Cherry Almond Balls

I really like raw desserts – no baking, just whole ingredients and no refined sugar.  I made these to satisfy a sweet tooth and really liked them. They are both tart from the dried cherries and have a marzipan flavour from the almonds and almond extract.  So good!

Raw Cherry Almond Balls

1½ cups pitted dates
½ cup almonds (not smoked or roasted, just plain and raw)
¾ cup dried cherries
¼ cup unsweetened coconut shreds
½ tsp almond extract (optional)
A pinch of sea salt
Put almonds in food processor and pulse a bit to break them up, but not turn them into almond meal.  Add the dates and pulse again to incorporate.  Add the cherries, coconut, almond extract and salt and process until finely chopped and fully combined.  
Roll 1″ balls of the mixture, packing tightly, and place on a plate.  Place plate in fridge and chill until firm.  
– Crystal