Date balls. Best Ever.
SO MUCH NEWS! So little time! So the wedding – WOW. It was the funnest, most emotional, whirlwind-of-awesome wedding I have ever been to! Caryn looked… breath taking-ly beautiful. Had to post a pic here for you all to see, just cause. Wow.
On another note of WONDERFUL and amazing news! My partner in being awesome and also in cooking, picture-ing, eating and blogging good food – Kyla – and I, and a bunch of other friends are GOING TO NEW YORK. In December. Yes you heard me. NYC. The Big Apple. So start spreading the news ;) hehehehehehe. Have already started a list of restaurants, paleo food trucks, places to eat and go and eat and eat. And eat.
So. that is actually all my news. Not many things, but 2 rather large things.
In terms of the date balls… Background story:
It is ALWAYS a challenge remaining faithful to my lifestyle paleo eating in my office. Good gracious, let me tell you – any excuse for cake and its DONE. Birthdays, engagements, winning awards. Okay writing these down makes them all seem like pretty legit reasons for cake. BUT, it just so happens that these legit reasons come along way more often than I would deem statistically normal. I mean there was a stage when we had 2 cakes a week for a period of 2 months pretty much (MAAAYBBEEEE I am exaggerating a leeeeetle bit – but its close enough!).
Lately, however, there has been a new trend developing. Bribery.
Bribery by date balls.
You might be thinking “date balls seem better than cake” ? NO. Not these. These are the kind of date balls that are basted in sugar, boiled in melted butter, mushed together with biscuits and coconut (*only healthy thing so far) and rolled into balls of sweet sweet SWEET unhealthy torture.
So after a day of inhaling 3 (or 4. maybe 5) of these delicious treats and suffering monumentally with a sugar headache from hell, I decided that I NEEDED to make a healthy, guilt-free version of them.
AND I HAVE. I am not usually one for self praise (ah who am I kidding. I totally am) – and these are worthy of praise.
With only a TEEENSY amount of added sweetness (one tablespoon of honey) these date balls are so tasty and sweet that you feel almost sinful eating them!!Look I mean – they are still made from dates – so high in sugar and carbs (but the natural, healthy kind) so as long as you dont eat half a batch in one sitting I think you are safe ;)
- 10 pitted dates (one small pack from Woolworths)
- 2 tbs almond butter or 3 tbs nuts
- 1 tbs coconut oil
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- handful of chopped nuts and dried fruit (I used Goji berries and almonds)
- 1/4 cup desiccated coconut plus extra for rolling
- Blitz all ingredients in a blender
- Roll into balls
- Cover in coconut
- Place balls onto a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray
- Freeze for 40 minutes
- Best eaten moments after removing from the freezer.
- Keeps in the freezer for up to a month (Maybe more - but I ate them all)