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 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


  • 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 ;)


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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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Vijitha Shyam January 7, 2013

This is going to be my post workout snack for this year. Simple, quick recipe. I am loving it. I might add some roasted almonds too.


2 Katie January 7, 2013

Love that first shot with the lights in the background…gorgeous! And I’d take this “dessert” over a regular old cookie ANYDAY.


3 Delishhh January 7, 2013

Happy New year! Good to be back in the blog world. It was nice to take a little break!! But i was still reading your blog :).

It takes about 2-4 weeks and then you stop craving sweets. But you have to be off sugar totally or you will continue to crave. You should read this book. and that will help you stay away from sugar :).

Also the trick is to eat high fat it really helps to keep the sugar craving. I drink whole milk, eat whipped cream with fruit etc. Just low carbs and NO SUGAR. And energy is spiking. I don’t even drink coffee. . These look fantastic!


4 Liz @ Tip Top Shape January 7, 2013

Love these – delicious and nutritious!!


5 Sharla January 8, 2013

Thank God dates are finally in season because I’m pretty sure they are my favorite food on the planet!! I saw a recipe for Date “Rolos” the other day. Must try these as well!! Thanks!


6 Heather January 8, 2013

Date rolos?! YES PLEASE!


7 Taylor January 13, 2013

Made these tonight for my sweet fix throughout the week, but don’t think they’ll be lasting that long!! Next time I’m making a double batch…these babies are gooooood!


8 Heather January 13, 2013

I’m so glad you like them! I totally do a double batch too – sometimes you just need a sweet bite!


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