Date and Oat Balls
These date and oat balls are a great snack to have in the fridge and a good alternative to cake or biscuits. They have been shared with us by Karen from Cooking in the Chaos. The addition of oats means that they are not super sweet, and they also bulk the recipe out to a large quantity, making them a better bang for your buck.
Recipe Tester Feedback: "These balls are super quick and easy to make. They're quite sweet thanks to the dates and even though they make a big batch they're very moreish so don't expect them to last too long." - Julia
Total Preparation Time 10 minutes + setting time
Makes approx. 40 balls
Can be frozen
- oats - 110g, rolled
- sunflower kernels - 35g
- chia seeds - 35g
- coconut - 35g, shredded
- dates - 400g, pitted, (dried or medjool)
- cacao powder - 1 Tbsp
- vanilla bean paste - 2 tsp (can also use essence or extract)
- honey - 1 Tbsp
- water - 2-3 Tbsp, cold
- Place oats (110g), sunflower kernels (35g), chia seeds (35g), coconut (35g), dates (400g), cacao (1 Tbsp), vanilla (2 tsp) and honey (1 Tbsp) into the bowl. Process Speed 7 / 20 seconds. Scrape down sides.
- If needed, add water (2-3 Tbsp) to help bind and moisten the mix, and process for a further 20 seconds, slowly increasing speed from 1-9. Your machine will be working at close to full capacity, so gently increase speed and stop and scrape sides down if needed.
- Check mixture. It should look a bit coarse and clump together easily.
- Depending on whether you have used medjool or dried dates you may need to process again. Speed 9 / 10-15 seconds. Add more water if required.
- Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl with a spatula.
- Wet your hands and roll into balls of your preferred size.
- Transfer balls to the fridge and allow to set until you need them. Store them in the fridge and transport in airtight containers or ziplock bags. Once they are set you can freeze them. Due to the dates, they will transport better when they are cold.