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Date Bites with Tahini Plated

Healthy Date Bites with Tahini and Coconut


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  • Author: Jordana Eloise
  • Total Time: 25-40 Minutes
  • Yield: 22-24 Bites 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Healthy, delicious and filling. These no–bake Date Bites with sweetened coconut and chocolate chips will satisfy your sweet cravings without sacrificing flavour and they are gluten–free. 


Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 16 dates
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed *ground or whole
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa. I prefer to use Dutch Processed Cocoa in this recipe
  • 1 tablespoon -1/4 cup mini chocolate chips *optional
  • 3 teaspoons sweetened desiccated coconut or 1 tablespoon coconut sugar *optional
  • 1 tablespoon hemp hearts *optional
  • 1/41/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon *optional
  • 1/2 cup tahini
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

  1. Remove the pit from the dates.
  2. If you do not have a food processor you will need to chop and soak the dates then place them in a small bowl ½ cup of  water for 10 minutes.
  3. Get a large bowl and add the dry ingredients. Oats, chia seeds, flax seeds, cocoa, sea salt, cinnamon if using, hemp hearts, desiccated coconut or coconut sugar. Mix until well combined and set aside.
  4. Pat the dates dry with a paper towel or press through a strainer to remove as much moisture as possible.
    Chopped Dates in Bowl Soaked and drained dates
    The first time that I made these Date Bites I did not get rid of enough moisture and they turned out to be sticky, wet. I would say they looked like round globs. I couldn’t even call them bites or balls. I ended up putting them in the oven for over an hour to dehydrate them so that they were edible. With that said they had a really nice crust around them that was good. So if you end up not getting enough moisture out from the dates you can always put them in the oven at 250 degrees Fahrenheit (120 degrees Celsius) for about 40 to 60 minutes or until they have a thin dry outer layer around them. You could also leave them rolled in balls uncovered on the kitchen counter on a baking sheet with parchment paper until they have dried out. That method will likely take a few hours depending on how much moisture is in your home.
  5. Place the strained chopped/ mashed dates in a medium bowl.
  6. Add the tahini, vanilla extract and olive oil then stir until well combined. Add the date mixture to the large bowl with the dry ingredients then start with a gentle chopping and folding motion until the ingredients are fully combined.
  7. If you are using a food processor, pit the dates then put them in a food processor and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of water over them. Pulse a few times then blend until the mixture comes together in a ball. About 30 seconds.
    Halved dates in bowl Processed Dates
  8. With the processor off, sprinkle the blended dates with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and process until the mixture is combined. About 1 minute.
  9. At this point you have two options. You can either take the dates out of the food processor and mix it by hand with the dry ingredients, or you can add the dry ingredients to the food processor with the dates and combine everything then put the mixture in a large bowl for about 2 minutes.
  10. Add the chocolate chips and gently chop and fold until the mixture is fully combined.
  11. Start rolling the bites into balls. The advantage to adding the olive oil is that it makes it easier when rolling the bites and it’s healthy. The mixture is less sticky in your hands when it rolls into rolling balls.
    Dry ingredients in bowl Combined dry ingredients
  12. If you are mixing the ingredients by hand you will need a sturdy spatula. This is the one that I use and it provides enough flexibility to hug the corners of the bowl yet being strong enough to mix all of the ingredients thoroughly.*I would like to have a link to the affiliate program for the spatula that I use here.
  13. Start with a small chopping motion to get the wet and dry ingredients incorporated. Then gently fold and press the ingredients in the bowl and start with the small chopping motion again. This method should eliminate your stirring the mixture and possibly end up with half of it on the counter and the floor.
    Partially mixed ingredients
  14. Check if the mixture is ready to roll into balls by pressing the mixture with the spatula or you can try to form a ball by pressing some of the mixture in your hands. If it doesn’t stick together, you can either mix it some more or add 1 teaspoon of water and then continue chopping and folding until it is fully combined and ready to make the date bites. It is very important to mix the ingredients thoroughly so that all the ingredients are evenly distributed.
    Fully combined ingredients
  15. Roll the bites into balls. Press the mixture together to form a ball rather than rolling them. By doing this you allow the ingredients to come together instead of crumbling. Take a soup spoon or tablespoon and scoop some of the mixture then start pressing it together then gently use your fingertips to form them into balls.
    Bites rolled into balls
  16. The bites can be stored covered in the fridge for up to 10 days or in a freezer–friendly container with layers of parchment paper for up to 3 months.

Notes

Q: Does this recipe work well with additions or substitutions?
A: These date bites work well with add-ins or substitutions. I have provided a list of ingredients below that you may like to try out with this recipe.

Q: Is there a difference between sweetened and unsweetened coconut?
A: Yes there is. The unsweetened coconut is usually drier in texture whereas the sweetened coconut is moister. I add sweetened coconut to recipes where I want to maintain a moist texture. Another benefit of using sweetened coconut is that you can reduce the amount of sugar in a sweet recipe because sugar is already included.

  • Prep Time: 25-40 Minutes