Date Ball Snacks

In my pre Zero Waste days, I was always that girl with a wrapped snack in her bag, for ‘just in case’.

My reliance on these pre wrapped snacks had to come to a disappointing end as I began learning that snacks wrapped in that sort of wrapper couldn’t be recycled. It’s weird, that seems so flipping obvious now, but at the time, I very much adopted the ‘out of site. out of mind’ approach towards my rubbish, and just figured it was not my problem.

Zero Waste Life Snacks- Date Balls

And I guess I thought I was fine. I was picking the healthier snacks, and I’d NEVER EVER dream of dropping litter, but you live and you learn, and I now know that single use wrappers are destined for the landfill, where they will likely stay for a minimum 450 years, if they manage to get there. If not, they’ll likely be blown around and become that very litter I thought I was avoiding.

It’s a depressing little intro for some Date Ball Snacks, isn’t it? But I really wanted to highlight that I haven’t always lived this lifestyle, and I certainly am not perfect now. One of my favourite quotes to live by is;

“Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Maya Angelou

And I guess, for me, these date balls are my little reminder of that, when I pack them into my bag as a snack on the go.

This post links in with a weeklong Zero Waste food challenge, it is prepared on SUNDAY and eaten when you wish during the week.

A Zero Waste Life. Zero Waste Snacks Date Balls

Date Ball Snacks

Equipment

-Blender

-Plates/ bowls for your toppings

Ingredients

- 18 pitted dates or 150g raisins

- 60g nuts (mixed or your favourite type

- 90g oats

- 2 Tbsp Honey or vegan liquid sweeter

All three or one of these flavourings:

-   Flavour 1 - 50g Desiccated Coconut

-   Flavour 2 - 20g Chocolate, chopped up finely, Pinch of salt

-   favour 3, 1/2 tsp Cinnamon, 1/2 tsp Ginger

 Instructions

1.    Put all ingredients in a blender and blend until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Scrape side of blender and blend again as needed

2.    Put mixture onto a clean surface and break into 3 equal sized parts.

3.    Add each flavour addition into each of the 3 pieces, 1 coconut, 1 chocolate and 1 spiced.

4.    Split each flavour into 6 further equal parts

5.    Roll each into a ball in the palms of your hands, place into Tupperware container/jar.

 This recipe makes 6. The spares can be stored in the fridge for a week or the freezer for a month

A Zero Waste Life. Snacks Date Balls

Did you make this recipe?

Please let me know how it turned out for you! Leave a comment below and share a picture on Instagram with the hashtag #azerowastelife!

This article links in with a weeklong Zero Waste food challenge, which aims to produce Zero Food Waste, which you can partake in whenever you like.