I've never been a fan of dates until I tried one of these rolls. A few months ago, my coworker introduced me to the Whole Foods coconut date roll and I was hooked. I immediately liked dates! Who would have thought?! Two days ago, I had a MAD craving for them and immediately drove to Whole Foods to pick some up. I must have spent 30 minutes looking for them in the bulk aisle & produce section. WHERE THE EFF WERE THEY?!! I stared at the shelves for a long time, hoping that they would magically appear. Nope. They didn't! So I went home and obsessed about these rolls and decided to throw in the towel and make my own. I took another trip to Whole Foods and picked up the ingredients, whipped some up and and they turned out pretty awesome! The nuts weren't in the original roll I tried, but they make a fantastic addition. I've eaten like 5 today and Cooper has had two! They are all natural and pretty guilt free (all the fat is good fat). It makes me feel good to know that something this good is not only simple, but free of heavy processing and unnatural sugars. It makes this momma happy.
Let's get started! It's the simplest little recipe!
Gather your ingredients. Dates, almonds & coconut flakes.
Put them in a blender. Whir up! It takes a few minutes. Be patient. I wasn't at first.
Then you have a paste! It comes together nicely. Go ahead and pinch it together.
Kinda sticky huh? Form small balls of the coconut date nut mixture in your hand.
Roll it in your coconut. The coconut is key. If you don't roll it in some, they are too sticky.
I flattened the balls so that they would stack better in my container.
Place a slivered almond on top to make it pretty! Take a taste. Do you like it?
Now put them in a container! I reused the date container! Recycle!
They are great when kept in the fridge too! Nice and cool and they firm up a bit!
Coconut Date Rolls
- 1 lb. pitted dates
- 1 cup slivered almonds, roasted
- 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut flakes (reserve some for rolling)
Blend the dates, almonds & coconut in a food processor until a paste is formed. Roll heaping tablespoonfuls of the paste in the dried coconut and form into 1-2 inch balls. Top with a slivered almond! Makes about 25 little rolls.
***If you find that the mixture is not coming together as you'd like and seems too dry, add the smallest splash of water and then continue to whir it up in the food processor!***