Fruits and Veggies Monday - Fuss-free Date Energy Balls

in NaturalMedicine •  last month  (edited)

Once upon a time, my sweet tooth would always be looking for something...sweet and...sugar-laden; that is until a fairy godmother, a fellow Hive foodie @plantstoplanks, who by the way must be half my age; but much wiser on matters relating to good and healthy and nourishing food preparation; came along and rescued this old gal.
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This lovely lady has showed us how to use Dates as a natural and much healthier sweetener and how to make some really delicious sweet treats. I will never forget seeing her haul of gorgeous, luscious Meedjool Dates, ripe and ready for devouring!
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So I'll be totally honest and tell you what happens if I get hold of a slab of Chocolate; I could very easily make it disappear, but put some delicious Date Energy Balls in front of me, and I will behave like a model child, but only because these little balls of energy leaves me satisfied in no time at all!
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No wonder as they’re loaded with good carbs, protein, healthy fats plus fiber; the perfect guilt-free energy snack!
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These 5-ingredients no-bake energy Date Balls are super quick & easy to make and healthy to top it all!

5-INGREDIENTS DATE ENERGY BALLS

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See I told you, there's no Sugar in these Sweeties!

  • 2 cups Dates, diced
    - excellent for heart health and strengthening bones PLUS the high fibre content slows down digestion and prevents blood sugar level spikes.
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened Peanut Butter
    - contains potassium and protein which lowers the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
  • 1/3 cup Flax Seeds
    - is an amazing anti-inflammatory plus has a load of other health benefits.
  • 1/3 cup Rolled Oats
    - Lower Cholesterol Levels and is rich in anti-oxidants.
  • 1/3 cup Coconut
    - is high in manganese, essential for bone health; rich in copper and iron which helps form red blood cells, as well as selenium which is a vital anti-oxidant.

Pulse on high till mixture is smooth and will hold together to form balls; you may have to add a little extra peanut butter.
Form into small balls and roll in extra Coconut, store in refrigerator.

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One can vary the ingredients by adding:

  • Sunflower Seeds
    – Full of Vitamin B which is excellent for the nervous system

  • Nuts, Macadamia's my favourite
    – full of healthy fats and a low glycemic food

  • Raw Cacao Powder
    – contains flavonoids which is an excellent antioxidant

  • Almond Butter
    – monounsaturated fats which lowers cholesterol and risk of heart disease

BON APPETIT FRIENDS
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Hope you enjoyed these little sweet treats as my contribution to @lenasveganliving's Fruits and Veggies Monday.

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Rolled up tasty treat filled with goodness, definitely a different recipe to the normal I have seen.

The older one gets the more one thinks about nutritional value when approaching the kitchen, their health is in your hands approach, well done Lizelle.

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So right, we should start in our youth but unfortunately we only start thinking of the effects of what we feed our bodies when some bodily parts need overhauling not so!

Body needs all the energy one can find, definitely some dry red wine to keep well serviced with food 😄

Once upon a time, back when my mom convinced my dad (after their divorce) that he really needed a small health food store in our suburban L.A. community as a side business, since clearly being a full time schoolteacher and long time professional pianist, he didn't have nearly enough to do. ;-/

Long story short, the health food store, for which I relief cashier after school, carried these WONDERFUL energy bars made up of dates, almonds, and a few other ingredients, finally rolled in unsweetened shredded coconut. I think they may have also contained sesame seeds. I was crazy about the things.

They didn't contain peanut butter, but it's possible they contained almond butter, but in any case, they were absolutely delicious. And about two years ago, our local Walmart started sporadically carrying some similar energy balls, which I promptly grabbed, and buy every time they bring them back in stock. They're fabulous, and made in California.

So yes, I'll definitely be trying these, and messing around with alternate versions.

Thanks for posting this. And have a wonderful day/evening/lifetime!

Awe thank you for that lovely story @crescendoofpeace, if it was me working in my Dad's health food store, he would have run out of energy bars often as I'm really nutty about them;)
I have seen them in some of our local stores but homemade still is best plus you can play around with the ingredients. I just used what I had on hand but they are even better with macadamia nuts and sunflower seeds, and at least I don't feel so guilty afterwards as they're very filling, unlike a slab of chocolate!
A wonderful day/evening/lifetime to you as well;) PS it's afternoon here:)

Perfect timing! My daughter has mid-term exams over the next week or so, and will me greatly appreciating "Mama Magic" balls in her breaks. Always nice to have a recipe to play with... 😍

These are the perfect munchies for exam time, and I'm sure Mama @artemislives is just as hard at work being the support system so you also need some;);)

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Oh yum! You're definitely speaking my love language here. I just had a few dates with almond butter to appease my sweet tooth this afternoon, but was thinking I need to make some energy bites soon. And I'm probably at least 2/3 of your age, but always happy when the learning goes both ways. 🤣 One of my best friends is 74 and we are constantly learning from each other!

It's wonderful having friends like that not so, thank you @plantstoplanks for what you do all of the time to help others live a healthier lifestyle! Have a great week:)

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Bliss Balls, what a lovely name for these, love it @minismallholding! Thank you so much for the curation and feature, look forward to reading your newsletter:)

Hopefully it posts properly this week! 🤞

These look jus divine! I love dates. Although I don't have a sweet tooth, dates really do it for me. Remember date dainties made with Marie biscuits? 🤐🤣

Oh yes, those and the Rice Crispie ones were both my absolute favourites! I'm terrible with sweet stuff and it's not good for me at all but these sugar free ones don't affect my reflux and they're so easy to make; I still prefer adding sunflower seeds and macadamia nuts but did not have any in the pantry!
Thanks for popping in @fionasfavourites.

I want them Mom. So easy to make it! Yummy

You will love them @anggreklestari, someone called it Bliss Balls and it really is blissful eating them;);)
Thank you so much for your support!

Guau This looks really delicious, beautiful post.

They are very good @ladyfont, thanks for popping in:)

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They look really delicious! I will try as soon as possible :)

Thank you, I hope you do, they're lovely and really easy!

I can imagine @lizelle ! I am on a diet now. I will satisfy my sweet request with this recipe 😊

It looks spectacular, I will do it with some variations