Many Clean Eating recipes call for dates in the ingredients. It bugs me when I watch a video of someone popping dates into their food processor and 30 seconds later they have a creamy, smooth date mix. When I do it, my dates shoot around like projectile bullets and I end up with a really lumpy problem. For a while, I solved this issue by using Medjool Dates. They are gorgeously soft, moist and my food processor loves them – but they are helluva expensive.
So I have a little trick that turns your ‘regular ol’ date’ into the perfect substitute. Soaking them in hot water for around 15 minutes lets them reabsorb some lost moisture. It also softens them up so that when you process them, they break apart into a smooth date mix – just like the pros.
Granola bites are quick to make – 5 minutes and you’re done quick.
I normally only use 4 ingredients when I make up a batch of these, but for today’s recipe (and the purpose of getting a pretty picture) I rolled them in shredded coconut. Most of the time, I skip this step.
What you will need:
Nuts / Seeds
So next time you make a cuppa … pour 1/2 cup hot water over a cup of chopped dates. Let it cool for around 10 – 15 min.
Pop dates, oats, peanut butter and seeds into your food processor and whizz. I only do this for around 10 – 15 seconds as I don’t want my bites too smooth. But again, this is up to you. Whizz for a bit longer if you don’t want a crunchy texture.
Roll 1 teaspoon of the mix into a ball. You can roll in coconut or crushed nuts to really impress.
- 1 Cup Chopped Dates
- 1 1/4 Cup Organic Oats
- 1/4 Cup Peanut Butter
- 1 Cup Nuts and Seeds (I used walnuts and sunflower seeds for mine)
- Soak your chopped dates in 1/2 cup hot water for 15 min.
- Put all ingredients in the food processor and whizz for around 15 seconds.
- Roll 1 teaspoon of mix into a ball.
- OPTIONAL: Roll in coconut or crushed nuts.