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How to Make Healthy Cashew Treats

Sometimes called mignardises, these protein-rich cashew treats are typically served in high-end restaurants. With this recipe, you don't need a big wallet to enjoy the best mignardises around. Just a few balls goes a long way, so plan on making just a few balls per person. If you have leftovers, keep in mind that they freeze well; simply let them thaw out for about ten minutes before devouring.


Feel free to play around and substitute with similar ingredients; for example, if you don't have easy access to cashews or cashew butter, try using pecans or almond butter instead.


Ingredients you will need:

1 cup raw cashew butter (or the equivalent in freshly ground raw cashews)
1/2 cup maple syrup or raw honey
3/4 cup raw cocoa powder
Seeds from 1 vanilla bean
Pinch of sea salt (optional)
Any coatings that you enjoy, like shredded coconut, sesame seeds, chocolate nibs, or more chocolate powder


1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.



2. Pour mixture into a bowl, cover, and refrigerate for 4 hours.

3. Use your hands or a melon baller to make small balls out of mixture.

4. Roll balls in shredded coconut, sesame seeds, or any other coating that you enjoy - anything goes, so don't hesitate to bring out chopped dried fruit or your favorite spices.



Enjoy these healthy cashew treats!


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Cashew Mignardises Recipe

This recipe was adapted from a similar version found in: Great Chefs Cook Vegan


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