I’m hosting BSI this week + Guest recipe from Snack-Girl.com

I have to thank Sandhya at www.sandhyas-kitchen.blogspot.com for passing the BSI torch to me! For those of you who aren’t familiar, BSI stands for “Blogger Secret Ingredient” and whoever is hosting gets to choose the ingredient and anyone can enter (even if you don’t have a blog) and I choose the winner out of all the entries.

So far, this has been going on for 96 weeks!! It’s been all over the world, most recently in India, and people have made some incredible dishes!

For the complete rules and all the people who have entered, please visit my sister’s blog HERE to read the rules and the ingredients that have been chosen so far.

So, I was trying to think of something that hasn’t been used before and I choose…….PORK! You can create any kind of dish, an appetizer, a crock pot recipe, whatever you want as long as it has pork in it.

You have until THIS SUNDAY, October 3rd to enter, you can e-mail me your dish + pictures if you have them to slim-shoppin@comcast.net.

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Now on to today’s guest post! I have a new blogger friend Lisa who has a great site called Snack-Girl! She comes up with great snack ideas that are healthy and fun. She shared with me the following recipe which is awesome and easy to make. So without further ado, here is the guest post today!

Don't these look yummy?!

Guest post from Snack Girl:

Is it possible to create a healthy brownie? A regular brownie contains oodles of butter, sugar, eggs, and chocolate. They are a confection of MEGA calorific proportions and should be eaten as a treat.

But, if you have a food processor, you can whip something up in minutes that tastes delicious. The key is to use healthy replacements for the butter, eggs, and sugar. In this recipe, which I created in my test kitchen (ahem, my kitchen), I used dates and almonds.

You can find dates next to the raisins in most grocery stores (I bet you haven’t even noticed them).

Roasted almonds are just one choice for this recipe. You could use raw nuts or any kind of nut that you like. I used roasted because roasting makes the almond taste stronger.

I rolled these balls in confectioner’s sugar and cocoa. My tasters (friends) thought that the cocoa ones were too bitter. I actually liked them better, so give them both a try. You can add more honey if you find these lacking in sweetness.

These would be a great party snack too! You can make them ahead and just artfully arrange them on a plate. Or do what I did, and just put them on a plate :)

These brownie balls are gluten-free so you can serve them at snack time for the kids with wheat allergies. Kids will also love making these as they get to use their hands in making them.

To make these brownie balls vegan – use maple syrup or agave syrup.

No-Bake Brownie Balls
(15 balls)
15 pitted dates
2/3 cup cocoa powder (plus extra for dusting)
1 cup roasted almonds (no salt added)
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons water
confectioner’s sugar (optional)

Add almonds to food processor and pulse until ground. Add dates, cocoa powder, honey, and water. Mix until it just forms a sticky mass. Wash hands and attempt to make a ball with the dough (it may need more water to get to the perfect consistency). Put a tablespoon of cocoa or confectioner’s sugar on a plate. Roll balls in your hand and then roll in sugar or cocoa (or both). Eat! These can be store in the fridge for a week.

Bio: Lisa Cain, Ph.D. writes about healthy snacks on Snack-Girl.com. She is a published author, mother of two, and avid snacker.

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Thanks so much Lisa for sharing this recipe with my readers, I’m sure it will be a big hit!

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