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!
- Two cups of dates (I used dried dates with the pits removed)
- 1/2 cup of minute oats (quick oats and large flake oats would likely work as well, since they are being processed anyway)
- 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)
- Unsweetened coconut, as needed. The amount can be varied depending on how much coconut you would like on the finished bites.
- 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
- 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
I hope that you will enjoy this recipe, tag me on Instagram (@jasmine.sarah13) if you decide to try this recipe out!