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Foodie Friday-Healthy Snack-Dates!

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.

Original Fudge Babies (from Chocolate Covered Katie)

  • 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

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