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12/20/2013 05:55 EST | Updated 02/19/2014 05:59 EST

These Delicious Holiday Bliss Bites Are So Simple To Make

I think that "bliss" is a very appropriate word to describe these treats, as they're chocolatey, fudgy, and full of wholesome ingredients. So wholesome, even, that not only are they considered a treat, but they're the perfect on-the-go snack -- whether you need an energy boost for a workout, or something to get you through those exhausting holiday shopping days.

I recently started my holiday baking, but on my first go, I didn't end up baking anything at all.

Instead, I took out my favourite appliance -- my food processor -- and just kept adding ingredients and adjusting the spices until my concoction had a "holiday" taste.

I ended up with what I call raw bliss bites -- no baking required!

I think that "bliss" is a very appropriate word to describe these treats, as they're chocolatey, fudgy, and full of wholesome ingredients. So wholesome, even, that not only are they considered a treat, but they're the perfect on-the-go snack -- whether you need an energy boost for a workout, or something to get you through those exhausting holiday shopping days.

Having people over? Your guests will thank you for providing a healthy treat without all the sugar and butter.

holiday bliss bites

Makes: approximately 20 balls

Ingredients:

1/2 cup cashews

3/4 cup pecans

12 whole dates (1-1/2 cups)

3/4 cup dried cranberries

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 cup dark chocolate chips

3 tbsp natural peanut butter

1 tsp ground cinnamon

1/8 tsp ground cloves

1/4 + 1/8 tsp ground ginger

1/4 + 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

Directions:

-Place all ingredients into the large bowl of a food processor and blend for 10-20 seconds or until ingredients are finely minced (but not pureed - do not over-blend)

-Roll into balls with your hands and refrigerate

-Serve!