I don't know what to call these. Paleo Date Balls? Since they are inspired by and adapted from Sarah's Great Balls of Dates in her Everyday Paleo cookbook. Fudge Babies without a Food Processor? Because they are also inspired by Katie's Fudge Babies. Crack Babies? Because I can eat them like crack. Wait... you don't eat crack... right?? Anyways, you know what I mean.
If you are wanting something chewy and sweet like cookie dough, make these instead! We love them. They are my favorite of all the versions of this type of snack. Here's what you do.
15 Medjool dates, chopped, seeds removed (this is easy to do)
1/2 cup almond butter
1/3 cup finely shredded unsweetened coconut (I get this from the bulk bins at Whole Foods)
2 T. cocoa
1 T. cinnamon
1 t. vanilla
Put it all in a bowl. Make sure your hands are really clean. Squish it all together with your hands until well mixed. Form into balls. Eat or store until eating.
All measurements are approximates and can be tweaked to your liking. I am often not a precise measurer. I get lazy and just throw stuff in.
Of course you can make these in a food processor and you won't have to chop the dates first. But if you don't have one, or you are afraid you may be wearing yours out (like mine), this is an easy way to get to enjoy Fudge Baby type snacks because you use almond butter instead of grinding the nuts yourself. The chocolate-cinnamon flavor is superb. I would totally make these for Christmas functions except for the fact that they would be a little pricey to make in large batches, and unfortunately, not everyone would appreciate the fact that they are grain, diary, and added sugar free. So, I guess we will enjoy them ourselves :) And hopefully you will, too!