Every couple of months, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics sends out their Food & Nutrition Magazine and it’s packed with tons of awesome information. In January, they started a “test kitchen” where readers try a recipe and report back on how it went. The featured recipe was for a snack bite. I had been meaning to try these super popular no-bake treats and I had most of the ingredients on hand, so I decided it was finally time. Oh! And…one lucky winner would receive a set of gorgeous knives (I’ve had my eye on a new set!), so that was even more motivation to try it. Unfortunately, I didn’t win…but, I did have a lot of fun making the recipe with my kiddo. And…he ended up being featured in the latest issue of the magazine!
The original recipe was for Siggi’s Coconut & Date Protein Bites. As usual, I didn’t follow the recipe exactly. I didn’t have a few of the ingredients in my pantry and I wasn’t going to run out and buy them for just one recipe, so substitutions were made. I used ground flax seeds and old fashioned oats instead of almond meal and hemp seeds. And…I’m cool with coconut but it’s not my favorite flavor (and I didn’t have any coconut flakes on hand anyway), so I used 100% cacao powder instead. In reality, what I really tested was was more like a Chocolate & Date Snack Bite. The end result was delicious! But, it was a bit of a hassle to get there. Let me explain…
I don’t have a large food processor. Mine is a tiny one. I figured the Vitamix should be able to handle the chopping of dates and nuts and various other ingredients, but the dates just ended up sticking to the blade and created a bit of a mess. I ended up scooping out all the ingredients and transferring them to my tiny food processor – this had to be done in two batches since I didn’t think to split the recipe in half from the get go. Moral of the story: if you want to hop on the “date ball” band wagon, make sure you have a decent food processor or be prepared to fiddle around with your blender until you reach the right consistency.
Once it does get to the right consistency though, it’s pretty fun to roll them into little bites.
And then roll those around in 100% cacao powder.
And of course, eat them! Nom nom. Since the recipe makes about 26 one-inch bites, most of them ended up being stored in the fridge for the week and were perfect for snacking whenever an energy boost was needed.
Burrito enjoyed them too!
Here’s the final recipe if you want to give these yummy bites a shot. (But, if you’re super lazy about cleaning equipment, you can always stick to stuffing dates with nuts and calling it a day!)