-14 dates, pitted and soaked in filtered water until soft (the soaking time will depend on how soft or hard your dates are to begin with. I usually soak mine for 6 hours or until super soft)
-4.5 ounces unsweetened shredded coconut (1 cup)
-1 cup sesame seeds (soaked for 10 hours)
-1/2 teaspoon lemon flavor (or to taste, start with 1/4 tsp)
-1 teaspoon lemon zest
1. In food processor fitted with the s-blade, add dates and blend into a paste. Add in lemon flavor, blend.
2. In another bowl, add coconut, well drained sesame seeds, and lemon zest. Mix well.
3. Add date mixture to coconut, sesame seeds, and lemon zest and with clean hands, mix well.
4. Form into little cookies or balls.
5. Place in your dehydrator (on a mesh fitting) and dehydrate at 105 degrees for 24 hours (or more). Crank it up to 135 degrees for the last hour. I know this sounds like a long time, but this low temperature really preserves all the beneficial nutrients. I have no idea how these would work in the oven, but please let me know if you try.
*I put my dehydrator in the laundry room and just forget about it.
*If making the balls, dehydrate 105 degrees for 12-15 hours. They will be soft and chewy.
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