Easy, 3-ingredient Chocolate, Oat, Date Balls

With Mother's Day coming up soon, time to whip up a simple yet delicious and healthy treat for the special women in our lives. Dads can even prepare this with the children and surprise their moms. These delicious bites can come with a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice or a simple fruit salad and can be eaten during breakfast, snack, or as a dessert.



Ingredients:

1 cup oat flakes (kaurahiutale)

10-12 dates

2-3 tbsp chocolate chips (or raisins or dry berries like blue-berries)

1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

1 tsp cocoa powder unsweetened (optional)

Coconut shredded/flakes (optional)


Instructions:

Note that there are different variety of dates in the shops. For this recipe, you need the very soft ones.


1. If the dates are dry, you can soak them in hot water for half an hour, then drain well before using them.

2. In a blender or food processor, put the oat flakes, dates, vanilla (if using. Blend well until all the ingredients break and stick together. If the mixture is too dry and a bit hard to blend, add 1-2 spoons water (or nut/seed paste if available such as tahini), then blend again.

3. Add cocoa powder (if using), chocolate chips, thenblend shortly (about 1-2 minutes) until combined well, but not too long. You can use hand and fork to mix al