As we all know, there is no one that likes sweets more than kids. And as my daughter, Virna, turns three years old, I am using this Christmas as an opportunity to teach her that you can still satisfy your sweet tooth without having them fall out. To be honest, I love milk and cookies as much as the big guy up at the North Pole, but I believe it’s important that we show our children that sweet, decadent snacks can be nourishing too.
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Place dates in bowl with boiling water and tsp. of baking soda. Let sit for 5-10 minutes, until softened. In a blender, add dates, 1 cup of the water and pecans. Blend until combined, about 2-3 minutes. Mixture will be slightly chunky. Pour mixture into a bowl and add butter, coconut, honey and salt.
Place in the refrigerator and allow to cool for 30 minutes. Line a sheet tray with parchment. With slightly damp hands, roll balls of the mixture and line on sheet tray. Place balls back in the refrigerator to chill for an additional 20-30 minutes. Melt chocolate over a double boiler and stir in peppermint extract. Dip balls one by one and place back on sheet tray. Top with additional coconut or sea salt. Store in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes before serving.