Date Balls

There are many variations to this recipe but for a quick and healthy dessert/snack, this can be whipped up in minutes.  Laura, who works with us at the clinic brought them into work the other day and I couldn’t help but make them the next day.

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups of cashews (or another nut you enjoy)- I use a combination of whatever nuts are available in my pantry, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, almonds, and cashews)
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates, packed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons of maple syrup (optional)

Directions:

  1. Place the nuts in a food processor and break them down into chunks.  Add the dates in pieces and vanilla.  Process until the nuts and dates form a batter together.  Taste the batter, if you desire additional sweet flavour add maple syrup. OPTION: You can also add a couple tablespoons of ground flax seeds for added nutrients and fiber.
  2. Grab a handful of batter and test the consistency by rolling into a ball, make sure it holds together.  If it is not sticky enough, add a few more pitted dates or maple syrup and process until they hold together.
  3. Once your batter is ready, roll into balls (approximately 1 inch in diameter) and store in the fridge so they become firm. This will make approximately 24 balls that are an easy and healthy grab on the go snack!

*Can also be frozen and taken out when needed.

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