In mid-afternoon, when the hungry youngsters come operating off the bus and throw open the fridge or pantry doorways and declare with utmost urgency, “I NEED FOOD!!!!” I have to be armed. Lest I face the wrath of the hangry.
I need one thing that’s going to maintain them, and maintain them from saying to me in ten minutes, “I’m nonetheless hungry!”
Enter these almond butter date balls.
A KID-FRIENDLY AFTERNOON SNACK
I really like throwing a snack collectively shortly that retains within the fridge for days. Bonus factors if it may be made with components I have already got available. And double bonus if it’s comparatively “wholesome,” insofar because it’s not loaded with sugar. (There’s a time and a spot for issues which have sugar and also you’ll by no means see or hear us at Merely Recipes get preachy. However typically you need one thing that’s rather less, ahem, indulgent.)
These almond butter date balls meet the factors—after which some, as a result of they are going to maintain the children because of the protein within the almond butter and the nuts. And the balls are simply candy sufficient that they’ll fulfill the candy enamel my youngsters have inherited from either side of the household.
Triple bonus? If each of my boys prefer it, this implies they are going to search for it—which signifies that they’ll eat it with out being reminded that it’s there. And that’s the case with these date balls.
EASY PROTEIN BALLS IN THE FOOD PROCESSOR
This recipe wouldn’t be doable and not using a meals processor. It’s simply what you want, and there’s no actual approach to do it with out one. But it surely occurs so shortly, and you’ll have your youngsters lick the bowl. Reward!
A Few Phrases of Recommendation
There’s a small margin of error with this recipe. A few suggestions!
- Don’t tightly pack the dates into the measuring cup. You’ll have an excessive amount of and the components received’t come collectively correctly within the meals processor. This may occasionally outcome within the motor stopping in its tracks, creating a tragic ending for what appeared like a scrumptious starting.
- Don’t be tempted so as to add extra liquid. You’ll suppose you may repair by including extra liquid (i.e., maple syrup), however belief me, I’ve discovered the arduous method that this recipe is just not very acquiescent to course corrections! You’ll simply create new issues—i.e., a gloppy batter.
- Cease the meals processor as quickly as the combo comes collectively. If you happen to don’t, it’s going to inevitably outcome within the meals processor motor getting caught and the entire works will come to a screeching halt. Once more.
HAVE SNACKS, WILL TRAVEL
As a result of these infants are so quick to make, and since they’re candy and small, they’re the proper snack or after-dinner deal with in the event you don’t need to have one thing actually sugary however need to indulge a bit bit.
Additionally they journey nicely—I’ve shared them with my yoga courses many occasions.
Dates and nuts are extremely good for you (magnesium, fiber, protein, so on and so forth) anyway, however regardless, these simply style good. Additionally they occur to be vegan and gluten-free, if these are two areas of concern.
HOW TO STORE THESE DATE BALLS
These date balls maintain nice within the fridge, lined, for a few weeks. I’ve saved them longer than that, principally after I was recipe testing and forgot they had been in there, however truthfully more often than not they go fairly shortly.
They’re advantageous at room temperature, and you’ll retailer them lined in a container at room temperature for a couple of days. But when it’s sizzling and even only a bit heat, be ready for them to go a bit splat and get a bit misshapen.