Foodie Friday-Healthy Snack-Dates!
Who needs a date? Ha! It’s not what you’re thinking (although God knows my hubby and I could use more date nights..). Ok, let me start over. Are you looking for a healthy snack for your toddler/child?
Really, when was the last time that you ate a date? I’ll admit that it’d been a while since I had eaten one. However, I’m always looking for ways to incorporate a healthy aspect into my children’s snacks. I was fortunate enough to have dates re-introduced to me by a friend. Well, hello, Dates. It’s so nice to see you again…!
Did you know that one (1) date has 1.6 grams of fiber in it? AND, it tastes about as sweet as candy. Seriously, as I was eating a date roll with a coconut crust I had stop for a drink of water because it was so sweet. But, low and behold, there is NO ADDED SUGAR to these beauties. You can see my son (19-months-old) devouring a date roll in the picture.I also handed them out at a recent playdate and two of the three-year-olds also ate the date rolls. When something is this sweet it’s not hard to coax your picky toddler into eating it.
Ok, so maybe a date roll isn’t for your child (it wasn’t for my 3.5 year old daughter) so I was on the lookout for another way to incorporate it into a snack. One of my girlfriends found this easy recipe for Fudge Balls.
1 c walnuts
1 and 1/3 cups pitted dates (220 grams) (I used Natural Delights)
1 tsp vanilla extract
optional: 1/8 plus 1/16 tsp salt (I added this)
3-4 tablespoons cocoa powder (or even Dutch cocoa)
Blend all the ingredients, using a food processor, Magic Bullet, etc. (No need to blend the dates first; I just blend everything all at once in a Cuisinart food processor, which works much better than a blender.) Roll into cutey-pie little balls. (Use plastic wrap if you wish, or smush it all together in a plastic bag so it’ll stay together better.) Or, if you want true brownies, shape the dough into bars!
*I rolled each ball in a bit of powdered sugar just to add a bit of sweetness and some color. Make sure you pit the dates first. I made this mistake…
Try some dates- you just might be surprised that your children enjoy them!
Want to learn more about dates? See Natural Delights