I am a little late to the date party. For so long, years even, I have been seeing recipes around the web that use dates. I essentially ignored them because: (1) I didn’t know what a date was; (2) I didn’t know even where to buy them; and (3) I’ve never had one so I probably wouldn’t like it. (It is hard to get outside my little box.)
So literally the dates had to jump in front of my face one day in the produce department of my local supermarket. I happened to see them, pick up the package to find they are quite reasonably priced ($5/lb) and dried without sulfites(yay!). Into the cart they went.
My oh my, what I have been missing.
The dates have a wonderfully mild sweet flavor. No added sugars needed for this snack! Since I used an equal ratio of nuts/dates, I tossed in a bit of coconut oil not just for the nutritional benefits, but also to help the dough bind.
With my curiosity peaked about this new to me fruit, I did a little research. Dates have been cultivated for thousands of years and are a staple in many middle eastern areas. They are chock full of potassium and dietary fiber. These little fruits also contain iron, magnesium, antioxidants and B vitamins. Sounds good to me!
I’ve already explored many variations of these balls. The dates are nice and sticky, so many things bind to them. Throw things into the food processor, give it a whir and watch wonderful things happen. The possibilities are endless.
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