Monday, March 2, 2009


This is a variation on the date balls posted earlier.  It's the same idea, but this version is a little less healthy (without the walnuts, etc.) and my kids view it as more of a treat.  I also tried putting them in a pan and cutting them up and that was fun and a little bit easier.  Kind of like fudge squares, ya know?  (Kind of.)

3/4 c. oatmeal
2 c. dates*
3 T. peanut butter
2 T. cocoa powder

  • Blend oatmeal in food processor.
  • Add other ingredients and blend until all mixed together.
  • Press into 8x8 pan (or roll into balls).
  • Chill and then cut into little squares.
*You can buy pitted dates at most health food stores.  I think Costco also sells unsweetened dates.  I store mine in the fridge because it's humid here.  You can add more peanut butter (I've done it and they are good!) but that makes them higher in fat, or you can lower the fat by using less peanut butter.  

1 comment:

Rebekah said...

i got some dates that were too hard for my food processor. so i just steamed them, and it worked great. it did change the texture slightly. they turned out more like lara bars, if you've ever had those. also, a long time ago, i had some really old dried dates; they were rock hard. so, i boiled them in a little water. it made kind of a paste, which i then used to make date squares. it turned out more like fudge. so, just some other options . . . .