Fun Balls

I’m always on the hunt for healthy, delicious and convenient things to eat. One of my best buds is a genius when it comes to healthy bites – little balls are her specialty (I can’t even write that with a straight face). These balls are packed with healthy fat, protein, and whole grains, making them a great snack option. The base of the recipe is simple – dates, nut flour, nut butter, and oats. From there, you can add whatever you want to punch up the sweetness and flavor.

For lack of a better name, I call them Fun Balls. If anyone has a better suggestion, please share. Until then, I will be snickering at every mention of  “balls”. Ok, I’ll try to grow up now.

Well, I have started making them on a regular basis to keep on hand in the freezer for a quick snack or treat. My kids love them too and gobble them up before they even make it to the freezer.

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The recipe variations are endless, but my favorites are Breakfast Balls, Chocolate PB Balls, and Coconut Balls. Using the basic recipe of : 1/4 cup nut flour, 1/4 cup of nut butter, 6 dates, and 1/2 cup of oats, you can play around and find your favorite combinations. Let me know if you come up with anything delicious!

Breakfast Balls

These are just the right amount of sweet and pair perfectly with a cup of coffee.

Breakfast Balls

Breakfast Balls

Ingredients:

  • 6 pitted dates, chopped
  • ¼ cup of almond meal
  • ½ cup of oats
  • ¼ cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of dried cranberries, chopped
  • a few pieces of dark chocolate, chopped

Process:

  1. Chop the dates into small pieces. If you have a powerful blender or food processor, you can forgo chopping by hand. Without the right appliances, I end up chopping the dates, and all other ingredients, by hand.
  2. Add the dates, nut flour, nut butter, and any other ingredients (see examples below) to a bowl and mix well.
  3. Add the oats to the bowl and mix well. I prefer to grind the oats with a hand blender first, but that is not necessary. The balls will stay together even if the oats are whole.
  4. Roll the dough into small balls
  5. Chill them in the fridge or freezer.

Chocolate PB Balls

These balls are a sweet solution for a sugar craving.

Coco Balls

Chocolate PB Balls

Ingredients:

  • 6 pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of peanut flour (or powdered peanut butter)
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/2 cup of peanut butter
  • 1 Tablespoon of unsweetened coco powder
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, chopped

Process: Same as with Breakfast Balls

Coconut Balls

Coconut Balls

Coconut Balls

Ingredients:

  • 6 pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/4 cup of almond flour
  • 1/2 cup of oats
  • 1/4 cup of peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup of shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, chopped

Process: Same as with Breakfast Balls

Any Fun Ball recipes to share with the rest of us?

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7 Comments

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    thedancingrunner
    02/19/2014 at 8:22 am

    haha the title of this post made me giggle a little 🙂 I love all the balls!!

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    Melisa Bass
    02/22/2014 at 10:48 pm

    I made them tonight..perfect treat to satisfy my post partum sweet tooth!

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      hellodaynatalie
      02/23/2014 at 12:50 pm

      Hi Old Friend,
      So glad to hear that! How are you and the fam?
      xoxo

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    Maddi @ Push Ups in Pennyloafers
    03/01/2014 at 10:37 pm

    These look so yummy and easy to make :)!

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