Oh, the dentist.
I sure didn't miss you these past 1 ½ years! Your long waits, weird noises, and nasty flavors have never been my favorite. Not to mention the awkward-conversations-while-hands-are-in-my-mouth and the water you splash on my face. Yeah, I didn't miss you at all.
Well as you can see, I went to the dentist this weekend and it was just as I remembered. While the dentist isn't my favorite place, I'm glad I went and that I don't have to go again anytime soon. And my teeth looked good, so that was a bonus! I practically lived at the dentist/orthodontist growing up (helloooo horrible teeth, implants, braces, etc.) so going to the dentist brings back less than favorable memories. However, since Brett and I are moving overseas soon we're trying to get a lot of annual doctor's appointments taken care of so that when we arrive in China we can focus on other things like finding an apartment and learning Chinese. We won't be waiting long to find doctors though. The last thing I want to happen once we move to China is for one of us to get sick or injured and not know where to go!
Unfortunately, my dentist appointment on Saturday took 2+ hours! It was Brett and my first time going to this doctor and I had a feeling it would take a while to be seen because of all the people in the waiting room with bored looks on their faces. The other unfortunate thing was that I scheduled my appointment right around lunchtime and didn't think to eat a snack before I left. Thankfully I had had a large bowl of oatmeal for breakfast so didn't get hungry until the end of my appointment, but I definitely thought about how nice it would have been to have one of these Date Pecan Energy Bites in my purse to hold me over! I honestly don't remember the last time I forgot to bring a snack with me. Whoops!
These Date Pecan Energy Bites were actually an accident. I was trying to make some raw granola, but couldn't get the right consistency. However I wouldn't consider my experiments a failure in the slightest, because these Date Pecan Energy Bites are amazing! I know I've posted lots of energy bites in the past (see here, here, and here), but these really might be my favorite energy bite recipe so far. I always forget how amazing pecans and this recipe brought me back in love with them. They add such a warm, caramelly taste to these bites that remind me of fall, especially when paired with the pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and nutmeg. And of course the sweet raisins and sticky dates make these the perfect dessert alternative!
I hope you enjoy these lil' Date Pecan energy Bites...
and that you don't have to go to the dentist any time soon!
- 1 cup oats
- 1 cup pecans
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- ¼ cup pumpkin seeds
- ¾ shredded coconut
- 2 cups packed sticky medjool dates*
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
- 2-3 tablespoons water
- Place the oats, pecans, seeds and coconut into a large food processor and pulse a couple times to mix everything together.
- Add in the pitted dates, raisins and spices and process until a uniform dough forms. At this point the dough probably won't stick together on it's own, so add in 2-3 tablespoons of water and process a little more to make the dough stickier. The dough should stick together when pressed between your fingers.
- Roll the dough into balls and store in an air-tight container in the fridge.
*Sticky dates are crucial for this recipe!