Healthy Hints

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.

Ingredients

Ingredients

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?

Serving Weight 37 g g
  • Calories177kcal
  • Protein4.0g
  • Fat7.2g
  • Saturated fat1.8g
  • Trans fat0.0g
  • Cholesterol0.0mg
  • Carbohydrate29.1g
  • Sugars (Total)21.6g
  • Fibre5.4g
  • Sodium63.00mg
  • Salt0.2g
  • Iron1.7mg
  • Vitamin A2.2RAE
  • Vitamin C0.2mg
  • Vitamin D0.0mcg
  • Vitamin B120.0mcg
  • Potassium313.7mg

Directions

  1. 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.
  2. Add in pumpkin seeds, chia seeds, sesame, cocoa powder, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
  3. 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.
  4. Remove dough from the food processor and shape into 10 small balls and freeze for 20 minutes or until firm.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to several weeks. 
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