Patriotic Bird Bites and Poppers
Here are some ideas for any 4th of July party you may be hosting or attending. These finger foods are sure to delight any crowd.
- 2 cups walnuts, presoaked and surface-dried in a dehydrator
- 10 Medjool dates, pits removed
- ¼ tsp. vanilla powder or 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- Pinch Celtic sea salt
- Handful of unsweetened shredded coconut
- a few pine nuts for eyes
- a few cashews for beaks
- 3 bananas, peeled
- 2 cups strawberries with stems
- ½ cup blueberries
- lemon juice from ½ lemon
Bird Bites: Blend walnuts, dates, vanilla and salt in a food processor, until well ground, and the dough starts to clump together. Spread coconut on a plate. Form small balls out of the dough, a little smaller than a walnut, and insert a cashew “beak” and pine nuts “eyes” in them. Roll the ball in coconut flakes and set on a plate.
Patriotic Poppers: Wash fruit, cut 2/3 off each strawberry leaving the part with the green stem. Cut bananas into circles and dip them into lemon juice to prevent darkening. Skewer a strawberry, banana circle and a blueberry on a toothpick, and repeat until you run out of fruit. Arrange on a plate. The appetizer is ready!
Note: Preparation time is 40 minutes plus time for soaking and dehydrating.