I had never even tried a date before making this recipe and I was pleasantly surprised. They are sweet and gooey and taste almost like caramels (YUM). Dates are little powerhouses that boast high numbers of potassium, fiber and iron. You can't go wrong with this recipe, but feel free to play around with other ingredients! I think this would be especially fun to make with children, too.
I bet you can't eat just one, although they are surprisingly filling and make a perfect snack.
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Cocoa-nut Energy Bites
Recipe by Ali Caron, RD
Makes about 12 balls (6 servings)
1 cup sliced almonds
16 Medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons water
1/2 cup organic shredded coconut
1 tablespoon (low sodium) peanut butter
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Place 1 cup almonds in food processor and pulse until ground. Place almonds in a medium bowl.
Place pitted dates in food processor along with a few tablespoons water and blend until smooth. Add to bowl. Add coconut, peanut butter, cocoa powder and cinnamon to bowl. Combine well with fork (or use your hands).
Scoop about 2 tablespoons into your hands and roll to form a ball. Place on parchment lines baking sheet and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes. Store in air-tight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
Nutrition Facts: (2 Bites) 138 Calories, 12g Fat, 7g Carbohydrates, 5g Protein, 4g Fiber, 9mg Sodium, 209mg Potassium