Oatie Date Balls

Let me apologize ahead of time for the lack of pictures for this post. But you saw a picture of the oatie date balls yesterday here so that's good enough, right?

These snacks happened on accident. I made my first attempt at homemade Lara bars (because let's face it those things are crazy expensive and my kid downs them like nobody's business). So in my first attempt, I realized I shouldn't have used an entire apple. It's WAY too juicy. And here's what happened:

The Recipe: Oatie Date Balls

What you need:
1 apple (peeled and chopped)
1/4 cup chopped dates
1/3 cup raisins
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/3 cup oats

Puree apples, dates and raisins in a food processor (I use a mini). You'll get a thick applesauce consistency. Transfer to a bowl and add cinnamon and oats. Stir well to mix in oats. Mixture will be sticky (and messy). Roll into 1 inch balls (or smaller for your munchkins). Place on a cookie sheet (or wax paper) and put in freezer overnight. In the morning you'll have a yummy sweet treat.

I also tried baking a few...it didn't go so well. They baked alright, but they mostly fell apart. Sweet P LOVES the frozen ones. Dates taste a lot like brown sugar so these are perfect, healthier dessert. Try them, if you like dates, you'll them.

More attempts at Lara bars coming soon!