Date Pops – The Healthy Cake Pop!
If you’re looking for a healthy dessert that tastes amazing too, you’ve found it!
These raw, vegan, no bake Date Pops are made to provide the same joy of eating a sweet treat on a stick, like the traditional cake pop, with wholesome ingredients that will fuel your body with energy and nutrients.
For those of you who don’t know, I am going to be getting married in July! Aside from my wedding gown that I bought this week and the wedding favors, I’ve got nothing planned – aside from my Pinterest board!! (That’s what really matters, right?) My secret Pinterest board is a classic pink, gold, glitter and lace filled wonderland of all the pretty things I’ve ever wanted. Hours of aimless searching for beautiful wedding food has led me to my obsession with edible gold glitter & spray paint. So this January when The Recipe Redux theme was to ‘pick a new ingredient that you’ve been wanting to try… and cook or bake up a new recipe in the new year’ – I knew what I wanted to use!!
In all health and fairness, I am using these tasty Medjool Dates for the first time, and I have been dying to try dates in a recipe. I compromised my unhealthy desire to use edible glitter by making these Date Pops – The Healthy Cake Pop! These are more like energy bites on a stick- but I have included the instructions for dipping in chocolate and garnishing with glitter, just in case anyone is interested.
I am now in love with the sweetness that dates provide. I did not need to use any sugar at all aside from the agave syrup for texture! These Date Pops are also made with the goodness of almonds, chia seeds, and wheat germ. And if you want this recipe to be gluten-free, just substitute 4 tablespoons of ground flax-seed for the wheat germ.#Raw | #Vegan Cake Pops that taste just as good as traditional Cake Pops! Get the recipe here: Click To Tweet
If you want these Date Pops to be as healthy as possible, you can skip the chocolate dipping phase all together (but I don’t think a little chocolate has ever hurt anyone!). Aside from the chocolate, these are 100% raw vegan, meaning they are created with all of the plant goodness that Mother Nature has to offer. You can also choose vegan chocolate chips for your chocolate dip.
The edible glitter and spray paint are totally optional! If you want these to be extra super healthy, opt for raw coconut or crushed nuts for a garnish instead.
Date Pops – The Healthy Cake Pop
- 1 cup of oatmeal
- 4 tablespoons of chia seeds
- 4 tablespoons wheat germ
- ⅔ cup slivered almonds
- 1 cup chopped medjool dates
- ½ cup coconut milk
- ¼ cup almond butter
- 2 tablespoon coconut oil
- ¼ cup agave syrup
- ½ teaspoon almond extract
- ½ teaspoon coconut extract
- Chocolate Dipped:
- 1 cup dark chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon coconut oil
- 10 paper straws, cut in half
- Prepare a parchment paper lined baking sheet and set aside.
- In a large bowl add the oats, chia seeds, wheat germ and slivered almonds and mix. together well,
- Add the dates, coconut milk, almond butter, coconut oil, agave syrup, almond and coconut extract.
- Using your hands, mix everything together well. The warmth from your hands will help to melt the butter and oil, creating the perfect consistency.
- Begin to create 1 inch balls and roll between your palms until they are perfectly ball shaped, set on parchment paper.
- Using your paper straws, put them in the center of each pop until they are approximately ¾ of the way through.
- Freeze for 1 hour.
- Chocolate Dipped
- minutes before you're ready to dip the date pops, you will prepare the chocolate.
- The easiest way to melt chocolate and keep it workable for an extended period of time is to use the crock pot!
- Place the chocolate chips and coconut oil in the mason jar. Place the mason jar in the crock pot.
- Pour warm-hot water in the crock pot around the mason jar and turn the heat to high.
- After 5 minutes begin to stir. Stir every few minutes until the chocolate is completely smooth.
- Make sure everything is set up and ready to go before you start dipping. I taped together two pieces of foam board and used a pen to make a hole so I would have somewhere to rest my pops.
- When you're ready, dip the pops in the chocolate and gently twirl until the excess chocolate has dripped off.
- Place in your foam board stand. If you're going to garnish your pops with anything, now is the time to do so. I used raw unsweetened coconut flakes and my gold glitter.
- If you want to garnish with the gold edible spray paint, let the chocolate cool completely first.
I hope you feel inspired by these Date Pops – The Healthy Cake Pop!! Part of living a healthy lifestyle means that you get to enjoy all the fun, sweet treats in life – just in a different way! And don’t forget to check out all of the other awesome Recipe Redux recipes below!
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