Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Date Ball Cookies

These cookies are super simple, and quite healthy for cookies!

2 c. almond butter (or any nut butter)*
2 c. chopped dates (I like to buy whole dates and chop them myself so they become very sticky)
2 c. oats (I prefer quick oats because they are smaller)
optional: coconut, honey, maple syrup, vanilla extract, seeds

Mix well with a spoon and/or with hands. The mixture should stick together well. Use a tiny amount of water if too dry. Add more oats if too wet. If the mixture is too sticky to work with, but you don't want to change the consistency, you can leave it (preferably covered) in the refrigerator up to one hour before rolling the dough into balls. I store these in plastic airtight containers. If you are concerned about them sticking together, you could use wax paper to separate layers of cookies. These keep well in the refrigerator for at least one week.

A similar cookie that is also delicious: Form balls out of mushed dates and crushed walnuts. Roll in coconut.

*I have also heard of people experimenting with using pumpkin purée. I think one could use some sweet potato purée, or bean paste. I haven't tried using these yet, but the recipe is very easy to use for experimentation...

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