These no-bake sweet Banana Pecan Balls are the perfect portable snack. Made with dehydrated bananas, dates, and nuts.
If you have kids, these energy balls sweetened with dates would be a good recipe to get them involved in. It can be a little messy, but fun at the same time. I have noticed that when kids are involved in the cooking process, they are more likely to try new foods. They also tend to eat more fruits and vegetables.
When I was an elementary school teacher, I introduced my second grade students to broccoli sprouts and other healthy foods. We treated the sprouts as a science project. We journaled the sprouts progress, and guessed when they would be ready to eat.
I served the sprouts with a little dressing and by themselves so that they could taste the sprouts both ways. They loved them. It was a food they had never had before, and probably wouldn’t have tried otherwise.These no-bake sweet Banana Pecan Balls are the perfect portable snack! Click To Tweet
This is not my first recipe using dried fruit and nuts. I also made Cashew Cranberry Bars, but I listed those under desserts because I thought they were sweet enough to put in the dessert category.
Here I balanced out the sweetness with pecans and almonds. You could use these as a crumble in coconut yogurt or on granola.
These Banana Pecan Balls are a perfect snack to bring hiking. They are compact and ready to eat. Stash some in your car or purse for a quick bite. They are raw, healthy, and satisfying.
Banana Pecan Balls
These energy bites with bananas and pecans are a healthy treat. Make them with your kids to get them involved in the process.
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This is the dehydrator that I own. I’ve used it to make crackers, fruit roll-ups, and more. It’s similar to a slow cooker in that it’s set it and forget it.
Banana Pecan Balls
- After peeling, cut bananas into fourths and dehydrate bananas at 110° for 24-36 hours, depending on size and thickness. If you do not have a dehydrator, natural food stores sell dehydrated bananas without preservatives.
- Pit dates and mix all ingredients in a food processor until ground.
- Form into balls or bars. It may take a bit of working the mixture for awhile, but they will turn into balls. To make handling the mixture easier, you may want to refrigerate it first. You could also use more dates.
*Note: Nutrition information should be considered an estimate only. Different nutrition calculators give you different results.
If you like the Banana Pecan combination, you may also like my Apple Walnut Balls.