.

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Goji Gourmet offers a wonderful variety of cookies packed with superfoods and antioxidants!  All of their cookies are handmade, with no refined sugar added, no preservatives, low calorie and all-natural!  These bite-sized snacks are perfect for an evening nibble or for your child’s afternoon treat.

Be sure to check out Goji Gourmet and taste the goodness of their 4 yummy flavors:

Goji Almond Oat

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Goji Cherry Cacao

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Goji Ginger Walnut

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Goji Orange Mint Chip

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My clients and I enjoyed sampling these tasty treats; we snacked on them right out of the cute little bags (which are resealable and easy to toss into your bag for travel).  I decided to use my creativity and introduced the Goji Gourmet cookies to my clients paired with a dollop of Greek yogurt, crumbled atop a fruit and yogurt parfait and used as a crumb topping for my favorite pie and cake recipes.

I love Allison’s unique Goji Gourmet flavors: the combination of Goji berries with almonds and oats is incredibly satisfying and has a nice crunch…the Goji cherry cacao was my favorite, as I loved the raw chocolate taste and dried cherries happen to be my favorite dried fruit.  Goji ginger with walnuts had a nice crunch to them, as well and the touch of ginger was mild, yet added the perfect ‘zing’.   The Goji orange mint with chips were a huge hit with my clients- as it ‘Tasted like mint-chocolate chip ice cream”, they said.

Thank you again, Allison for sending us a fabulous assortment of your delictable cookies.  There’s nothing like enjoying a tasty treat that’s packed with superfoods and antioxidants- they’re mini guilt-free nibbles.  Be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Goji Gourmet, which are popping up everywhere–I assure you–you’ll be hooked on your first little nibble.

Product Review: The Lazy Baker

A big thank you to the kind folks over at The Lazy Baker for sending me a wonderful package of their delicious baking mixes.

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The Lazy Baker’s mission is ‘To help individuals discover their inner baker through the art of lazy baking: a fun, simple and contemporary approach that doesn’t sacrifice quality, taste or your time.”

Each of The Lazy Baker mixes provide you with consistently tasty cookies in no time at all!  We are always looking for ways to streamline our days and make life ‘easier’ for us, so why not give yourself a break from your hectic schedule and try The Lazy Baker cookie mixes in your oven?  Instead of slaving in your kitchen for hours making homemade cookies, The Lazy Baker mixes take just minutes to prepare.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I still love my homemade cookies and I often take the time to make my very own homemade cookies, however, if you are short on time and the baking needs to get done…look no further than The Lazy Baker!

I assure you, they will not disappoint.  These cookies are perfect for a birthday dessert, bachelorette party, dinner party, children’s dessert… the opportunities are endless and the best part is that they taste homemade and not processed as many packaged baking brands do.

My clients and I were  lucky enough to sample The Lazy Baker’s delicious mixes:

Chocolate Chip

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Oatmeal Cherry Raisin Spice

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Double Chocolate Chip

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Brown Sugar Pecan Shortbread

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Gingerbread Cookie Kit

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Cranberry Pistachio Shortbread!

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After sampling these freshly baked, warm and gooey cookies, my clients and I had a hard time deciding which we liked the most…My choice: The Oatmeal Cherry Raisin Spice because it has such a unique flavor and I love the fiber from the oatmeal and antioxidants in the dried cherries and raisins….Yum.

Thank you again to The Lazy Baker for sending my clients and I a generous box of your easy to bake and tasty cookie mixes! We’re looking forward to your gingerbread and cranberry pistachio shortbread flavors!