I have an addiction to dates. No, not the kind with my husband– although those are pretty darn fantastic, too, and something we should do more often– but what I mean are the edible sort of dates. These cost much less money, just ask my husband.
Dates incredibly rich and sweet, and best of all– HEALTHY. It’s like you’re eating candy, but with mucho iron, fiber, potassium, and really a ton more.. and even a teensy, tiny bit of protein, so clearly it’s not candy. Yet, all the while it tastes like a delicious treat.
Yeah, I’m game, too.
Spring is slowly creeping its way toward the hot summer months, which means our need to eat subsides.
Nope. I’m just kidding… we aren’t bears, we have to eat year-round. If you’re anything like me, I like to eat lightly in the summer months. There’s nothing worse than an overly full stomach while sweatily sticking to the seat of your car. Gross. Definitely not game for that. That’s why I am always on the hunt for light snacks and treats to keep me full. That’s why I love items like these granola bars or these no bake energy bites.
Another reason I adore making snacks, as I have mentioned time and again, I can include my son in the process. He just loves being included in the messy mayhem that is me in the kitchen (yet he darts when it’s time for clean up… boys…). However, what he loves most is telling daddy that he made X or made Y in the kitchen– a sense of accomplishment! Although, OCDs beware: cooking with tots means a lot of mess, and eating most of the goods before you get to use them. Despite it being twice the work, it really does make the entire process so much more enjoyable on my end.
This recipe is sweet and salty, not to mention extra light. As it is, this recipe yields approximately 4 servings of snacks. I tend to want to move on and try new things after a day or two. This recipe easily doubles to yield days’ worth of snacks. I like to keep all of my homemade snacks in the fridge to preserve their freshness.
The most difficult thing about this recipe was coming up with a name. Date balls was suggested, although I fear that people may make an incorrect assumption seeing a name such as that, even though that’s most literally what they are. Either way, making these little yummies were a cinch. Everything gets mixed together in a food processor at the same time. It is really that easy.
See… now you’re going to be making your own snacks from scratch in no time!
Yummy, Snacky Walnut, Coconut & Date Bites
Yields: 4 servings / approximately 2 dozen teaspoon bites
Time: 15-30 minutes
1 1/2 cups Medjool dates, pitted and chopped
1/3 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut flakes + 1/4 cup coconut flakes set aside
1/3 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 tsps cinnamon
1 TBS vanilla extract
3/4 to 1 tsp salt (depending upon how sweet and salty you like things!)
1. In a food processor, combine all ingredients (except for the 1/4 cup coconut set aside) on low until it gathers into a ball.
2. Using a teaspoon, form little bite-sized balls and roll them into the set aside coconut.
3. Optional: sprinkle an extra pinch of cinnamon over top for an extra little zing of yummy!
4. Enjoy immediately. Preferably by yourself in a corner so you don’t have to share.