Once in a while, I get a hankering for something strange. Lately, it’s been coconut and ginger. Plus, I’m always wanting something sweet around the house that is still pretty “clean.” Trust me, I can do a number on some cookies or cake, but I always feel 100000x guilty afterward. So to me, this recipe is the perfect little something-sweet-and-guilt-free.
Adapted from Every Last Bite, this recipe seriously took me like, five minutes to whip up. I made them into tiny little balls so I feel like I have more of them… I think these would be delicious spread on an apple, graham crackers, or just popped in your mouth after dinner. Or for breakfast. Or whenever. Enjoy!
Coconut Ginger Balls (makes about 1 dozen)
8 medjool dates, pitted
3/4 cup unsweetened coconut, shredded
2 tablespoons walnut pieces
2 tablespoons fresh ginger
1/2 tablespoon honey (optional – the dates are pretty sweet already!)
1. Put dates in food processor and pulse for about a minute, until a paste is formed.
2. Add in the rest of your ingredients and blend until combined. A soft, sticky dough will form. You may need to scrape the sides a time or two.
3. Form into tablespoon-ish sized balls. You may want to wet your hands just a little so it doesn’t stick. Keep in the refrigerator for a week, or in the freezer for up to a month.
Here’s the thing. My sweet tooth comes and goes. And lately, it’s been visitng me in full force. I can’t explain it. All of a sudden I want ALL THE SWEETS. So this weekend I said to myself, “Self, enough is enough. Stop this.” So I did a bit of googling and pinteresting, and after reading several recipes, came up with this little dandy. For me, it’s a nice, natural sugar boost. And they are VERY sweet. Like, potent sweet. Last night I had one tiny ball and a cup of tea and was completely satisfied, and I don’t even have to feel bad about it.
Here’s the other thing. I LOVE working out first thing in the morning, mostly because I can go about my day and know it’s over with. But it poses a few issues. The main issue is: To eat beforehand or not to eat beforehand. If I’m just going for a run, I definitely don’t eat first. But I recently joined crossfit (and UGH, more on this another time), and a 6 a.m. crossfit workout on an empty stomach is just stupid. So these little bites of natural sugar worked really well yesterday morning. No stomach cramps, no fatigue. Blam!
Also, I know they look terrible. My sweet husband pointed that out, but trust me, I already knew.
Sweet Date Bites
1.5 oz cashews (or any nut)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 cup chocolate protein powder (really you could probably use any kind)
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon vanilla
16 pitted dates
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon water
Combine all ingredients in a food processor, and blend until a sticky dough is formed. If it’s not coming together, slowly add a little bit more water. Use a tablespoon to form small balls. You should end up with 14 or so.
Nutrition info for one ball: Calories-65 Fat-2g Protein-2g Sugar-7g