Raw, Vegan, No Bake, No Salt Date Balls {for the kids}

What a fun project this was today. Super easy, quick, healthy AND delicious. Can't beat that. Oh wait, yes I can, they are also kid-approved

My sons love dates and of course chocolate. I don't allow them much chocolate, even if it is raw cacao powder. Just a sprinkle on these gives the feel and taste of chocolate without the side effects. 

If your kid like to help out in the kitchen, like my oldest son, then this project is a great one for a rainy day. And best of all, there is no baking or dehydrating involved. 

DATE BALL INGREDIENTS

1/2 c sprouted walnuts {or just raw walnuts}
1/2 c sprouted cashews {or just raw cashews}
20 dates 
2 Tbls date sugar {optional}
1 1/2 Tbls lemon juice {or water if don't have this}

Optional: cacao powder, hemp seeds, goji berries, coconut flakes for topping

DATE BALL INSTRUCTIONS

In a Vitamix blend the dates, date sugar and lemon juice until it turns into a paste. Like 1 minute or so. 

In a Cusinart or food processor chop nuts on high until so fine that they almost turn into a flour. 

Using your hands and fingers roll 1 tsp or 1 Tbls of date paste into the nuts until it forms a ball. Then lightly roll that ball again through the chopped nuts. {see photos}

I decided to do a layer of raw cacao powder. You can use regular toasted cocoa powder if you want as well. It gave them a dark truffle sort of a look. 

You can roll them in coconut powder, goji berries or even hemp seeds if you feel like it. 

Refrigerate balls for about 2 hours. 

Your kids should like them as well. Of course I can't guarantee it, but give it try. Great source of healthy fats, fiber and carbohydrates to keep their brains running smoothly {wink}. 

NOTE: If you have any of the chopped nut flour mixture left, save it, I'm making raw vegan banana bread and it calls for this same mixture. 

Enjoy & Happy Weekend!