May and Cecelia enjoyed their first Elburn Days!
Photos taken by Uncle Joe!
We enjoyed the parade with the Kleckas and Mapels:
I also really enjoyed Elburn Days bcause Lauren and I scored an awesome playhouse for the kiddos.
Ingredients (12-14 balls)
1 cup rolled oats
1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (didn’t use)
12 pitted dates, chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup water (you might not need quite this much!)
zest of one orange (did not have so I didn’t use)
pinch of salt
extra coconut for rolling (optionalI added in two big spoonfuls of peanut butter (I didn’t measure)Chai Seeds (extra crunch, fiber, and omega-3)
Honestly, it doesn’t get much more simple than this. Make sure your dates are pitted, and then chop them into bite sized pieces.
Add dates, oats, coconut, vanilla, salt, and pepitas to a food processor. Zest one orange over top of the food processor, and then let it spin. The mixture will be dry and crumbly – let it process for a minute just to break down some of the bigger ingredients.
Slowly add about 1/4 cup of water – add just until the mixture becomes wet and a bit sticky. Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll into balls. They will have a bit of stickiness to them, so I like to roll them in dried coconut to help prevent them from sticking together.
These can be eaten at room temp, but I prefer them cooled in the refrigerator. Pack for snacks, hikes, bike rides, or any other long day where you might need a quick boost.