I made a batch of coconut date balls recently for a friend. She was in need of some energy as she had recently had a baby. I wanted to give her something that was nutritious, easy to eat single handedly when she was in need of a snack, and something that packs a bit of fuel is a bonus. Welcome, coconut date energy balls! Let’s go!
These are a snap to put together! I grabbed a few ingredients, my food processor and got to work.
Rolled oats, unsweetened coconut, pitted dates, pepitas, and orange zest get added into the food processor. Some vanilla extract, small pinch of salt and some water to bind the mixture together. No unnecessary sweeteners. No processed ingredients. A simple, pure and delicious snack!
- Recipe from Daily Garnish
- 1 C. rolled oats
- 1 C. unsweetened coconut
- 1/2 C. raw pepitas, toasted
- 12 pitted dates, roughly chopped
- 1 t. vanilla extract
- 1 orange, zested
- pinch of salt
- up to 1/4 C. water
- extra unsweetened coconut for rolling, optional
- In a small pan on the stovetop over medium low heat toast the pepitas until lightly toasted.
- In the bowl of a food processor add the rolled oats, coconut, chopped dates, vanilla extract, orange zest and pinch of salt. Pulse to combine, breaking down the larger pieces, until the mixture becomes crumbly.
- Slowly add in the water and pulse until the mixture just holds together.
- Roll the date mixture into tablespoon balls (I used my tablespoon cookie scoop) and roll in additional coconut. This helps with the balls sticking together.
- Store in an airtight container. This does not have to be refrigerated but I liked them that way! You could also stash these in the freezer.