My brother has his mind in the gutter at the mention of these, but you know I mean round, edible things that have dates in them, right? OK… moving on.
I’ve been making date balls for awhile now, but when my BFF Angela came to visit me, she gave me her recipe. I have combined the two and come up with something super yum, with lots of variations. Not only are these a delicious, sweet snack, but they are filling (with loads of protein) and good for you, too. There will be no photo. Just picture a ball, covered in coconut or Rice Krispies. That’s pretty much it.
Date Balls (dedicated to two Angela’s: my BFF, and my craft-show-partner-in-crime, who is waiting for this post!)
- 1 cup pitted dates (quality does make a difference! The super soft honey dates are reeeeally good in this recipe)
- 1 cup walnuts
- 1/4 cup almonds
- 1/4 cup ground flax seed
- 1/4 cup hazelnut butter (or other nut butter)
- 1/4 of a small banana or less
- hazelnuts or cashews for inside – optional
- shredded coconut or crushed Rice Krispies
Combine the dates, walnuts, almonds and flaxseed in a food processor until well mixed and chopped. Then add the nut butter and banana, and pulse until well combined. Roll into balls with hazelnuts or cashews on the inside (for a crunchy centre), then roll in coconut or Rice Krispies. The outer coating is needed, to prevent sticking.
A variation on this is to add a few tablespoons of raw cocoa powder to the first few ingredients and blend for a nice chocolate flavour. This tastes great if you use peanut butter in place of hazelnut butter. But hazelnut is awesome, too. There are too many options, really. Yum.