I just think this dish in the photo is so cute. When I saw this dish in the store, I just had to get it. I couldn’t think of what I’d ever use it for, but this 2″ wide plate was only .69¢. I finally found a use for them with this recipe.
I’ve seen many of these date ball recipes floating around Pinterest and the internet. Basically a bit-sized take on Larabars. I’ve had Larabars in the past, but I can’t have them now because basically all of them have almonds in them. There was always something about them though that was overwhelming, and I think it was the sweetness and flavor of the dates.
That is why something that I think is essential to this recipe is the toasting of the coconut and nuts. It tones down both the sweetness and flavor of the dates, and makes them into a delicious bite-sized treat.
This is a pretty simple recipe. First pulse the nuts, and then add the rest. The only trick is with the dates. It may seem like you need to add more dates or oil to get it to come together, but just keep on pulsing. It will come together.
- 1-1/2 cups unsweetened, shredded coconut, toasted
- 2-1/2 cups walnuts, toasted
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 pound dates, pitted
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- Place toasted coconut, toasted walnuts, and salt in food processor. Pulse until roughly ground. Take 3/4 cup out and set aside in a small bowl.
- Add dates, vanilla, cinnamon, and melted coconut oil to the nuts remaining in the food processor. Pulse until combined. Form into 1-inch balls. Roll in reserved nuts. Place on parchment paper. Store in the freezer.