Quick and easy to make with very little clean-up! These tasty little balls of peanut buttery-chocolatey goodness will keep you buzzing with energy. A perfect little snack for busy days, work, or school.
- 1 cup soft pitted dates, lightly packed
- 1 cup raw almonds
- 2-3 tbsp peanut butter (add an extra 2 tbsp almonds if using 3 tbsp PB)
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1-2 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp hemp hearts
- 3 tbsp cacao nibs or 2-3 tbsp dark chocolate chips
- Gather and measure all of your ingredients. When measuring out your dates, ensure that they are free of date pits and fragments – pinch each date between your thumb and forefinger individually to feel for pits.
- In your food processor, pulse almonds until finely and evenly chopped, like coarse sand.
- Add the remaining ingredients and continue processing until the “dough” is thoroughly mixed and begins to form a sticky ball.
- The date mixture should be sticky and hold together easily when squeezed in your palm.
- Unplug your food processor. Use a tablespoon to scoop spoonfuls of dough, use your hands to squeeze the mixture tightly and then roll them into balls using the palm of your hand. You can roll them into any size you prefer. Bite-sized pieces are good to snack on, but I usually like to make them quite big so that I can just grab a couple of them for an energizing snack.
- Once you’ve rolled out all of the remaining dough, place the finished date balls in the freezer to set for an hour. After an hour, transfer your superfood bites to keep in your fridge. Store for up to 2 weeks.
For a peanut-free version, the substitute the peanut butter with almond butter for a delicious chocolate-covered-almond flavor. For a completely nut-free version, substitute the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter, and substitute the 1 cup of almonds with of 1/3 cup sunflower seeds, 1/3 pumpkin seeds, and 1/3 oats – you’ll lose the pb & chocolate combo but you’ll still have a delicious and energizing snack! If you don’t have cacao nibs, substitute with 2-3 tbsp of dark chocolate chips.
- Serving Size: 1 ball
- Calories: 120
- Sugar: 7.6 g
- Sodium: 13 mg
- Fat: 8 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.8 g
- Unsaturated Fat: 5.4 g
- Carbohydrates: 10.8 g
- Fiber: 2.3 g
- Protein: 2.9 g