This is an excellent post work out snack. Made out of whole food, healthy, easy to make, and they taste like apple crisp (which is my very favorite dessert)! If you hate walnuts or pecans, feel free to swap in almonds. I use pecans and walnuts to make my apple crisp so I like their flavors here.
I have just two quick notes about this recipe: make sure to soak the medjool dates. The paste will not come together unless you soak them. Just boiled water lessens the soaking time to 10 minutes; if you use room temperature water, I would give them at least 40 minutes to soften and plump up.
Second: do not use freeze dried apples. They are too crumbly for this recipe and will prevent the paste from coming together. Dried apples are still fairly moist, and you need that moisture for these bites.
Whip some up today and enjoy with a glass of milk after your next sweat sesh, or frozen for a very satisfying dessert treat!
1 cup dried apples (not freeze dried)
5 medjool dates, pitted
1/4 cup unsalted dry roasted pecans
1/4 cup unsalted dry roasted walnuts
1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
1 tablespoon maple syrup
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
2 to 3 tablespoons water
Soak the dates in just boiled water for 10 minutes.
Add all of the ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture turns into a thick paste.
Scoop out heaping tablespoons of the mixture, roll them into balls. Store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.