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Recipe Reover: Oat Pecan Butter Balls

Posted on July 20th, 2012  |  1 Comment

I have a thing for making up words. And I know I’m not alone. So fun, isn’t it?

Reover was one of my first, (middle school age) every time I said it people would look at me like I was special, but that never stopped me. I missed a shot in basketball, yelled “reover” – yes I played basketball from 6th-10th grade, then realized I sucked, and hated running, and looked HORRIBLE in those outfits. Oh yeah, did I mention I was terrible?

Don’t worry, I became a swimmer, lost a few pounds, met a boy, and found a sport I actually liked. I should start swimming again. That would be a good idea.

So anyway, all that was to say I’m gonna start using my made up words again, starting with a cool new series, Recipe Reover!

I’ll pick a recipe, not necessarily my own, and reover it.Take another crack at it. Take my spin on it. Find inspiration from others.

I love that about cooking. Recipes, while secretive in their own way, are also a source of sharing, community, and giving.

Here’s my gift to you. Enjoy!


RecipeOat Date Balls (slightly adapted from this original recipe)

Reover reason: When my sister – who is ever so honest with her sister – told me the oat date balls needed some sweetness, I added powdered sugar but I don’t really care for that ingredient. I actually wasn’t going to post this, just make it for the people at work (last day of summer school!) But the cocoa powdered spoon inspired me. I’d say these are an improvement from the original photos and load way faster.

Result: Better than the original. Perfect texture, rich from the pecans, gooey from the dates and a tad crunch from the raw oats. Also seemingly easier to make, just toss everything into the food processor and pulse. Then roll into balls. EASY. Like you could totally whip this up with stuff in your pantry and bring to work on a Friday, or Monday, or a friends house for dinner, or for your kids lunch, or for you to snack on, or a impromptu party. Heck, if I was Gina, I’d find a way to add protein to it. Maybe add chocolate protein powder or hemp seeds? Maybe a re-reover will follow.

Do you like to reover (revampt, redo) recipes or just create seomthing new?

Or eat open face sandwiches every day of your life. Seriously.

Oat Pecan Butter Balls

by The Talking Kitchen

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients (18-20 balls)

  • 3/4 c. raw oats
  • 10 dates, room temperature
  • 2 Tbsp pecan coconut butter (substitute: any nut butter though the measure may vary, I recommend starting with 1 Tbsp, then add to desired consistency)
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp filtered water
  • 1/2 tsp coconut nectar (substitute: agave nectar, agave, maple syrup)
  • optional: coconut flakes


Start with the dates and nut butter in the food processor, pulse about 10 times, then add the oats, and cocoa powder. Blend until crumbley texture.

Turn on the food processor and add the water, while running, then add the sweetener. Blend until starts to come together, about 30 seconds.

Remove blade from food processor, and form mixture into little balls.

You can roll them in finely ground nuts, coconut flakes, dip them in chocolate (after being refrigerated for at least 30 minutes) or eat them as is.

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  1. […] amazing no bake desserts and she has inspired me to think differently about sweets.  I adapted her Oat Pecan Butter Balls recipe to make these cinnamon walnut date bars.  As a result of this drive I have fallen in love […]

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