I’ve been trying to brainstorm some yummy new energy bar/ball recipes and this one kind of happened by accident… a really tasty accident! I set out to try and create a banana bread type bar and ended up with more of a chocolate & banana crunchy dessert ball. Totally worth it.
If you check out the recipe below, you’ll see banana chips on the ingredient list. They add a nice subtle flavor and crunch that takes these things to the next level. Not to mention, it pairs suuuuper well with the chocolate chips and nut butter. Eric and I keep munching on them like they’re cookies – ha!
I’ve found some dates are stickier than others so the amount you use really just depends on how many you need to get the right consistency. Start with what’s noted below, and if the mix is too crumbly to squeeze into a ball with your hands, just add a few more dates.
Choco-Banana Crunch Balls
3 cups dried pitted dates
2 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons nut butter of choice
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 cup banana chips
1 cup walnuts
1/4 cup dairy-free chocolate chips
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut flakes
Place all ingredients except walnuts and chocolate chips in blender or food processor. Pulse until everything is in tiny bits and mixture is easily packed into a lil ball by hand. If it’s too crumbly, try adding more figs or dates until you get the right consistency. Next, add walnuts & choc chips and pulse a few times to incorporate. Use your hands to form into balls and gently roll in coconut flakes. Store in an airtight container. Enjoy!