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3 ways to make Date Balls | Texture

When I think of texture, dates come to come. Dates come in different shapes and sizes. Some soft and melt in your mouth like butter. While others are chewy hard. Majdool dates large, very wrinkly, with a some what hard outer layer yet soft and chewy insides. Noor dates are smaller than Majdool and much softer. Ajwa dates are even smaller than Noor dates and hard as rocks, okay maybe not that hard but you get the picture. Ajwa dates taste good but inner layer is hard & chewy. You need good teeth for Ajwa dates. (Click here to read more about Ajwa dates).

Whatever the shape, dates make a great snack. Instead of just eating as is, add them with other ingredients to make energy balls and sweet snacks without all the calories. Each snack has different ingredients and textures but one thing they have in common is taste, they are all easy to make and taste mad good. Check out my three ways of making date balls.

1. Sesame Date Balls

This is a simple snack that adds a crunchy texture 

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Sesame Date Balls

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 6 large dates (preferably Majdool)
  • 2 Tablespoons Sesame seeds
  • 1 Teaspoon honey (optional)

Directions

Directions: Take out the seeds and place in the food processor. Add some honey if you like to hold it together. May not be necessary depending on the sweetness of date. The sweeter the date, the more sugar it has to hold it together. Drier dates need honey. Chop the dates until they are cut up. They will appear chunky still but you’ll see when you touch it that they are chopped. Roll the dates into a ball. Sprinkle the seeds over the date or roll it into the sesame seeds. Then EAT! Refrigerate there after.

No food processor? Take a date, tear it open, take the seed out, and pull the date inside out so that the hard part is inside. Roll the ball in your hand until it softens and rolls up. This will get your hand sticky but it will work. Roll in sesame seeds there after.

2. Energy Date Balls

Soft chewy texture with an added crunch 

Energy Date Balls

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 6 Large Dates (Majdool)
  • 1 tablespoon Chia seeds (for energy)
  • 3 Tablespoons dark chocolate chips (or however much you want – more chocolate doesn’t hurt)
  • 1 Tablespoon Sesame seeds (optional)

Directions: Take out the seeds and place in the food processor with chocolate chips. Chop until you see the dates are in small pieces. They will appear chunky still but you’ll see when you touch it that they are chopped.  Take out of fridge after 20 minutes and roll into balls and sprinkle chia seeds on top.  For an added crunch roll into sesame seeds there after.

No food processor? Take a date, tear it open, take the seed out, and chop the dates.  Thereafter mix in chopped chocolate chips, dates, and Chia seeds together.  Mix them together and refrigerator them for 30 minutes.   Take them out and roll them into a ball. Store in the fridge.

3. Peanut Butter Date Balls

Soft with added bite from the coconut – Made with Omani dates.

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Peanut Butter Date Balls

  • Servings: 10-12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

14 small dates (Noor dates) or 9 Majdool
1/3 cup Peanut Butter (I like it peanut buttery but you can use 1/4 cup instead).
1/3 cup oatmeal
2 Tablespoons sweetened Coconut
1 Tablespoon Date Molasses (Dibs) – or honey if you do not have date molasses but date molasses taste better in this recipe.

Directions:

Directions: Take out the seeds and place in the food processor with oatmeal, and coconut. Chop until you see the dates are in small pieces. They will appear chunky still but you’ll see when you touch it that they are chopped. Add peanut butter and date molasses and mix them in manually with a spoon.

No food processor? Take a date, tear it open, take the seed out, and chop the dates.  Thereafter mix in oatmeal, coconut, dates, peanut butter and molasses together.  Mix them together and refrigerator them for 30 minutes.   Take them out and roll them into a ball. Store in the fridge.

ENJOY

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