I never thought I would be inspired by an airport. Stressed? Yes. Dehydrated? Yes. Inspired? Unlikely. That is until our recent visits to Turks and Caicos and Arizona, both of which departed from the lovely (by airport standards) JetBlue terminal at JFK.
Although I always pack my own snacks while traveling I do like to check out the airport stores to see what healthy options they have. Knowing not everyone travels with a mini-cooler, this gives me ideas to share with my friends and clients when they are on the road/in the air.
It was at JFK that I discovered Simple Squares. These savory-sweet, nut and honey treats are free of wheat, gluten, dairy, soy and refined sugar. I picked up a few to try and was delighted with how satisfying, simple, clean, and just sweet enough they were.
Sadly I have not been able to find these delicious treats anywhere in NYC other than the airport. Yet. So, the other day I decided to make my own sweet treat inspired by Simple Squares. These delicious little bites are incredibly easy to make and last quite awhile in the fridge.
I have to admit I was struggling for awhile with what to call these. Anything with the word “balls” in the name is less than appealing to me.
Then the other night Doug asked me, “do we have any of those donut holes left?”
“The little balls that were in the fridge.”
“Oh, those… baby, those aren’t donut holes.”
And so the Rosemary Donut Hole was named. Thanks honey!
Rosemary Donut Holes
- 1 cup almonds
- 1/2 cup dried unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup raw honey
- 3 springs of rosemary de-sprigged
- pinch of sea salt
- Pulse almonds in food processor for a few seconds until they are broken into smaller pieces
- Add all other ingredients and let food processor run until a sticky “dough” is formed
- Using your hands pinch off small pieces of the “dough” and roll into balls
- Allow to set in refrigerator or eat immediately!