Friday, 1 November 2013

Delectable + Delicous Date Balls

Brilliant Bite-sized Blissful
Excuse the overuse of alliteration but it's the only way to express my love for these date balls.
These are one of my favourite snacks and I make at least a batch a week.
Why? Because it's super easy to make (you don't really need to measure anything), and it tastes so good you'll forget that's it's healthy (Vegan, Gluten Free, Paleo, Raw, you name it).

 You can use basically whatever you have in your kitchen; If you don't have walnuts, replace them with an equivalent amount of any nut or seed that you do have (almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, brazil nuts you name it. It just tastes a bit better when you follow the recipe). Sometimes when I feel like indulging in more of the balls, I'll halve the nuts with wholegrain oats/ flaxseed meal/ almondmeal to reduce the calorie levels. I may even add in a little piece of banana if I'm running low on dates.

If you get a bit  bored of the flavours (as I sometimes do) add some dried fruits such as dried apple (which goes great with cinnamon). For all you Cherry Ripe lovers, try adding some extra cacao (the more you put the choclatier it tastes) as well as some dried cherries and desiccated coconut to make a healthier version it.

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Read more for recipes for the lemon + coconut and goji + cacao flavoured date balls

Goji Cacao Balls:               
3/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup oats
5-6 medjool dates
1 tablespoon goji berries
2 tablespoons cacao/carob powder
2 tablespoons dessicated coconut
Dash of salt if desired 

Lemon Coconut Balls
1 cup walnuts
1/2 cup oats
5-6 medjool dates
Rind of 1 lemon
½ teaspoon lemon juice
3 tablespoons dessicated coconut


Coatings:
Dried coconut
Cacao/carob powder
Chia seeds 

What to do: 
1. Throw all your dry ingredients in a food processor and blend until it's like a flour.
2. Add in everything else and blend until combined. If it's too thick or too runny add whatever you need to achieve your desired consistency.
3. Roll into balls and cover in your favourite coating
4. Refrigerate 
5. Devour!

Pop a comment below if you try these!
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1 comment:

  1. im probably never going to make them, but hey! they look amazing! good job Kristy (:

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