Everything date balls

April 8, 2016

Lately I’ve been making the same date balls over and over again. “Date balls, really? How boring. Like we need another recipe.” I know, I hear you. But they’re everything I need right now, with a small child who is moving moving moving and a house that is so far from fully childproof that I cannot leave her alone for a second (we’re working on that).

In lieu of drinking coffee all day long, it’s food like this that keeps me going. And I’m not sure what it is about these particular date balls, but I’m finding them to be incredibly satisfying and energy-giving. If I pop a couple of these babies I am sure to power through until Ben gets home around 6:30 to help me with the whole dinner/bath/bed rigmarole. Anything that helps me greet him in a manner that reflects my true feelings (that he is my best friend), rather than “What the heck took you so long?” is always appreciated.

everything date balls

 

Everything Date Balls

Makes ~15 balls, depending how large you roll them

Ingredients

200g dried dates*
1/3 cup natural almond butter or Super Spread**, as I used
1/4 c almond meal
2 tablespoon flaxmeal
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 heaped tablespoon raw cacao powder
a tiny pinch of sea salt
1.5 – 2 tablespoons melted unrefined coconut oil***

* I used organic dates from Source Bulk Foods. Every brand of dates you use will be different – some sweeter, others drier. In previous date ball recipes I’ve used Medjool dates, as I found dried dates to be too dry, but now I have a super high speed blender (LOVE! Thanks for the Christmas present, mum) I’ve found that dried dates work just as well – plus, they’re far cheaper than those delicious, fresh, plump Medjool dates!

** Plain peanut butter can make the date balls a bit sweet for my liking, but feel free to add whatever your heart fancies. Just be sure it’s a natural nut butter (i.e. only nuts + salt, no added sugar).

*** I melt my coconut oil in a pan before using. You may need more or less moisture based on how dry your dates are. In place of extra coconut oil feel free to add a little water.

Method
1. Add all the ingredients to a high-power food processor and blitz.
2. Taste and adjust as desired. Texture-wise, you want them moist (as they sit in the fridge and can get a bit dry) but not sticky (because sticky balls = gross).
3. Store them in the fridge in an airtight container.

Heidi xo

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  • Rebecca April 8, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Hi Heidi, I am intrigued by how many raw desserts and sweet balls and other paleo/vegan-type snacks use dates. They look so yummy and healthy, but I have IBS, and I find anything other than the smallest amount of dried fruit hard to digest. (Likewise, highly fatty things trigger my symptoms, so lots and lots of coconut oil or nuts don’t work for me, either.) I am sure there are many other people who have the same issue. Do you have any suggestions for something else? I know that sugar isn’t healthy, but when you can’t digest the so-called healthy alternatives, it’s complicated. Sometimes I end up eating cake or bread simply because they don’t trigger any symptoms. Or I eat endless bowls of rice! I’d love your input. Cheers, Rebecca.

    • Heidi April 9, 2016 at 9:40 am

      I love dates because they’re nature’s candy! As lame as that sounds, they’re sweet, sticky & work in baked goods wonderfully in terms of flavour and texture. I prefer them to sugar as you get some vitamins, minerals and fibre along with the sweetness. They give me good energy and make me feel good. If they don’t make you feel good, along with high fat foods like coconut oil, do not eat them! I know it’s hard because they are everywhere, but find foods that make you feel good and enjoy them. That make be cake make with regular sugar! Or perhaps try some maple syrup, many people tolerate that. All foods like this, whether “raw vegan etc” or regular, they should be eaten in moderation. Especially with IBS, portion control is key. I hope that helps x

      • Rebecca April 12, 2016 at 9:25 am

        Thanks, Heidi 🙂

  • Danyel April 9, 2016 at 9:12 am

    These looks and sound so delicious! And with my 4 month old baby girl, I’m in need of a healthy and satisfying snack to see me through, so I hear ya there! Thanks Heidi, Danyel xo

    • Heidi April 9, 2016 at 9:40 am

      No worries! x

  • laurasmess April 15, 2016 at 11:37 am

    Never too many date balls! Particularly your gorgeously sticky, nutty versions with a touch of salt and bitter cacao. I’ve been tucking bags of fruit and nuts (including those darling Medjool dates) or an apple into my handbag recently. They help, but they don’t have the psychological effect of a date ball or sticky tahini slice (something a little more ‘treat-like’ does wonders for the psyche, don’t you think? Funny that. Similar ingredients but different texture and form!). I think I need to do a lil’ mixing this weekend, methinks… maybe make a batch of date balls for work. Thanks, you gloriously sweet thing xxx

    • Heidi August 15, 2016 at 9:00 am

      You’re so welcome, beautiful lady x

  • Julie October 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Heidi – do you know approx how many calories are in each ball?

    Thanks

    • Heidi October 10, 2016 at 11:52 am

      No, I don’t! My calorie estimates are rusty as I don’t count them regularly for work anymore and it honestly depends on how large you roll them. to make 15 from this batch I’d guess 120calories (big ISH). Put it into an online calculator if you wish. x

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