Date balls have always been my go-to dessert or dish that I bring to an event or gathering, like I did last week! They were a hit and I’m so excited to share with you these 3 variations:
 
Chocolate
Banana Coconut
and Lemon Cranberry.
 
Medjool dates and shredded coconut are what comprise the base of these 3 recipes. You can use nuts as the base, too, but I prefer coconut for a nut-free option. I hope these recipes inspire you to play around with your own flavour combination!
 
Not only do date balls make a delicious treat, they’re wholesome and nutrient-dense, too. Although sweet no doubt, medjool dates are a great source of fibre and minerals, and the shredded coconut provides a nice punch of healthy fats.

Healthy Date Balls

Chocolate

Chocolate Date Balls

Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup medjool dates
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp raw cacao powder

Instructions

  1. Add coconut, salt, and cacao to food processor and process until coconut is finely ground, but not quite a flour.

Add medjool dates and process approximately 10 seconds until dough is formed. Do not over process or you will create a paste.

  1.  additional cacao powder to soak up any moisture/stickiness (optional). Store in refrigerator to keep firm. Enjoy!

Banana Coconut

Banana Coconut Date Balls

Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup 1 cup medjool dates (pitted and soaked for 1-2 mins in warm water)
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 ripe banana or 1/2 small banana
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon *optional

Instructions

  1. Add coconut, salt, and cinnamon to food processor and process until coconut is finely ground, but not quite a flour.

  2. Add medjool dates and banana and process approximately 10 seconds until dough is formed. Do not over process or you will create a paste. If dough is too wet, add another 1/4 cup shredded coconut. 

  3. Form into balls, and roll balls in additional shredded coconut. Store in refrigerator to keep firm.

Lemon Cranberry

Lemon Cranberry Date Balls

Makes 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup medjool dates (pitted and soaked for 1-2 mins in warm water)
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • squeeze of 1/2 lemon

Instructions

  1. Add coconut and salt to food processor and process until coconut is finely ground, but not quite a flour.

  2. Add cranberries and process further until small pieces. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and medjool dates and process approximately 10 seconds until dough is formed. Do not over process or you will create a paste.

  3. Form into balls. Store in refrigerator to keep firm. Enjoy!


Have you ever made date balls before? Let me know if you try these, and which one is your favourite!
Need visual instructions? Check out my how-to video below: