You are 4 ingredients away from sheer and utter bliss. These things should come with a gold metal - if you can get them to the point of completion without eating half the mix before hand (because you've gotta 'test it') then I applaud you, it was really hard for me. Chewy, nutty, chocolatey, bite-size little nuggets of energy packed, whole ingredient, raw, vegan, heaven. If you haven't noticed, chocolate (more specifically, brownies) is kinda a theme around here but I just can't help myself, I constantly crave them and when they are this healthy my indulgence is to your benefit! Dates pack a nutritional punch, as do walnuts. Google the specifics ... or just trust me.
Now, a recipe for date balls isn't revolutionary by any means but it should be shared none the less and that's because you can have so much fun making this your own - I make a ton of add-in suggestions below but the base recipe is just so simple and takes no time to come together!
So without anymore blabbing...the recipe...
Makes: 14 bites (Roughly, 1.5" Diameter) • Active Time: 15 minutes • Inactive Time: 30 minutes
- 1 cup raw walnuts
- 1/2 cup raw oats ground into flour
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates (about 12 large dates)
- 1-2 tbsp raw cacao powder
Spices - Cinnamon, cardamom, chili, all spice
Flavorings - Instant coffee, vanilla, almond extract, mint extract, coconut extract, orange zest, maca powder (mmm...malty), sea salt
Bulk builders - Coconut flakes, cacao nibs, chocolate chips, chopped nuts or whole seeds, dried fruits
Coat it - Chocolate "shell" (see below), coconut flakes, extra cacao, hemp seeds, protein powder
1. In a food processor, use the "s" blade to finely grind your oats into flour, then remove oats and add to a bowl.
2. Pulse the raw walnuts in the processor until they are a sand-like consistency, remove and add to a bowl.
3. Add the pitted dates to the food processor and pulse till nearly smooth.
Note re: dates: You want your dates to be as moist as possible to keep the mixture together, so if they feel too hard or don't process well, give them a soak in some hot water for 10 minutes - then drain and towel dry before adding to your food processor.
4. Add all the ingredients into the food processor and pulse to combine.
Note: Mixture should appear loose but easily come together when squeezed between your finger tips.
5. Remove a rounded tablespoon of the brownie mixture and form a ball, repeat until it's all gone. Alternatively, you could press your brownies into a pan and cut into pieces but I prefer the "ball" presentation.
6. Bring to gathering, impress everyone OR grab one for a run, have energy OR enjoy many by yourself on your couch, love life.
P.S You can eat them straight away but they are better if chilled. Keeps in the fridge for weeks...but lets get real, they won't last that long.
Get extra-fancy: If you really want to up the decadence level and take these bites from pre-workout indulgence to full blown dessert-to-impress make the chocolate shell coating shown in the photo above. It's easy! Simply heat 2 tbsp coconut oil in a pan on low heat till melted then whisk in 1 tsp. cacao and 1 tbsp maple syrup. Add a brownie bite to the coconut oil mixture and use a spoon to coat. Remove the bite and place it on parchment paper, allow to chill in the fridge for at least 30 minutes so that the "shell" sets completely.
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