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Cherry Almond Snowballs

Cherry Almond Snowballs

In my opinion, the best kind of dessert are the ones you don't have to wait countless hours to enjoy. Even though I like the anticipation of having something in the oven and getting the house filled with sweet aromas, sometimes I'm just too impatient! Today's recipe, almond snowballs, has come to my rescue many many times.

I can be impatient when it comes to desserts and sweets. But sometimes you don't have the time or you just simply don't have an oven at home. For all these cases, almond snowballs can be a great option. You can get a fix for your sweet tooth or make a fun dessert to share with your loved ones. 

Almond snowballs are fun and easy to make. They only take about 15 minutes to be ready from the moment you start to the moment you can stuff your face with one, or two or as many as you'd like. I do recommend to let them sit in the fridge for a little while before you serve them. Almond snowballs are delicious either way, but I reckon they taste better when you allow them to chill.

There are many almond snowball recipes out in the vastness of the internet. So to make these ones special I added dried cherries. It's a small addition but it's a little pop of flavour you'll find while you chomping through them. It makes a whole lot of difference. 

Also, I wanted to make a gluten-free dessert. We are using almond flour and other gluten-free ingredients to make this recipe, so it's 100% gluten-free. I did use refined sugar to turn this dessert from plain almond balls into actual almond snowballs. 

It's rare for me to use refined sugar in any of my recipes. But hey, it's the holidays, time to splurge a little bit, even in the kitchen. I figured this recipe could be great as a Christmas treat or to give away as a little something for friends and family. 

This is one of those recipes to keep handy that might get you out of a lot of troubles. Since it's really fast to make, you can take it with you to last-minute invitations. Or, if the craziness of the holidays is getting to you, and you forgot you were supposed to bring the dessert to your work's holiday party! 

Also, since they are pretty much individual servings you can just put them on the table and forget about the cutting, slicing and passing around part. Everyone can just grab an almond snowball whenever they please. 

This year, I'm making little almond snowball baskets as gifts for my son's teachers and some other friends. I think it is better to give away something you've made and put your heart into than just buying something at the store. Also, my son says this is the best recipe I have ever made! Haha! So, if it's approved by him, I can give them away with no hesitation. 

Ingredients
5
Prep time
15 minutes
Total time
Category: Desserts
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp almond flavour
  • 108 g almonds slivered (toasted)
  • 80 g dried cherries (thinly sliced)
  • 2 tbsps icing sugar
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 dash sea salt

Directions

  1. Use a blender and add the liquids, salt and almonds, blend until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Use a bowl and combine the mixture with the cherries.
  3. Use your hands and to form bite size balls, 2 per serving.
  4. It's better to refrigerate the snowballs for about 30 minutes before you use a strainer to sprinkle with icing sugar.
  5. The balls taste best if you serve them chilled, enjoy!

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