Friday, October 30, 2015

Easy NO Bake Almond Dates Peanut Butter Brownie Balls

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A while back, I pinned this recipe from Fit Foodie Finds which claimed to be a healthy brownie. It sounded like the holy grail to me. I liked it mostly because I didn't have to bake it which means I couldn't burn it, put baking soda instead of baking powder, and it only had 4 ingredients.


The main ingredient was medjool dates and as usual I had to look for the organic version of this food. The first time I purchased this overly priced, shriveled up looking food, I forgot why I bought them and never touched them. I'm sure my worms LOVED them. Sometimes they eat way too well in that worm bin.



I had no idea dates were the secret to healthy brownies...



This time, I bought a $7 box of organic Medjool dates from Farm Fresh to You so I was determined to make something or eat every last one of them. It is 50 cents per date.

Pitting the dates wasn't half as difficult as I thought it would be, and their sweetness wasn't overpowering like many of the dried fruits I've tried.



The only downside to this recipe is that you have to either swap food out of your food processor to get everything chopped correctly, or you have to use two different machines. I used two machines because I started with the small chopper which will only chop the nuts just because I'm used to tossing my nuts in there. Next time, I'm only going to remember to just use the big food processor from the get go.

I need my big Cuisinart to shred the dates and mix the rest of the dough. Once the dates gum up into a pasty ball, it means they're done!



The only things I added to my recipe is salt and I put some vegan chocolate chips in some of them to mix it up.

These can certainly be made without salt or chocolate chips but I love a little salt in my chocolate, my caramel, on my snacks. I didn't think the chocolate chips really add anything to this raw ball because the dates make them sweet enough.



Recipe:
Yields 14 balls

What you need:

3/4C raw almonds
12 pitted Medjool dates
1T raw cocoa powder
2T all-natural peanut butter
1/4t salt

What you do:

Finely chop almonds in a food processor or chopper. Set aside.

Process Medjool dates until they form a ball or paste.

Add chopped almonds, cocoa powder, peanut butter, and salt to dates and pulse until the dough is well combined.

Form into balls.



Now if all talk about dates and balls is making me want to roll some up. Do it!

 Where we buy our food:
Organic Medjool dates Farm Fresh to You (Only in CA delivery area)
(some of these are affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you use my links and make a purchase)
Organic Nuts - Braga Organic Farms
Organic Fair Trade Cocoa - Amazon
Organic Peanut Butter - Vons and Ralphs have the BEST deals!





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