Blooming Good Date Balls
I remember as a child always begging my mom for 'date bars' everytime we reached the Spar checkout counter, as they were always right there on eye-level (for me). They were just the ultimate treat, although I'm sure they were quite high in added sugar, so making your own at home gives you the best of both worlds; a healthy treat and peace of mind knowing it contains only good-for-you ingredients.
A date ball doesn't really need a recipe; the gist of it is to soak some pitted dates, and then blitz them up in a food processor to form a paste.
Once a delicious, gooey sticky mess has formed in the food processor, you can basically add whatever you want and then roll them into little balls, pop them in the fridge and voila.
However, even though you can wing it, we came up with an easy-peasy healthy recipe that you can make to pop in lunchboxes, eat as pre-workout fuel or even take along on a long ride. Heck, you can even enjoy these as a healthy dessert.
A few benefits of the wholesome ingredients used (there are many more if you wish to look them up):
Dates: Being naturally very sweet, you won't require any other sweetener in these date balls. They are high in energy, so will give you a nice boost for the workout, or yours/your child's mind energy to remain focused for the remainder of the day. Dates are also high in fibre, helping maintain a healthy digestive system
Oats: Like dates, oats are very high in fibre; this helps digestion as well as keeping you full for longer
Chia seeds: Chia seeds are a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation.
Chocolate sunflower seed butter: The cocoa powder used in this spread is an antioxidant, there is even some research indicating that cocoa powder may improve cognitive health such as memory and attention. Sunflower seeds hold many health benefits, which you can checkout on the page 'Why Sunflower Butter'.
Chocolate date balls
1 cup pitted dates
1 tbsp chia seeds
2/3 cup oats
Soak the dates in warm water until soft (around 10 minutes)
Drain the water, and place the dates into the food processor. Process the dates , scraping down the sides periodically, until a sticky paste forms.
Add the remaining ingredients and blitz until combined.
Wet your hands slightly to prevent paste from sticking, and roll into balls of your desired size.
Place in the fridge. You can keep these in the fridge for about a week, or in the freezer if you wish to keep them for longer.
Note: You can be as creative as you want with date balls; add more seeds for crunch, or dried berries, chocolate chips, etc.
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