Despite all the ingredients, it’s not too hard!
16 dates, pitted (approximately 2 1/2 cups)
5-6 heaping spoonfuls of your choice of nut butter
1/2 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon of coconut oil
A couple pinches of celtic sea salt
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/4 cup cocoa powder (omit this if you’d like a simpler date ball.)
2 tablespoons of raw honey (approximately)
1/4 cup 70% or darker chocolate chips
2 tablespoons cacao nibs
First of all, fill a medium-sized bowl with hot water, and soak the dates for at least five minutes. This might seem like a weird step, but it actually softens the dates and makes them better for date balls. And it makes the date balls SUPER GOOD! After you’re done soaking the dates, dry them off gently with a paper towel.
Keep in mind while you mix your ingredients that this recipe is more about taste than exact measurements! It’s okay if it’s not perfect, because it’s your own! Firstly, all the liquids together. Put the rest of the ingredients in- mix well, and put on parchment paper. Roll into balls. Refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. Store in a container in the fridge to keep the balls fresh, if you have any left after you’ve eaten some 😉 Enjoy!!
*note: if the mix is too wet, add in something more dry, like flax or rolled oats. If the mix is too dry, add in more nut butter. If the mix doesn’t stick together, add a little more honey and nut butter. If you feel like your date balls need something else, go ahead and try adding a spice, or more honey or a bit of salt. Add little bits at a time, because they usually go a long way! Don’t be afraid to add your own twist or play around! Let me know how they turn out for you, and if you have any questions, just comment!