These scrumptious little bites are perfect for a quick pick me up breakfast, snack or a great little dessert to bring to your next holiday party. They can be shaped into any shape you want making them party-friendly. I used different shapes to show you how versatile they are. I used mini cookie cutters and made some into little balls. Now lets talk about the health part of this recipe!
Dates & Nuts! Nutty Dates….Yeah I have been on a few 🙂 Oh…. I am sorry we are talking about a recipe here. Okay……Yes…Dates….Well, what can I say…… dates are healthy. Dates have protein, no cholesterol and have fiber to help with your digestive system. They also are rich in vitamin, b1, b2,, b3, b5, a1 and c. They are also rich in selenium, manganese, copper and magnesium. Which helps keep our bones healthy. They are also rich in potassium so they help strengthen our nervous system and they are rich in iron. There are other healthy benefits to dates but you get the point, they are a healthy little nugget. And for the pecan part….well pecans can help lower your cholesterol and they contain more then 19 vitamins and minerals. Some including, vitamins a, b, e, folic acid, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. So this is a win win combination here!
This recipe is super quick and easy to make. You can store them in an air-tight container in the freezer, I would say for a couple of weeks. These are great for a quick on the go breakfast or a last minute party dessert to bring. You literally put all the ingredients in a small food processor and blend away…. then take the mixture out and have fun making whatever shape you want. What a great way also to get the little ones involved! And last step is to harden them up in the freezer and wholla they are ready to pop in your mouth! This recipe makes about 15 little bites.
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup pecans
- generous pinch of sea salt, not quite 1/4 tsp. I found 1/4 tsp was a bit too salty, so just under 1/4 tsp
- 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
Put all the ingredients in a small food processor and blend/puree until you have a pasty mixture. If your mixture does not stick together add 1 tsp of water to help everything stick.
Next take the mixture out of the food processor and put it on parchment paper and shape into whatever shape you desire. Put the shapes into the freezer for approx 30 minutes to make them firm. You can store them in a air-tight container in the freezer up to 2 weeks.