I’m obviously kind of obsessed with any kind of “energy ball” or no-bake healthy dessert. First I shared my peanut butter honey energy bites. Then Nutella energy bites, which went viral after being featured on self.com. Now, I give you date rolls. Out of all the healthy little balls I’ve ever tried, these are by far my favorite.
Dates have tons of health benefits, but I really haven’t found too many appealing and healthy ways to eat them. A favorite restaurant of mine back in the day served bacon wrapped dates, which were AMAZING, and for many years that’s really the only way I’d do dates. That was until my big brother became a crazy cross-fitter, and did the whole paleo thing for several years. As much as I could never ever in a million bazillion light years adapt that paleo lifestyle, he did start to open my eyes to some overlooked health foods in my life. I specifically remember eyeing a container of wrinkly dates he had sitting on the counter once, wondering just what had become of my oldest brother. Watching him take on healthier habits did help to encourage me to do the same though, and it also broadened my food horizons a little bit.
I’ve made several variations of these date rolls over the past few years, and I think this recipe I’m sharing is finally perfection. You could technically use any kind of nut in this recipe, but I’m loving the flavor of the sliced almonds I used. What really makes these amazing though, is the sea salt. One of my favorite indulgences in life is a good sea salt dark chocolate caramel candy. I love when the flavor of the sea salt is prevalent on your tongue, and that’s just how it is with these. They’re great to keep around to kick any sweet tooth cravings you may have. So if you’re thinking right now, “ew, really? dates?” Please, just take my word for it, and try these. I almost guarantee you’ll be converted into a date lover too.
- 2 Cups almonds (I used sliced almonds)
- 1 Cup shredded coconut
- 2 Cups pitted medjool dates
- 2 Tablespoons coconut oil
- 1 Teaspoon sea salt
- 1 Teaspoon Vanilla
- Fit your food processor with the "S" blade, then add the almonds and shredded coconut. Pulse until you have a crumbly mixture.
- Add the dates, coconut oil, sea salt, and vanilla. Pulse until fully mixed.
- Use your palm to press and roll the mixture into bite sized balls, and place on a parchment lined sheet.
- Place the balls in the freezer for an hour or so to set.
- Store in the refrigerator for up to a week.