Coconut date balls – a vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar-free, no-bake energy balls perfect as an evening snack or as after school snack for kids. These no-bake energy balls are quick and easy to make with minimal ingredients and procedures. All you need is a food processor, 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of your time.
A great way to incorporate nuts and dates into your diet in an amazing way. The natural sugar from dates satisfies your sweet cravings and kids love them too. These are the best substitute for the sugar-laden store-bought stuff.
Add flaxmeal (ground flaxseeds) for added protein and omega-3. I would suggest 2-3 tbsp in this recipe.
You could add chia seeds, sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for extra nutrition and crunch.
Add vanilla extract for extra flavour.
Nut butter is another great way to add healthy fats, proteins and flavour to the no bake coconut energy balls.
Take this vegan date balls a notch up by adding a pinch of any warm spice – cinnamon ginger, cardamom or nutmeg.
Chocolate chips adds an appealing factor for kids.
Tips and Tricks
If the mixture is too dry and you find it difficult to roll into ball, then add extra coconut oil, nut butter or little water to help get the right consistency.
If you think the mixture is too wet, then add dry ingredients such as flaxmeal, oats flour or coconut flour to help set the mixture well.
Consider keeping the mixture in fridge for 30 mins before rolling into balls if you still find it hard to roll after following the above steps.
Soak dates for 15-20 mins in hot water to help them soften if you are not using fresh soft dates. Soft dates combine well with other ingredients while blending.
Always chill date coconut balls at least 30 mins before serving to ensure it sets well.
How to store date energy balls?
These no bake coconut balls keeps good for 6-8 days if stored in an air tight container.
You could freeze them for longer shelf life. Freeze rolled vegan date balls on a baking sheet until solid and then transfer them to a freezer-friendly container or bag. Ensure to thaw (defreeze) them well before serving. Use up within 3 months.
Watch how to make Coconut Date Balls
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Dates: 360 gms (1 cup packed), pitted
Desiccated coconut: 50 gms (1/2 cup)
Almonds: 100 gms (1/2 cup)
Coconut oil: 1 tsp
Place almonds, dates, coconut oil, desiccated coconut and process on high-speed until everything combines well and holds together when you press it.
Roll tablespoon measure of the mixture into balls and then roll them in shredded coconut to coat.
Keep the coconut balls in a lined baking sheet.
Continue the process until all the dough is rolled into balls. Keep the tray in fridge for at least 30 minutes for the coconut date balls to set.
Enjoy nutritious and delicious coconut date balls!
You can use cashews, walnuts, pecans instead of almonds.
The natural sweetness from dates is sufficient for this recipe. If you need more sweetness, consider adding maple syrup, agave syrup or any healthy alternative sweetener.
You may have to pause while processing to scrape the dates mixture from the sides of the food processor container.
Freeze them for longer shelf life.
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Coconut Date Balls
1 cup = 250ml ; 1 tbsp = 15ml ; 1 tsp =5ml
- 360 gms/ (1 cup packed) Dates pitted
- 50 gms/ (½ cup) Desiccated coconut
- 100 gms/ (½ cup) Almonds
- 1 tsp Coconut oil
- Before you get started, scroll up a little and watch a quick recipe video.
- Check the tips and tricks, notes for extra info and help.
- Place almonds, dates, coconut oil, desiccated coconut and process on high-speed until everything combines well and holds together when you press it.
- Roll tablespoon measure of the mixture into balls and then roll them in shredded coconut to coat.
- Keep the coconut balls in a lined baking sheet.
- Continue the process until all the dough is rolled into balls. Keep the tray in fridge for at least 30 minutes for the coconut date balls to set.
- Enjoy nutritious and delicious no bake energy balls!
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