A little over a year ago I found myself in the home of a lovely friend and she served me the most delicious date balls. I even shared them with you remember?
What I didn’t share with you was the funny interchange that happened when I asked for the recipe. She looked at me puzzled. A bit like I was lost. “A recipe?” she asked. “You just throw things together!”
Um. I had never had the privilege of making anything of the sort so she obliged and hunted down a recipe that resembled her fantastic creating. It was an instant hit around this house.
After the second or third time of making these date balls I realized why she looked at me so strangely. It really is just as easy as throwing things in the food processor and turning it on. Granted it has to be things that you like and that will go well together but seriously… just throw things in there and whir!
Date balls are a staple around here. So are Lara Bars when I am too lazy to make my own date balls. My absolute favorite Lara Bar flavor is coconut cream pie. Shorty after learning to make date balls I started reading the ingredients on the back of Lara Bars and crafting date balls with similar ingredients.
These are such a win. And so incredibly delicious. The toddler loves them. Nathan and I snack on a couple as a sweet after dinner treat. They come together in an instant and are so very forgiving of proportions or additions and subtractions when it comes to ingredients.
Make a batch. Then be brave and branch out. Use different nuts. Or add cocoa power. Maybe a different dried fruit like cranberries. Oh I bet apricots would be divine!
Date Balls (makes about 30)
4 cups dates (pitted if they aren’t already)
1/2 cup unsweetened dried coconut plus more for rolling
1 cup cashew (or pieces as they are infinitely cheaper)
1/2 cup coconut oil
Add all of the ingredients (except the extra coconut for rolling) to the bowl of your food processor. Pulse until it is finely ground and is paste like. Scoop out with a spoon and roll into balls. Drop the balls on the extra coconut in a bowl or a plate and roll around till well coated. Place on a tray. Chill in the fridge and enjoy.