Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Date Balls

Let’s just talk about this title for a second.

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Number One.  It’s kind of long.  I wanted to tell you all right off the bat what was in the recipe…so that takes care of that.  Number Two.  I felt a little funny typing the word ‘balls’…which might be a huge indication that I need to grow up?  I mean, I don’t know why I would feel anything other than nothing while typing the title but, in my life, that’s not the case.  I almost changed the name to ‘bites’ but decided against it.  I mean, I’m just stating what they are.  Balls.  There is no other way around it.  They don’t have corners and they have a radius, circumference, and an area.  By definition, it’s a ball.  So, let’s move on, shall we?

(I’m really just telling myself to move on; not you guys…because you probably aren’t even making a big deal out of this like I am.  You are all probably already grown up.)

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I love recipes like this.  You know I’m all about quick, easy, and healthy.  Last year, my aunt brought all of the ingredients to make a version of a date brownie to my grandma’s house for one of our family dinners.  As she explained what she was going to do, my grandma kept asking her what the oven had to be set on…and, after about three times of my aunt answering her, she finally accepted the fact that we didn’t need to use the oven.  You know how grandma’s are…always wanting to throw something delicious into the oven!  Those brownies became a family favorite and I have made a few different versions since then…and I have to say that these balls are one of my favorite variations!

They are flavorful and sweet.  They are great for a quick snack before or after a workout.  Or just for one of those quick snacks you need when you walk through the kitchen and decided you need to eat something right.this.second.  They are definitely a better choice than using your finger to scoop out a glob of vanilla icing from the fridge.  Not that I’m saying that happens here.  I’m just using it as an example to illustrate that they are a great go-to healthy snack!

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Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Date Balls

Ingredients:

1 cup whole-grain quick cooking oats

1 to 1-1/2 cups whole pitted dates

1/2 cup peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter!)

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until mixture resembles coarsely ground crumbs.  As a side note, when you start the process the mixture, it will be thick and may form into a ball and some may stick to the sides.  Using a spatula, scrap extra down the sides and continue to pulse until ball loosens and crumbs are formed. 

Using your hands, form small portions of the crumb mixture into balls.  The mixture may feel very crumbly and may not be able to be ‘rolled’ between your palms but should be able to be pressed into the desired shape using your fingers.

Serve immediately.  Store any extra balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Yield:  16-20 balls, depending on size.

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Disclaimer:  I totally eat globs of icing from my fridge for a snack.

Enjoy!
Kelly

Something to share:  Do you have a favorite guilty pleasure snack that you can’t say ‘no’ to?

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24 Responses to Oatmeal and Peanut Butter Date Balls

  1. Carla says:

    AHH the child THINKS SHE HATES DATES…I wonder if in here she’d even taste them?!

  2. I’ve never used dates as a sweetener for baking. I need to try it!

  3. oh snack balls are just oh so good! itz a snow day here in st louis so maybe i’ll have to make some!

  4. I feel the same way. Saying “balls” just brings out my 13 year old self. These BITES look delish. I love adding dates to anything for a little sweet fix.

  5. Hey! I LOOOOVE these! I’d love to feature them on alovingspoon.com, once I relaunch the site and use our “Honey Vanilla Bourbon Peanut Butter.” I think they would be amazing with that flavor. What an awesome recipe:)

  6. I swear I’m not immature, but yes I laugh at balls every time too. Always love these quick and easy ones!

  7. I think these would taste good, like cookie dough without the salmonella poisoning from the raw egg (:

  8. Ha, your grandma sounds adorable!

  9. I wouldn’t be able to say no to these!! YUM! I love dates…

  10. Kierston says:

    Send some over my way :)

  11. Sagan says:

    YUM!

    Must make these ASAP. The perfect snack!

    Concerned that half of it might be munched on straight from the bowl without even being turned into balls, though…

  12. Elena says:

    Haha… thanks for the recipe! These look great! Totally laughed out loud at the frosting comment – don’t we all!?!? Thanks again – I can’t wait to make these!

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