Coconut Oat Date Bites

This year, one of my resolutions was to eat healthier and reduce my junk food intake; however, I have a bit of a chronic sweet tooth..a sweet tooth I have let run uncontrolled throughout the Christmas season. Something I had done in the years prior to help curb the dreaded sugar cravings, was to switch to natural versions of the food I loved, healthing up some of my favorite treats. By reaching for a healthy version when a craving hits, I can gradually reduce my reliance on processed sugars and salts. Also, making these snacks helps control both the ingredients and the cost.

Currently for sugar cravings I am reaching for dates, fruits, and natural versions of treats such as date bites and cookies. I don’t usually have too many issues with salts, but I usually aim to avoid it in most of my cooking or make my own chips, tortillas, and potato wedges if the craving does arise. This way I can lightly salt if needed, or opt for different herbs and spices to  create an even better taste.

You will find the recipe for my current go to snack below!

Coconut Oat Date Bites

 

 


IngredientsIngredients

  1. Two cups of dates (I used dried dates with the pits removed)
  2.  1/2 cup of minute oats (quick oats and large flake oats would likely work as well, since they are being processed anyway)
  3. 1/8 cup of unsweetened almond milk (I used this to help add moisture to the drier dates and aid in the processing, any dairy-free milk would do)
  4. Unsweetened coconut, as needed. The amount can be varied depending on how much coconut you would like on the finished bites.

 


InstructionsMixture

  • Add all ingredients to a food processor (if you have a good quality high speed blender, it should work as well) and process (or pulse) until mixture is well combined and dates broken up
  • Begin rolling small amounts *about 1-2 tbsps worth* of the mixture
  • Place coconut on a plate and roll balls until desired coating amount is reached
  • These can be enjoyed as is or refrigerated for 30-60 minutes for a firmer texture

 

 


Other Options

  • You can remove the oats if they are not your preference
  • Be sure to use gluten-free oats if looking for a gluten-free option
  • If using fresher, more moist dates, milk can be avoided
  • Can be formed into any size or shape
  • Use crushed or chopped nuts instead of coconut or eat plain
  • Seeds and powders (maca, cacao, cocoa, etc) would likely work too

Plain Bite


I hope that you will enjoy this recipe, tag me on Instagram (@jasmine.sarah13) if you decide to try this recipe out!

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