Some people may think food trends are a recent experience created by social media but they really have a much longer history than that. In my grandmother’s old recipe box, I have recipes for jello molds that included shrimp. Yes, you read that right, shrimp jello. I honestly can’t think of very many foods that would gross me out more than shrimp jello. But let me tell you something, my grandmother wasn’t a strange woman, this was a trend back in the 1950’s. I have no idea if she actually made those recipes or not but I can tell you with certainty that I have no intention of ever making shrimp jello myself. In fact, I generally avoid food trends on here altogether. I know that you already have access to dalgona coffee or whatever other trend you want on TikTok and Instagram. However, I recently went down the rabbit hole of energy bites and created my own Peanut Butter Date Energy Bites. Once you try these, I know you’ll understand why I’ve added this trendy snack to this site.
And yet, that general rule is being broken today. I’m actually quite late to this energy bite food trend. I initially looked at it as something to avoid on here – like shrimp jello. But here’s the thing I’ve learned, some food trends are around because they are fun to make or because they look interesting. Other food trends exist because they are legit worth the recipe. So, these Peanut Butter Date Energy Bites are my exception to the rule of avoiding trends in this space. I’ve been snacking on dates and peanut butter for a while – its a simple and healthy snack option. But adding in a few extra ingredients and blending it together in a food processor makes this snack even more delicious.
A Couple of Tips
Yes, this is an incredibly easy recipe. However, I do want to give you a couple of tips to make it as easy as possible for you. First, do yourself a favor and buy dates that are already pitted – this will save you the time of pitting them yourself. I recommend pulsing the dates in the food processor before adding the rest of the ingredients in. If your ingredients start to clump together into a large ball, break them up and then keep pulsing until you get a crumbly consistency. From there, you are ready to scoop and form those crumbles into a bite sized ball.
Peanut Butter Date Energy Bites
- Food Processor
- 12 oz pitted medjool dates
- ½ cup creamy peanut butter
- ½ cup old fashioned oats
- 2 teaspoons ground flax
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Place dates in a food processor and pulse until broken into small pieces.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend until crumbly. Scrape sides and break large clumps apart as needed.
- Scoop crumbles into your hand and form into 1" balls.