Although this recipe displays a red for fat and sugar on the traffic light, remember, that nearly all the fat and sweetness come from the seeds and dates. Adding seeds to your diet is a great way to get nutrients like fibre, protein, omega-3 fats and antioxidants. You can vary the taste, texture and nutrients by swapping with other seeds, nuts and dried fruits; such as almonds, pistachios and cranberries. Consider omitting the chocolate chips, which contain added sugar, and enjoy the natural sweetness from the dates.
12 pitted Medjool dates
25 g (¼ cup) hulled roasted pumpkin seeds
25 g (¼ cup) chia seeds
25 g (¼ cup) sesame seeds
25 g (¼ cup) cocoa powder
½ tsp pure vanilla extract
¼ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp fine grain sea salt
25 g (¼ cup) mini dark chocolate chips
4 tsp water
What does this chart mean?
- Saturated fat1.8g
- Trans fat0.0g
- Sugars (Total)21.6g
- Vitamin A2.2RAE
- Vitamin C0.2mg
- Vitamin D0.0mcg
- Vitamin B120.0mcg
- Place dates in a food processor and process until a chunky paste forms. If the dates are dry, you might need a bit of water to help thin out the paste.
- Add in pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sesame, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
- Process until thoroughly combined. Pulse in the chocolate chips. The dough should be sticky when pressed between your fingers. If it’s not sticky enough to shape into balls, add a small amount of water (a teaspoon at a time) and process until it comes together.
- Remove dough from the food processor and shape into 10 small balls and freeze for 20 minutes or until firm.
- Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to several weeks.