Although we enjoy dates as they are, there are times when I whizz some in a food processor along with other ingredients and make energy date bites. Great for snacking on and perfect for those in the household into sports and heavy training sessions that need fuel on the go. Keeping the ingredients on the healthier side, these naturally sweet date bites include chia seeds ,oatmeal, almond butter and pistachio nuts. These little morsels of goodness would also make great homemade gifts for athletes that you know. But for me… I will enjoy mine with an espresso or arabic coffee.
And on the subject of dates… here we have Bu Abdulla skillfully hand pollinating our date palms and preparing them for the season ahead. Also, love to capture moments that are not an everyday occurrence. Hand pollination ensures a better crop and quality of date. Roll on date season.
Pulling the female flowers from the spathe on a date palm.
Placing pollen collected from the male flowers into a cloth.
Tying the female flowers along with some flowers taken from the male palm tree, you can see the different shape of flower (male) on top right of photo.
A dusting of pollen over the female flowers.
Bu Abdulla pollination a date palm.
Energy Date Bites
(makes 22 to 24)
225g soft pitted dates
50g pistachio nuts
2 teaspoon chia seeds
1 and 1/2 tablespoons rolled oats (not instant)
2 tablespoons almond butter
2 teaspoons of coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
How to make:
Place all the ingredients into the food processor and pulse until all ingredients are finely chopped and combined. The mixture will look crumbly. Place the mixture into a bowl. Using your hands, take even bits size amounts, forming and rolling into balls. Place the balls on a tray and refrigerates until firm. Remove to a container and store in the refirgrateore for up to one week.