Maple Peanut Butter Date Balls

by Heather on January 7, 2013

It may as well be said now:  Nate and I are on a health kick.

Peanut Butter Maple Date Balls from HeathersDish.com It’s been something we’ve been slowly working up to, this whole eating healthier and smaller portions thing, and we decided that (albeit super cliche) January 2 was THE DAY that we were going to start waving our health flag.

Why January 2?

Easy.  We had our dear friend Amy spending some time with us here and wanted to celebrate her last night here with pizza and beer.  Done and done.

So January 2 we started and I’m happy to say that we’ve been total rock stars.  I know the hardest part for me was stopping the “sweets” habit for after dinner.  For some reason I just crave something sweet after a meal, even if I’m stuffed.  And honestly these guys have been THEBESTTHINGEVAAAAAAAAAH to help curb that craving.  4 ingredients to a healthier dessert?

I’ll take it.

Peanut Butter Maple Date Balls from HeathersDish.com

MAPLE PEANUT BUTTER DATE BALLS

  • 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 13 pitted dates (I just bought the Sunkist ones in the dried fruit aisle, although medjool dates would probably be heaven)
  • 1-2 tsp pure maple syrup

Add the oats to a food processor and process for about 20-30 seconds until they form a flour-like consistency.  If you want your date balls to have more texture, just process the oats less.  Add the dates and process another 20-30 seconds, then add the peanut butter and the maple syrup.  Process until it all comes together in a crumbly delicious mixture.  Roll into 1-inch balls and store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat!  I may or may not have also added some mini chocolate chips to one batch.  Cause a girl will always need some chocolate ;)

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P.S. Thank you all so much for your sweet comments on our anniversary yesterday! 6 years of pure amazingness with my best friend is pretty awesome ;)

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