Pretty much every day, I tell myself to try to go all day without eating dessert. It almost NEVER happens. By the afternoon, everyone sitting near me at work will either see me sneak over to a coworker's desk and steal their M&M's or they'll hear me say "ummm, does anyone here have chocolate?" This is just part of the daily routine of my life. Whenever I can find something that will cure my sweet tooth but doesn't really count as dessert, I'm thrillllled! Then Mitch will listen to me say at least twice that night, "Can you believe I didn't eat dessert ALL DAY!?!" Sad, but true. The great news is that these Cutie Coconut Date Rolls totally cure the sweet tooth and definitely DO NOT count as dessert (at least not in my book)!
Have you ever bought Coconut Date Rolls before? I've been known to cave at Whole Foods and buy a $12 package of them. Every time I do, I tell myself that next time I'm making them at home! So glad I finally did because I like these even better! They're super cute, only 4 ingredients, and only take about 5 minutes to make. These little balls are packed with fiber, protein, and healthy fats and each one is just about 100 calories (less if you make them smaller!). The best bonus is they taste like cookie dough -I'm serious! I will be making a batch of these at least once a week and you should too.
12 pitted dates
1/2 cup slivered toasted almonds
3/4 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
12 dark chocolate chips
Optional: 2 tbsp water, if necessary
Yields 12-14 balls (depending on how big or small you roll them)
1. Blend the dates, almonds, and 1/2 cup of the shredded coconut in a food processor until a smooth
paste forms. This may take some time and may require you to turn off the food processor, push the paste down
towards the blades, and keep blending. Be patient, it will come together eventually!
Note: if your dates are more dry and the paste isn't quite coming together, add up to 2 tbsp water.
2. Scoop out a spoonful of the paste and (using damp hands) roll it into a ball.
3. Now roll the balls in the remaining shredded coconut to coat the outside.
4. Top each ball with one chocolate chip. Press it in to make sure it will stay.
5. I like them best straight out of the fridge but you can try them right away if you want and they'll still be delish!
How easy is that! Don't they taste like cookie dough? I'm hooked!!
July 28th, 2016
December 6, 2016
Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.