Delicious Date Balls

As you can tell from my recipes, I love sweets. I love preparing them, the aroma of a baking cake in the oven, and the happy faces of those who eat them (at least most of the time).

My friend Stella wrote recently on her blog the Witchy Kitchen about the dangers of excessive sugar. I took her words of caution to heart and although I don’t plan to stop baking, I do want  to make sure we have some healthy sweet alternatives on hand.

I’ve also been inspired to feel my best by Victoria Moran who has been discussing her voyage into raw foods. I’m intrigued by the way she describes her new lease on life as a result of her improved diet.

That’s when I decided I needed a quick and easy recipe for a raw cookie. As luck would have it, I found this tasty recipe for Energy Orbs on My New Roots. The first time I made them, I followed the recipe to a tee and then proceeded to eat them all (not at one sitting). The second time, I made a few adjustments (because I just can’t help myself).

These raw cookies are still sweet, but they’re free of white processed sugar and they scratch that itch for something a little sweet after lunch. Just like any cookie, though, it’s hard to eat only one so be sure to make plenty!

Delicious Date Balls

(Source: My New Roots)

2 cups dates, chopped
2 cups nuts (I used Brazil nuts, but walnuts, almonds, sunflower seeds, cashews, and/or macadamias also work well.)
¼ cup cocoa
⅛ cup coconut flakes
Sesame seeds for rolling (optional)

1. Set out a few sheets of parchment paper and a storage container
2. Place the dates in a food processor. Pulse until processed to a paste. Transfer paste to a medium bowl (don’t clean processor).
3. Add the nuts to the processor and pulse until finely chopped. Add the nuts, along with the cocoa and coconut to the bowl with the fruit paste. Use your hands to ground nuts into the paste.
4. Shape the dough into small balls. You can roll the balls in sesame seeds, which will prevent the balls from sticking together.
5. Store in parchment-lined containers in the refrigerator.

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18 Responses to Delicious Date Balls

  1. Hey Marly! I remember you mentioning these at some point. I’m so glad you posted them, as I’ve seen recipes like this before. But never with cocoa and coconut-that sounds awesome! I’m going to try them…
    p.s. Thanks for mentioning me here-it makes me feel good that you appreciated my post. It makes me feel even better though that you called me your ‘friend’. Score (smile)!

  2. These sound good. Really good.

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  4. I love dates! Never really use them in anything other than date squares, this will be a great alternative. Beautiful pics Marly! I have a feeling these are very addictive.

  5. These remind me of larabars (which I love). I need to start making these at home though. So much more affordable. Thank you for sharing love. I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

  6. I would like to try one of these 🙂

  7. These look good. dates are so good for you and i would like to have not one, but many right now!

  8. YUM! I will have to make these! I’ve been making homemade Larabar-type snacks as of late, and they’re so much better and cheaper. Nice work! 🙂

  9. These do certainly look delicious! Good for you for deciding to cut down on sugar. I’ve recently been forced to do the same because of pre-diabetes. I am not what you’d think of as a typical diabetic…slender, fit, always ate healthfully. Like you, I love to bake, and there ain’t no way I am giving that up! But I’ve found a number of ways to modify my recipes for myself and my family, to make more healthful things that still feel like treats. And I still bake some serious goodies, because everyone needs to indulge once in a while!

  10. yumyum, I still have dates,…mh…. but I think next thing on the shopping list would be a food processor 🙂
    ChopChop – thanks for the idea!

    • I guess you could do a lot of chopping, but a food processor does make things a little easier. They do make the little mini ones that are not too expensive.

  11. Cody from Terrain

    Marly, thanks so much for the recipe and for posting on foodgawker! I tried these yesterday and they were absolutely outstanding. I made a few minor adjustments: no coconut (none on hand at the time, but will add when I make them again) and used raw almonds for nuts, added a teaspoon of cinnamon. I pulsed everything in the processor together, and it was great. After shaping, I rolled them in about 1 cup of pistachio nuts that I pulsed finely with two tablespoons of cocoa powder. Wonderful treat! Posting your link to share with everyone. Great, versatile recipe. Thanks!

    • Wow! Your changes to the recipe sound delicious! I can’t wait to check out your version on your site. Hope you have pics!!!

  12. I made these almost exactly to the recipe’s instructions. The only thing I did differently was to add a touch of orange blossom water and I used coconut for rolling. They are delicious. Easy too…!

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