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No-Bake Healthy Cake Pops

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Words and Photos by Isabel Aguas

Whether you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth without wasting that workout or having guests over last minute, this 5-step no-bake cake pop recipe is a healthy indulgence sure to please. The best part? Serving dessert in lollipop form saves you from a dishwashing after-party.

Snacking on these clean cake pops is great for maintaining your portions and sugar intake. It’s an awesome mid-day snack or dessert that fuses the energy you get from nuts and the vitamins you get from fruit.

Here’s all you need:

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1 cup of cashews
1 cup of almonds
1 ½ cups of pitted dates or figs
1 tsp of vanilla powder/extract
A pinch of salt

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¼ cup maple syrup
½ cup coconut oil
¾ cup cacao powder
A food processor/blender
A mixing bowl
Skewers or BBQ sticks

A few simple steps:

1. In a food processor, simply combine cashews, almonds, pitted dates or figs, vanilla powder/extract, and salt. Grind until the nuts are powdered and worked into the fruit. A clay-like dough should be formed.

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2. Roll and shape into ping pong-sized balls and attach to a skewer. Pop these in the freezer for an hour. This more effectively mixes the ingredients.

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3. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together your maple syrup, coconut oil, and cacao powder until smooth.

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4. After an hour in the freezer, take the balls out and dip them into the chocolate mixture, coating them evenly.

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5. Refrigerate until the cake pops completely harden. Now, enjoy each guilt-free bite!

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