Well it has been a while my friends. Life got the most of me with moving into our home, the summer schedule and friends and family visiting, which was all definitely a plus and worth getting off the blog schedule. Now we are back…back to our schedule. school, bedtimes, and BLOGGING. For my first Foodie Friday post after the break, I want to highlight a food that is a quick and easy snack full of nutrition and energy. I chose this snack because this is one of the foods that my amazing friend, Leah Conti, introduced to our family. This week was Leah’s birthday so why not highlight one of the foods she made that our family loves. There is not a time I make these and a few other goodies that I don’t think of her. For those of you that do not know, she lived with our family for two years and during that time our bond grew deep….especially a deep bond with food. She and her husband, Patrick, now live in South Africa as missionaries. Oh how I miss her!!! So when I am missing her…making some of our favorites is a must.
1/2 cup of chopped and pitted dates
1/2 to 1 cup of raw nuts (we used mixed nuts)
1 to 2 tablespoons of honey
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract (or your favorite extract or oil)
Pour dates and nuts into a food processor and chop until well combined. Then add salt, honey and extract or oil and chop again until the mixture begins to clump together. (If you use essentials oils such as lemon or orange, I would only use one drop as it goes along way. This is also a great way to add another healthy element to these bites.) Finally remove the mixture by taking spoonfuls and rolling them into balls and placing them onto a dish that can be placed into the refrigerator. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes and then they are ready!
If you are wondering why I have allowed you to choose the amount of nuts, honey and extract/oil to use because it is really to your liking. If you prefer something more sweet then use more honey. If you prefer something more aromatic then choose different extracts/oils. You get the idea. Whatever way you make them, I think you will like them. There are so many ways and combinations to try. You can use oats, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, raisins, flaxseed, chai seeds, dried fruit and so much more. They are great for breakfast or a mid-afternoon snack. The only problem with these is that because they are such yummy bites that you will want to eat them all, but remember to control your portions and save some bites for another day. Just keep them in the refrigerator and they will last for about 3 days.
What are your favorite combinations when making these? Do you have any recipes that remind you of someone?