These are the perfect little snack for when you need a quick but healthy energy boost. The natural sugars from the dates provide energy and sweetness while the healthy fats and protein in the nuts satisfy that peckish feeling. However because they are so small they are a perfect pre-workout snack as they won’t fill you up too much. They’re also a perfect travel snack as they’re so easy to take with you.
There are so many varieties and flavour combinations from nutella, orange zest, coconut or peanut butter but the basic ingredients of dates and nuts always remains the same so once you’ve made these yourself once or twice don’t be afraid to get experimenting! If you come up with a good one then tag me in it on instagram @the_superfit_foodie. I love seeing people recreate my recipes or come up with new variations.
The base of these is dates. I often use regular dried dates and they work perfectly but you might notice a lot of recipes use medjool dates. These are bigger (as you can see in the photo) and sweeter but also more expensive. I happened to find a big box of them for a good price in an Asian shop so have used them for my last few recipes. It’s fine to use regular ones but if they look particularly dry you can always soak them in some boiling water for about 10 minutes and drain before using to make them easier to work with.
|Left: Regular date. Right: Medjool date
100g medjool dates (or regular dried dates pre-soaked in water)
50g nuts (I used hazelnuts but you could also use almonds or Brazil nuts)
1 tsp cocoa powder plus extra for coating
1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
1 tsp agave syrup (could use honey)
Blend the nuts finely.
Add in the dates and blend again until completely mixed. You may have to scrape down the sides of the blender a few times to make sure everything gets blended.
Add in the chia seeds, cocoa powder and agave syrup and blend again.
Take out tablespoons of the mixture and roll into balls.
Coat in some cocoa powder
As I mentioned already there are so many variations to this recipe, the one above being a basic but delicious version. You could also try adding some orange zest and juice and coating in desiccated coconut like the Happy Pear do or you could try adding in some cinnamon and maple syrup instead of the cocoa and chia seeds. The possibilities are endless!