I had bought some dates and was trying to think of something to make with them. Dates are in most vegan recipes but they are really expensive so I hadn’t bought them. Then the coupon I had was about to expire so I bit the bullet and decided to buy them. Then I saw the awesome protein balls around on Pinterest and decided to try the dates in that. Here are my 3 Ingredient Protein Balls.
First off let me say that dates look like cockroaches, especially while soaking, and it totally freaked me out and I almost threw them all away! Then I took them out of the water to take out the pits and the skins come off – I threw up a little because it totally looked like the big ones. Now I am not a total scardy-cat, but I have had the big suckers in my apartment. Totally scared of them, I admit it. Creepy!
The three real ingredients are just dates, walnuts and oats. The add-ins I used were cinnamon and vanilla – and really I can’t even taste the cinnamon or vanilla so it isn’t necessary. This recipe is a lot easier than I ever thought it would be!
Soak some dates, then squeeze the pits out. Toss them in the food processor with the walnuts and pulse. I added the vanilla and cinnamon-the vanilla added enough moisture so they got grooving. Then I poured everything into a bowl and added the oats and mixed everything with my hands. Wet hands then roll the mixture into small balls and place on plate. Refrigerate until firm; be sure to leave in fridge in a ziplock baggy so they won’t go bad.
1 C Dried Dates, soak and de-pit
1 C Fishers Walnuts
1 C Oats
1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
1 Tsp Cinnamon
1. Soak dates in water for 2-3 hours.
2. Drain dates and carefully squeeze out pits. Toss dates into food processor.
3. Add walnuts and pulse. Add vanilla and cinnamon. Turn processor on low and mix.
4. Pour mixture into a bowl and add oats.
5. Have a plate out and ready.
6. Mix oats and date mixture with hands.
7. Once all mixed, wet hands with a little water and roll mixture into balls. Line up on plate.
8. Refrigerate for a few hours. Store in ziplock baggy in fridge.
Total Fat: 4g