Gluten-Free Banana Date Bites

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Prep time: 20 mins
Calories: 131

For best nutrition, use baked banana chips instead of fried. When camping, keep energy balls in a cooler until eaten.

MAKES 16 SERVINGS.

Ingredients:

3/4 cup banana chips
1/2 cup gluten-free rolled oats*
10 pitted Medjool dates
1/3 cup sunflower seed butter
1/3 cup unsalted roasted sunflower seeds
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch of salt
1/4 cup mini chocolate chips, optional

banana date balls

Matthew Kadey

At Home Directions:

1. Place banana chips and oats in a food processor container and pulse into smaller pieces.

2. Add dates, sunflower seed butter, sunflower seeds, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of salt to the container; blend until mixture sticks together when pressed between your fingers. Pulse in chocolate chips, if using.

3. With slightly damp hands, roll mixture into 1-inch balls. To maintain freshness, refrigerate until eaten.

*TIP: Purity protocol oats are recommended for those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity. For brands, see the Shopping List on this recipe’s main article page.

Each serving contains 131 calories, 6g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 20g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 14g sugars, 3g protein, 10Est GL.

Tools of the Trade

When camping, bring along the appropriate cooking tools—pans, knives, zip-top bags and cutting boards. Small zip-top bags are great for transporting snacks like trail mix and energy bites when venturing away from camp. A sturdy cast-iron skillet is a camp workhorse. Use it to cook everything from pancakes to freshly caught fish. It will hold up beautifully when set over an open flame.

Contributing chef Matthew Kadey, RD, is a registered dietitian and food writer. He is author of The Muffin Tin Chef (Ulysses Press), The No-Cook, No-Bake Cookbook (Ulysses Press), and Rocket Fuel: Power-Packed Food for Sports and Adventure (VeloPress).

Directions

11. Place banana chips and oats in a food processor container and pulse into smaller pieces.

22. Add dates, sunflower seed butter, sunflower seeds, honey, vanilla, cinnamon and a pinch of salt to the container; blend until mixture sticks together when pressed between your fingers. Pulse in chocolate chips, if using.

33. With slightly damp hands, roll mixture into 1-inch balls. To maintain freshness, refrigerate until eaten.

1 serving contains 131 calories, 6g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 0g trans fat, 0mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 20g carbohydrates, 2g fiber, 14g sugars, 3g protein.