Date and Chocolate Oat Bites! These delicious bites are dairy free, gluten free and nut free, making them suitable for most!
Growing up, I used to bake something similar to these. Well, bake and bake, there is really not much baking required to make these. All you do is to combine all ingredients, roll them into balls and then you eat them. No cooking required nor ovens. Except for melting the coconut oil.
The original recipe has a lot of sugar and butter in them. And even though I still enjoy the original recipe from time to time, I had to make one without the sugar and the butter. Just to try and see how it would turn out.
And you know what? You can hardly tell the difference!
… I almost dare to say that these are better than the original!
The Chef, who usually is not too impressed with these raw food balls that are immensely popular these days, has devoured these like there’s no tomorrow. Well, that’s and exaggeration, but he really liked them.
This batch makes about 16 balls, but as you can see, there only half pictured. The thing is, I was planning to take a picture of these the same day I made them, but I didn’t have any desiccated coconut to roll them in, so I had to acquire that before the photo session. So when I was taking these pictures, half of the batch had already been eaten. So I had to play around with what I got. And I had to make sure that no one else ate any more of these until I’ve finished taking pictures of them.
Well, except for taking pictures of course. I HAD to take a bite of one of these and take a picture of a half eaten one, to illustrate to you viewers what they look like inside. The things one does for work.
So these balls are free from refined sugars, sweetened with dates and has no dairy in them. And they’re nut free (as coconut is actually not a nut). But if you’re allergic to to nuts and unsure if you can eat coconuts, check with your doctor if you can eat coconut, as some with nut allergies can react to coconut. If you can’t roll them in coconut, you can always roll them in cocoa powder.
These balls have a hint of coffee to them, and even if you’re not big on coffee, I’m sure you will still like these. You can hardly taste the coffee, but it does a lot for the overall flavour.
But if you really really don’t like coffee, a splash of milk will do. These date and oat chocolate bites will still be epic.
- 125 g pitted dates about 12 dates
- 90 g 1 cup oats (use certified GF for a gluten free version)
- 3 tbsp coconut oil melted
- 3 tbsp cocoa powder
- 2 tbsp cold brewed coffee or milk of your choice
- 1 tsp vanilla bean powder
- Dessicated coconut or cocoa powder optional
Place all ingredients in a food blender.
Blend until combined.
Roll into small balls, the size of a walnut.
Roll in desiccated coconut or cocoa powder.
*Store these in the refrigerator, where they will stay fresh up to 5 days