Pistachio Date Balls Loaded with Superfoods
No more date balls, I said; they’re messy to make! So why then, these Pistachio Date Balls with superfoods? Ha. A mom can change her mind, can’t she? Especially when she’s worked out how to keep her hands (mostly) clean…
Previously I’ve rolled a batch of date balls and had to scrape the thick layer of mixture off my hands halfway through. Yeugh. At that stage my solution was to press the mixture into a lined dish and then to cut them into squares after refrigerating; works great, and it’s quicker, too. But I noticed Emily really enjoys the date balls I buy her now and then. And I wanted a little-something to make school snack-time fun and superfood-fuelled.
I had a trick to try. Before rolling the mixture into balls, I wet my hands a little, and… success! No thick coating to scrape off, and squeaky clean after a simple stint with soap and water.
This should make it easier to switch between making date balls or squares, which keeps the snacks interesting! I hope you’re thinking ‘Yay, that’s helpful!’ and not ‘She didn’t know to wet her hands first?’ (In which case, just smile and nod and let me have it, please. 😉)
Pistachio Date Balls with Hidden Superfoods
makes roughly 12 big, 24 small
- ½ cup pistachios (+ extra for rolling) or your choice of nut
- 1 cup dates, pitted
- 1/3 cup ground Drasanvi Organic Chia (ground with a blender or coffee grinder) optional
- 1 tsp Drasanvi Organic Wheatgrass
- Optional: 2 capsules emptied out Flora Force Gingko Biloba (for enhanced memory)
- ¼ tsp desert salt
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil)
- 1 Tbsp water
Dusting to roll the balls in:
One or all of the below
- ground pistachios or your choice of nut
- desiccated coconut
- Drasanvi Organic Hemp Hearts
- In a food processor, grind the pistachio nuts, keeping some aside if you want it as a coating for the date balls. (We kept aside 2 Tbsp to roll a few of the date balls in.)
- Add dates (make sure there are no pips!) and the rest of the ingredients – except the water – and process on high until the mixture resembles crumbs; around 30 -60 seconds depending on your machine.
- With the machine on, pour the water in through the spout. The mixture should immediately look wetter. Process or pulse until everything is evenly mixed. Test it by squeezing a little mixture between your fingers; it should stick together.
- On a chopping board, plate or piece of baking paper, divide mixture into even amounts using a spoon to make the size of date ball that you want. Once it is all evenly distributed, rub a little water onto your hands to make them damp, and roll the mixture between your palms to make nicely rounded shapes. This should help prevent your hands getting coated with a sticky layer of date mixture!
- Roll them in your choice of dusting, and seal in a container in the fridge. Add to lunchboxes or snaffle at will.