Yes! I’m talking about date – the FRUIT. This is my all-time favorite nutritious snack recipe…to help pull me through my afternoon up until dinner, as a pre-workout snack or just as a sweet treat! And kids LOVE this, too! Be careful about using nuts if they are taking them to school!!
Pitted dates (14)
Nuts (if you are not allergic)
Coconut chips unsweetened
Cocao powder or cacao nibs
Gluten free oats (Or regular oats if not gluten-sensitive)
Olive oil or coconut oil
ANYTHING ELSE YOU WANT TO ADD!!
Heat up dates over the stove, with a ½ teaspoon of coconut oil – to prevent sticking!!!
Medium heat is important, do not heat on high
Transfer dates to a mixing bowl
Soften dates with a table spoon and/or use your hands. If you do use your hands, add a touch of olive oil to your hands to make it less sticky.
Add your desired amounts of:
Cacao powder/cacao nibs
Coconut chips unsweetened & oats – to either roll the date delight balls through or to add to the mixture – whichever you prefer!!
Once you have everything you want in the bowl....
Mix desired contents in bowl using your hands. **Caution: the dates may still be hot, so be careful not to burn yourself!
Enjoy a taste of your delicious mix while you’re mixing away…there’s nothing better than tasting along the way!!
Roll into small balls the size of a ping-pong ball OR you can spread the mixture onto a baking sheet to cut into small squares after it cools.
Allow cooling for 15 minutes and then serve!
Refrigerate for storage.