Coconut Date Poppers (paleo, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free, egg and nut-free)
My kids and I have become huge date fans. They have become a staple in our household, and we purchase them in bulk, saving a bundle! I’m always thrilled when I come across a healthy snack food that the kids enjoy for more than a day or two, and even more thrilled when its something that Japheth and I enjoy too. Anything to make life a little easier while juggling the little ones and the business is awesome. We use them as a sweetener for our smoothie and a topping for our salads. We make homemade Lara bars with them, stuff them with almond butter or coconut butter, and even eat them plain by the handful. I love that they are sweet, chewy, and even more healthy than one might think! Read more about the health benefits of dates, and a few ways that we like to snack on them here .
Did I mention I love creating new recipes? Well I do, as many of our blog followers could have guessed. And since we love dates, I am frequently experimenting with fun new ways to eat them. These little date poppers are a perfect snack. They’re chewy with a little crunch to keep them interesting. Also, I have a theory that people love any kind of food that is in the form of a little ball. Right? The coconut provides a healthy fat that not only tastes great but can fill the tummy in a pinch. And cinnamon and nutmeg…I’m sure I don’t need to tell you what a perfect match they are! These are the perfect size for snacking on the go, and are sweet enough to even be a healthy dessert for the kids. And easy. True to form, I have created another super easy recipe here, as long as you have a food processor (which you should definitely have, but I’ll save that rant for another post :)).
Coconut Date Poppers
1c packed organic dates (pitted)
1/4c coconut butter
1/4c unsweetened shredded coconut
1/2 rounded tsp cinnamon
1/4tsp Himalayan sea salt
Handful of toasted coconut flakes (optional)
Process all ingredients except coconut flakes in food processor for about 30 seconds. Mixture will look crumbly, like this. Add coconut flakes (if using) and process for an additional 5-10 seconds or until combined. It’s ok, even preferable, if coconut flakes are still a little chunky. This is the crunch! Mixture should look crumbly, like this:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Form “dough” into 1″ balls and place them on the sheet. You will need to squeeze dough in your hands a little as you make balls to make sure it sticks together well. Balls will look like this:
Makes about 20-22 balls. Place baking sheet in fridge for about 20min or until firm. Keep stored in fridge for a week, if they last that long! I hope you enjoy this fun and yummy coconut date recipe as much as we do!