Dates, Oats, Carob, Maca, Sea Salt, Vanilla & Bee Pollen – an antioxidant powerhouse of a TREAT!

Read below for all the health benefits I’ve packed into these bite size bits and how you can make this delicious treat too!

xo Katie


20 pitted medjool dates

3/4 cup raw oats

3 Tbsp Carob Powder

1 heaping Tbsp Maca Powder

Pinch of sea salt

1/4 tsp vanilla

Bee Pollen (for rolling)

*read below for all the impressive health benefits of all these ingredients


Add all ingredients to a Cuisinart or food processor

Process continuously until a thick dough ball forms, turn off.

Roll dough into balls and then roll into bee pollen

Keep refrigerated – they’ll store well in the fridge but they won’t last for obv reasons

Bee Pollen

  • contains over 250 biological substances, including protein, carbs, fats, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and antioxidants
  • may protect cells from damage caused by free radicals that are linked to chronic diseases, including cancer and type 2 diabetes
  • may help lower heart disease risk factors such as “bad” LDL cholesterol and lipid oxidation
  • protects the liver from harmful substances and boosts liver function
  • anti-inflammatory
  • may reduce the severity and onset of allergies and kills harmful bacteria
  • may promote wound healing – antimicrobial properties may also prevent wound infections
  • lowers risk of several cancers
  • alleviates menopausal discomforts, including hot flashes
  • may also improve cholesterol levels
  • may enhance the absorption and utilization of nutrients like iron, calcium and phosphorus
  • may speed up metabolism and promote longevity


  • helps the body manage stress
  • may increase dopamine levels and improve depressive symptoms & improve energy
  • may help with peri-menopause and menopause due to its adaptogenic properties and targeting estrogen balance
  • may increase bone density
  • may increase libido due to aphrodisiac properties
  • helps with male fertility because men who take maca are shown to produce more sperm


  • improves gut health – fiber!
  • prevents chronic disease due to high antioxidant levels
  • boosts brain health – better memory, improved learning and less anxiety related behaviors
  • may help with natural child birth by stimulating oxytocin receptors
  • great for skin – “The date palm kernel cream reduced the size and depth of their wrinkles,” source.
  • healthier alternative to refined sugar

* biased review – I adore dates and eat them weekly if not daily often substituting them for sugar cravings


  • I don’t eat chocolate and this is why – therefore I substitute with carob and my skin and GI are better for it.
  • rich in tannins that combat toxins in the gut and help proliferate health bacteria
  • shown to control the secretion of the hormone ghrelin (hunger hormone)
  • 8% protein and contains vitamins A, B, B2, B3 and D
  • it’s low in fat
  • low in sodium
  • contains calcium but not oxalates (compounds that reduce your body’s ability to absorb calcium – so it’s unlike chocolate in this respect)
  • high in fiber
  • caffeine free
  • won’t trigger migraines – this is because it’s free from tyrosine, an amino acid that causes severe headaches

*use as a 1:1 substitute for chocolate – I LOVE carob!

Try playing around with these ingredients, substitute other herbs and adaptogens that you love – chaga, cordyceps, reishi or ashwaghanda.