Samoas Date Balls for an Easier Labor! Studies have shown that eating 6 dates per day can help your labor. These protein-packed vegan date balls are gooey, sweet, fiber-filled and absolutely delicious as a snack.
24 medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons almond butter (or any nut butter)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup shredded coconut
1/4 cup vegan protein powder (or 1 scoop; chocolate or vanilla)
2 tablespoons vegan mini chocolate chips (or cacao nibs)
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons water
Optional add-ins: 2 tablespoons cacao powder for a more chocolate-y taste!
Remove the pit from all the dates. Add the dates to a food processor with the almond butter and vanilla extract. Pulse until the dates are mostly blended and sticky.
Add in the coconut, protein powder, chocolate chips, chia seeds and sea salt. Process until well blended together. The mixture should now feel more powder-y and dry.
Add in the water and pulse until the mixture is back to being sticky and more “wet”. If it feels too wet you could add in another tablespoon of protein powder.
Transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Form into 12 date balls! You could roll in some shredded coconut for fun too, or just leave them as is. Refrigerate the date balls in an airtight container to stay fresh.