Gently slice top of date lengthwise.
Repeat to all the dates and discard the pits.
In a bowl, add 1/3 cup oats. I used an instant flavored kind, but plain is just as well.
Add 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds.
Add 1/2 cup or more raw almond butter. This one was maple flavored, but the date is so sweet that plain is just as good.
Mix all ingredients well, making sure it is as moist as possible. Filling should have the consistency of play doh and not too sticky.
Spread open the date wide, but be careful not to split in half. Makes a nice little boat.
Take a heaping tablespoon of mixture.
Stuff the date with filling mixture and push the sides of the date in to help hold in the filling. Plus: it makes them look pretty;)
Finished platter of energy snacks. Ready to eat or refrigerate for a quick energy boost or healthy snack. Pretty appetizer for a party too!
Recipe can easily be changed by adding or swapping ingredients for more high energy foods such as chopped nuts, seeds, wheat germ, carrots, etc.