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No-Bake Energy Balls MD

1packed cup pitted dates
1 Cup cashews
1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut, plus more to roll in
1 Tbls raw honey or maple syrup
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Pinch of Cardamom

*optional: 1/2 cup dried fruit (goji berries, cranberries or cherries work well)

Place cashews in a food processor and pulse until crumbly, not completely smooth.  Next, add dates, coconut, honey, vanilla, cardamom, and sea salt.  Process until combined. (It will be sticky.) Using a small spoon, scoop out the mixture and roll into bite-sized morsels, forming with your hands.  Roll balls in additional shredded coconut.

Cilantro Lover's Guacamole

2 medium avocados
1 Tbsp lime juice
3 Tbsp finely minced red onion
1/4 cup finely minced cilantro
1/4 tsp chile powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Green tabasco sauce

Peel avocados and dice into pieces.  Place into a bowl and toss with lime juice. Add onion and cilantro to avocado. Add chile powder, salt and tabasco to the bowl.  Using a fork, mash and stir until only small chunks remain. 

Easy Cucumber Guacamole Appetizer Bites

1 large cucumber
1 cup guacamole
chile powder for sprinkling on top

Wash and dry the outside of the cucumber if needed.  Peel off strips of the skin if you like that look, or don't like the taste of the skin.  Cut cucumber into slices about 5/8" thick.  Use a melon baller to carefully scoop out the center of each cucumber slice and create a small cup.

Put the gaucamole into a small bag, then snip off the corner.  Lay cucumber pieces out on a serving dish, scooped side up.  Squeeze guacamole to fill the center.  Sprinkle each one with chile powder to taste.

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