There’s a brand of ‘chocolate’ bar that we love around here, but it’s pretty expensive. They put the ingredients and roughly the amounts on the back of the packaging though, so we’ve been trying to make them the same. I think we need some kind of cold pressing equipment to make them stick together as bars, but they work pretty well rolled into balls or made in a brownie pan.
The reason I love these for my children is that apart from the cocoa – and you can substitute it for cacao – there’s only fruit and breakfast oats in it. When my daughter refuses to have breakfast, she’ll have these, and I’m just fine with that on occasion.
Another bonus of date balls, is that they are pretty versatile. Just add the basics, and the rest is up to you.
Put them on a pretty plate, and wrap a ribbon around, and you’ve got a lovely gift too.
For twenty more date ball ideas, check out Bliss Balls For Beginners.
- 1 cup dates
- ½ cup raisins
- ½ to ¾ cup oats
- 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
- Something wet: a ¼ cup apple juice or 2 tablespoons peanut butter, just enough to hold the batter together.
- Optional extras:
- You can add a variety of things – nuts, dried fruit, berries
- Mix everything together in a food processor or blender.
- You want it well mixed, but not smooth.
- Either roll the batter into balls, then around a plate of coconut and place in the fridge.
- Alternatively spread it out on a baking sheet and refridgerate.
- Once set, cut into squares and enjoy.
Reposted from Diary of a First Child