Made with the wholesomeness of oats and the sweetness of dates and flavored with cinnamon, our recipe for Cinnamon Energy Balls is sweetened with natural sweeteners. This treat is a healthy way to have a bit of sweetness for an afternoon snack.
This recipe for Cinnamon Energy Balls gives you a sweet kick with all the goodness of cinnamon and honey in a bite-sized form. Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits in human history. Grown naturally in the Mediterranean and the Middle East, date palm trees would naturally spring up near rivers and in desert oases. As long as there is a plentiful supply of underground water, date trees don’t mind sandy soils or hot climates.
These plants yield fruit that is similar to stone fruit, with the pit in the center surrounded by juicy flesh. Most of the dates that are available in the United States are grown in the hottest parts of the nation. California leads the nation in date production, but places like Arizona, Florida, Utah, and Texas also produce dates for the nation’s consumption.
Cinnamon Energy Balls Recipe
With just four ingredients, this recipe for Cinnamon Energy Balls is a low-fat snack that will give you a steady supply of energy on days when you need a grab-and-go treat. You don’t have to pick up a cookie or a brownie to have something tasty when you are craving sugar.
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
- 2 cups Oats you can use whatever variety of rolled oats you want
- 9 ounces Packaged Pitted Soft Dates
- 1 tbsp Honey
- 1 tbsp Cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon Salt
Add the oats to your food processor and pulse it a few times. This will grind the whole oats down into a powdery kind of oat flour.
Add the dates, the honey, the cinnamon, and the salt and continue pulsing until the mixture makes a sticky dough.
If the recipe seems mostly dry and not sticky, add a little more honey or some water to the mixture, pulsing a few more times. You want to be able to press the mixture together in small handfuls.
If you have a smaller food processor or your food processor isn’t strong enough to work this dough, that’s okay. After pulsing the oats into oat flour, pour half of it into a bowl. Add half the dates, honey, and cinnamon, pulsing to create the dough. Then, scoop out half of the dough onto a tray, and add the remaining ingredients to the food processor, pulsing them to combine them. Then combine the two mixtures on a tray and knead them together to combine them.
Scoop out walnut sized wads of dough and roll them into balls. If you like, you can roll the balls in coconut or a mixture of cinnamon sugar to add more flavor and texture. Alternatively, you could roll them in a layer of finely chopped nuts.
Store the energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. If you don’t consume them in a week, store them in the freezer for long term storage. Let the frozen energy balls thaw overnight in the refrigerator before eating them.
While the low-carb diet trend may have people avoiding foods with lots of natural sugars, dates actually can be a very healthy part of a balanced diet. While yes, dates are high in natural sugars, they have plenty of other good things in them to offset the sugar. Dates are loaded with fiber. Just a quarter cup of dates provides up to 12 percent of the recommended daily allowance of fiber. Dates also have plenty of potassium. If you struggle with muscle pain or cramps, the potassium in dates can help with these issues. Potassium also is an essential mineral for heart health.
However, for many people, the fact that dates are high in sugars is a good thing. Many people crave a daily snack with a bit of a sweet kick to it. By creating treats with dates, you can have a little sweetness without as much refined sugar as you might otherwise use. In fact, some studies indicate that the sugars in dates do not raise blood sugar levels very much, if at all.
This recipe also features honey. Made from the labor of bees, honey is a tasty, all-natural sweetener. However since it is considered an animal product, people who are vegan will not use honey. If this is you, feel free to substitute maple syrup for the honey in this recipe.
Many energy ball recipes feature nuts. Of course, the protein in nuts is very good for many people, but that doesn’t help if you have a nut allergy. This recipe for Cinnamon Energy Balls does not include nuts, so if you’re allergic to nuts, this recipe might be just the one for you.
If you have never shopped for dates before, be sure to buy dates that have a sweet smell to them. Don’t buy them if they smell sour. Also, the freshest dried dates are still pretty sticky. They should be soft and pliable and should not be hard. They also should not have crystallized sugar on the surface of the fruits.
Our recipe uses a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, a blender will work as well. Some food processors are not big enough to grind all the ingredients together at once. It’s okay if yours is smaller. You will simply pulse half of the ingredients together at a time and then mix them together later.
Keyword Cinnamon Energy Balls, Recipe, Snack
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