Snacktime with Date Balls

I know, the header of this post makes you smirk – at least it made me smirk.  Perhaps it is just my immature and childish sense of humor that twists these words.  But, this should not take away your desire and interest in attempting to create these wonderous bites.

We have to come up with better names for energy balls – I vote for ‘bites’!

These are delicious and healthy energy balls, and so darn easy to make.  I kid you not, they only contain two main ingredients, three if you include the coconut topping.

Start to finish is roughly 25 minutes, assuming you have the ingredients ready.

I’m not a dates expert, but I have found that Medjool dates are probably the most popular of the date family.  They are large, soft, and a caramel flavor.  I think that makes them ideal for baking and sweeter dishes like my Date Bites.

Date Bites in the making – dig into your cupboards and find:

12 Medjool dates

2 cups of pecan nuts (I used whole nuts)

1/4 cup of grated coconut

In order to make these delicious bites, you only need a large food processor.  I use the larger food processor from KitchenAid, and it serves me well.  The choice is yours, but please make sure it has a large bowl that can manage the nuts and dates.

  1. Place the dates in a small bowl and cover them with warm water
  2. Let them soak for 10-12 minutes – they need to get soft
  3. Drain the dates and start to remove the pits – this is a sticky task
  4. Put the dates in the food processor bowl
  5. Add the pecan nuts to the bowl
  6. Kick that food processor into high gear, and keep blending until it is a sticky paste.
    • You might have to open the food processor, move the mixture around with a wooden spoon, to get the nuts and dates really well mixed/chopped.
    • Please do not do this while the machine is running – you can easily lose fingers or break the wooden spoon
  7. When done, put the mixture in another bowl, and put it in your fridge for 10 minutes – this will give it a little more firmness

I suggest using a cookie scooper, as working with the paste will just be too sticky on your fingers.  Using this kitchen tool is very easy and you can crank out date bites in seconds.  Scooper #40 is a little less than two tablespoons

  1. Cover a large plate with grated coconut
    • I used regular grated coconut, which is probably too rough.  If you can find it, use a much finer grated coconut, or grind some in a food processor.
  2. Scoop out the paste with the cookie scooper, and place them on the coconut
  3. Gently roll them until they are covered
  4. Place them back in the fridge, for another 10-15 minutes, just to cool down and firm up again
Date bites 2
I’m not a professional food photographer!

I managed to get about 12 good sized date bites.  These will be used as alternative snacks throughout the day, and are much healthier than a bag of chips, some chocolate or other sudden snack.

They were pretty popular with the kids, but please remember, they include nuts so do not serve them to larger crowds in case some guests are allergic to nuts.

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