Whenever I get a bit of a sweet tooth this is my go to “candy.” They are so quick and easy to make and clean up isn’t much afterward. They can be a bit messy when you roll the dates into balls, but it’s worth it. I hardly use oil in my kitchen. I do use coconut oil to roll these date balls.
12 Organic Medjool Dates
1/2 cup cashews
1/2 Tbls Chia Seeds
1/2 Tbls Hemp Seeds
1/2 Tbls Cacao Powder
1/2 Tbls Cinnamon
1/2 Tbls Honey or Syrup
To begin you’ll need a food processor.
Put your cashews into the food processor and chop them up. I like mine pretty fine, but not powdery. Set them aside in a bowl.
Then count out 12 dates and be sure to cut them in half and throw the pits away.
Toss dates and all ingredients into the food processor; dates, cashews, chia, hemp, cacao, cinnamon and turn it on to mix. It will be a bit powdery and won’t form into a dough ball so this is where you can add honey, maple syrup, or even agave nectar to get the mixture a bit sticky again so it will form a ball.
Once it’s in a big dough ball, then smother your hands with coconut oil. Form into small balls by rolling it into a ball in the palms of your hands.
At this point, you can get creative and once in a ball, you can roll in cacao or desiccated coconut. Today I was in a hurry to make some to take to work so I didn’t roll them in anything.
As you roll the balls and set them aside you’ll want to set them on a plate. Put them in the freezer for about 15 minutes to harden a bit. I then keep mine in the fridge. This recipe will make about 20 date balls and last me about 2-3 days because I binge on them.
Hope you enjoy these as much as I do.
***Update: June 2018 I no longer roll them into balls but take the dough and put it on a sheet of plastic wrap or parchment paper and using the wrap I form the dough into a square or rectangle and then freeze and cut into squares. Much faster.