How to make super yummy and super healthy date balls:
Date balls. Round lumps of love, caramel, coconut, and more than anything, sugar. The epitome of an old lady snack and the ultimate example of a treat you would steal out of the flower-printed handbag of that same old lady. It’s utterly delicious and addictive, with good reason too. The chewiness of the dates, crumbliness of the biscuit and caramello-heaven of the sugar all work together creating a symphony of texture, pitching those sweet notes to a transcendental level. Yeah, I like date balls (as if anyone doesn’t?). But let’s face it, it’s rather fattening, there’s a hell of a lot of sugar floating about in that orchestra…
Haven’t we all tried a treat an wished we could eat mounds and mounds of it and it actually get skinny by doing it?
(Insert deep Mr Hollywood voice here:) “But wait, yes you can!”
Try this delicious powerfood date ball recipe that contains no carbs, no added sugar, and is paleo and banting friendly (I love them as healthy snacks at the office):
1 Cup of soft medjool dates
2 Cups of nuts (I use a mix of almonds and walnuts)
1 Cup of Sunflower seeds
1 Cup of ground coconut
1/2 Banana (mashed)
2 Tablespoons of coconut oil
A dash of vanilla extract
In a bowl, mix together the dates, nuts, sunflower seeds, ground coconut, coconut oil and a dash of vanilla extract. If you were to own a food processor, now would be the time to use it. Otherwise, I use a hand blender and it works just as great. The dates need to be semi blended so that its stickiness can hold the balls together, and the nuts need to be crumbled so that it doesn’t break the ball apart. When you can squeeze the mixture together into a giant lump and it holds, it is ready. In a separate bowl, mash half of a banana and mix thoroughly with another dash of vanilla extract, this will give the balls its signature caramel-taste. Mix the banana with the date mix, be sure to get in there with your hands. When it’s an even mixture, roll little golf-sized balls, after which you roll the balls in a plate of ground coconut to give them their signature white fur coating. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.
Don’t settle for bland fibrous diet-food, have your cake and eat it too!
Happy eating! 😉