Sometimes you just need something sweet that it’s not going to completely destroy all that effort you’re putting into your body, right?
Looking around in the cabinets for something sweet, I saw a bag of dates. Honestly, I don’t even know when I bought it, I know it was at Whole Foods, but that’s all. Since my daughter has inherited her dad’s sweet tooth, I decided to put my culinary skills into good use and make energy date balls. That way, when she wants a treat after school, she can have this. Now, she’s decided that she doesn’t like nuts, I’m not sure why, but I was a little bit worried because I wanted to use them. Mind you, I love nuts and now I have to make banana bread without walnuts. Not cool, not cool.
Anyways, to the energy date balls, I just find the name super funny… First, I apologize because this is the only photo I have. I was too worried about not destroying my food processor. Note to self: if the food processor starts jumping all over the place, stop it and let it chill for a bit…
Here’s to the no-bake date balls:
- 1 cup whole raw cashews
- ½ cup raw almonds
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 10 ounces Medjool dates, pitted (about 1¼ cup, tightly packed). I used less because I ate some...
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Add the first 4 ingredients in the food processor and grind them, making sure they won’t turn into nut butter.
- Add the dates and the vanilla extract to the mix. Now, make sure it’s all combine, but if your food processor starts having a dance party on your counter, stop and let it cool down. Mine overheated and I thought I lost it!
- Make little balls, if you have a small ice cream scoop you can use that too, and put it on a cookie tray, or plate, lined with wax paper. Chill in the fridge for an hour, or in the freezer for a bit less.
- Transfer to a container and keep in the fridge.