Nourishing Passions

2 Ingredient Snack Balls

2 Ingredient Snack Balls Nourishing Passions

Granola bars are overrated. They are over-priced over-processed and under-healthy.

I’m looking at a package I have in my office and the ingredients are as follows:

Granola (rolled oats, wheat flakes doing ok so far, invert sugar wait I thought sugar was bad for you, sugar not inverted?glucose isn’t that another work for sugar?, honey liquid sugar canola or soybean oil seed oils high in O-3s molasses sounds like more sugar salt, monoglycerides emulsify that fat!), glucose I’m still pretty sure that’s sugar, crisp rice (milled rice, sugar again?, salt, calcium carbondate), raisins wow, that sounds like a real food of sorts, glycerin, canola and/or soybean oil the and/or part still makes me uncomfortable honey, salt), cinnamon, almonds, natural flavor, malt syrup, molassas, sunflower meal, nonfat milk, peanut flour, cashew flour, soy flour.

This thing takes a pretty drastic turn for the worse after the oats and the wheat flakes. And since a combination of oats and wheat flakes in and of themselves is probably not very palatable, the 11 different ingredients for sugar was probably a necessity to get people to buy and eat them. At $5/box, these amounted to approximately $.50 each. Not terrible, but you can definately get better nutrition for less than that!

So why in the world would anyone want to buy granola bars? I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m going to guess a combination of:

  1. They’re easy.
  2. They taste good (I don’t know how they couldn’t with sugar being in the ingredient list 11 times–no I’m not letting that one go!)
  3. They are perceived as healthy. (something about the word “granola” just seems to feel healthy for people…)

Larabars are one of the only healthy snack-type bar I’m aware of, but unfortuantely cost about $2/bar. Fortunately, their ingredient list is so short, it’s not difficult to replicate at home! And so I did:

The easiest snack ball (because a ball is easier for me to make than a bar; if you are a “bar” person, feel free to make bars) recipe ever! No baking or expert skill required and you probably could get away with no measurements and still have a great product. In fact, you could probably memorize this recipe at first glance! All you need is a food processor.2 Ingredient Snack Balls 2

Ready? Pulse nuts until chopped. Remove. Pulse dates until it forms a ball. Add nuts. Pulse until combined. Voila! Form into balls & eat!

5.0 from 3 reviews

2 Ingredient Snack Balls
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Quick and easy no-bake snack balls or bars!
Cuisine: Snack
Serves: 20

  • 1 Part Nuts (ie. 1 Cup Cashews)
  • 2 Part Dates (ie. 2 cups Dates)

  1. Pulse nuts until they are in rough pieces (don’t let it go until powder or butter)
  2. Remove and set aside.
  3. Place dates in food processor and blend until it forms a ball.
  4. Add nuts and pulse until just barely combined.
  5. (If too sticky, you can add more nuts or oats; if too dry, more dates)
  6. Either spread into pans forming bars (hard to do since it’s sticky!) or form into balls (easier to do!) using hands or cookie dough scooper.
  7. Refrigerate!

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 ball Calories: 90 Fat: 3 Saturated fat: 0 Carbohydrates: 15 Sugar: 12 Fiber: 2 Protein: 1.5 Cholesterol: 0

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15 Thoughts on “2 Ingredient Snack Balls

  1. Wow! I’ve seen quite a few Larabar type recipes, but you win the award for simplicity! Well done! I can’t wait to try these.

  2. Yum! These look good and healthy. I’m pinning them now. I’m visiting from the Pretty Life link party.

    Christy @ Creating a Beautiful Life

  3. Thanks for posting such a simple recipe! I have been searching for something like this that doesn’t have oats in it (I’m a coeliac). Can’t wait to try these out!

  4. My dad would love these (and me too!). Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  5. Becca on July 17, 2013 at 2:34 pm said:

    Going to pin this! They look like they would be great. And certainly healthy. Thanks for sharing! :)

  6. These look really delicious. We make a version of these with just raisins and nuts.

  7. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  8. Yum! How long do they keep for in the fridge? Thanks for linking up on Tuesday Greens!

    • Hi Becky! Both dates and nuts keep super long in the fridge…eventually the nuts will break down & get a little soft & less palatable, but I’ve kept them for several weeks no problem. You could always freeze some and they would probably be fine for months!

  9. Delicious snack balls, thanks for sharing with hearth and Soul blog hop.

  10. I love nuts and dates and the simplicity of this recipe. Thanks for sharing it at Gluten-Free Wednesdays.

  11. Yum! I used to make something very similar when I was Paleo, only it had cocoa powder. Found you via GF Wednesday hop.

  12. These look like my style of snack. And thanks for clarifying the ingredients in that granola bar — I wish you worked at the FDA!

  13. had these snack balls they were amazing!!!!!

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