*To ensure the mixture has enough moisture to stick together, soft, moist dates are important. If your dates are firm and dry, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes or so, and then drain very well.
**I like to use any combination of slivered almonds, salted cashews, pecans, and pepitas. Raw nuts will benefit from toasting, but the bites will still taste great if you skip that step. To avoid big chunks, do roughly chop the nuts before using, especially if using whole almonds, as almonds are one of the harder nuts and take longer to break down.
***The original recipe used ¼ cup of honey, although I have also made these balls successfully with none at all and with a middle ground of 2 tablespoons. I recommend choosing no syrup, 2T, or ¼ cup as a low-medium-high framework based on your preferred level of sweetness. Keep in mind that you can taste this batter as you make it and adjust to taste.