Recipe: Healthy date en­ergy balls

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Sports -

AS much as I like eat­ing dates as they are, I do en­joy mak­ing them into healthy and mess-free snacks more. This one here is a fa­vorite of mine and so easy to make. Plus it is gluten-free and can be made dairy-free.

In­gre­di­ents

250 grams nuts of your choice 8-10 dates

1 ta­ble­spoon but­ter or co­conut oil/but­ter (op­tional) cin­na­mon or co­coa (op­tional, to taste)

In­struc­tions

PUT your nuts into a food pro­ces­sor and grind them as finely as pos­si­ble. If you al­ready have them in meal form, you can skip this step.

Blend the dates, af­ter pit­ting them, un­til rel­a­tively smooth. While in the blender, add the nuts and con­tinue to blend them to­gether for a bit.

To make the balls a bit smoother and richer in fla­vor, you can add but­ter at room tem­per­a­ture or co­conut oil to make them ve­gan. Cin­na­mon or co­coa (or a mix of both if you are into that) can be added as well. I per­son­ally pre­fer a ta­ble­spoon of cin­na­mon in this recipe, but you may want less. Knead the mass with your hands to get the in­gre­di­ents well in­cor­po­rated.

Roll the dough into wal­nut-sized balls and bake them at 160 de­grees Cel­sius (320 de­grees Fahren­heit) for a min­i­mum of 15 minutes. The longer the balls bake, the tougher they will be. Tech­ni­cally, you don’t even need to bake them, but the heat will help hold their shape for longer.

Tips

YOU don’t have to add raw nuts; you can use the slightly pre-roasted va­ri­ety, but that means you’ll have to watch over them when bak­ing.

You can dip these balls into choco­late to make them ex­tra de­li­cious, but that may de­tract from the “health­i­ness” for some. You can also cover them in shred­ded co­conut or oats; go crazy with it.

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