These rich, tasty and most importantly healthy date and coconut sweets will help satisfy your sweet desires without any guilt.
It’s no secret I love sweets—especially when I’m drinking coffee.
And now in Lithuania, when the days are so short, cold and snow and dark in the mornings, you want more coffee and sweets as well.
Unfortunately, as everyone knows, sugar is a bad habit. I never thought “healthy” sweets could actual substitute a real, sweet, milky chocolate. But now with Amanda, I have to control my weakness with sweet foods, because everything that I eat she wants. And to change habits is not very easy.
So I found a way to feed my passion for sweets with this easy, delicious and 100% healthy recipe. It’s tasty and even suitable for kids.
While looking through Jurgita Surplienė’s book Mažylio receptai for some recipes for our little Amanda, I came across two sweet recipes that I really loved. So I thought: why not mix them both and add my own little twist?
So today I would like to share with you this tasty and healthy date and coconut sweets recipe.
Healthy Date and Coconut Sweets
Makes 22-26 sweets
PREPARATION TIME: 1 hour 10 minutes
COOKING TIME: 8 minutes
TOTAL TIME: 1 hour 18 minutes
What do you need?
- 1 cup of instant oats (1 – 4 minute cooking time)
- 22 dates
- 30 g sesame seeds
- 30 g sunflower seeds
- 30 g shredded unsweetened coconut
- 20 g raisins
- 30 g flaked almond
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 1.5 tablespoons honey
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon warm water
How do you make it?
If you are using dried dates, soak it first in boiling water with the raisins for about 5 minutes.
In a nonstick pan over low heat, add in the oats, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, shredded coconut, and flaked almond. Slowly fry it without any oil until the oat mixture becomes lightly yellow and aromatic, being careful not to burn it.
In a sauce pan over medium heat, warm the coconut oil until it becomes liquid. Add the honey and lemon juice. Cook the mixture until it boils and turns slightly yellow. Remove from the heat, add the dry oat mixture to the saucepan and leave to cool.
Drain the raisins and dates, and blend them into a paste. Add it to the saucepan. If the mixture is too dry at this point, you can add a little water.
You can flavor the mixture with cinnamon, cardamon, nutmeg and other aromatic spices for a more rounded flavor.
Wet your hands and take small pieces from the mixture. Roll them in your hands into round shapes. Do this until all the mixture is finished. You can either roll the balls in shredded coconut or simply sprinkle it on top.
Place the balls on a plate and into the fridge for at least an hour. After that, the date and coconut sweets are ready for you to devour.