Coconut date balls – 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 simple ingredients and 5 minutes.
These delicious bliss balls are made with basic ingredients that are easily available in any grocery store and are a great way to incorporate nuts and dates into your diet in an amazing way. The natural sweeteners from dates satisfy your sweet craving and kids love them too.
Coconut date balls, oatmeal energy balls, date snickers, chocolate date energy balls and chocolate peanut butter energy balls are easy snacks to make with a few ingredients. - and good to have a batch on hand to avoid reaching out to store-bought snacks.
Add flax meal (ground flaxseeds) for added protein and omega-3. I would suggest 2-3 tablespoon 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 such as peanut butter or almond butter is another great way to add healthy fats, proteins and flavour to the no bake coconut energy balls.
Take these vegan date balls a notch up by adding a pinch of any warm spice - cinnamon ginger, cardamom or nutmeg.
Chocolate chips or unsweetened cocoa powder adds an appealing factor for kids.
Tips and Tricks
If the mixture is too dry and you find it difficult to roll it into a 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 flax meal, oats flour or coconut flour to help set the mixture well.
Consider keeping the mixture in the fridge for 30 mins before rolling it into balls if you still find it hard to roll after following the above steps.
Soak dates for 15-20 mins in warm water to help them soften if you are not using fresh dates.
The texture and taste depend on the type of dates you use. Soft Medjool dates combine well with other ingredients while blending and you obtain a lovely chewy texture.
Always chill date coconut balls at least 30 mins before serving to ensure it sets well.
Use either a food processor or a high-powered blender.
How to store date energy balls?
These no-bake coconut balls keep good for 6-8 days if stored in an airtight 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.
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Dates: 360 gms (1 cup packed), pitted
Desiccated coconut: 50 gms (½ cup)
Almonds: 100 gms (½ cup)
Coconut oil: 1 tsp
How to make Coconut Date Balls
Place almonds, dates, coconut oil, desiccated coconut and process on high speed until everything combines well and holds together when you press it.
Roll a 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 the fridge for at least 30 minutes for the coconut date balls to set.
Enjoy nutritious and delicious coconut date balls!
Variations and Substitutions
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 date mixture from the sides of the food processor container.
Freeze these coconut date energy balls for longer shelf life.
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Coconut Date Balls
- 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.360 gms (or) 1 Cup packed Dates, 50 gms (or) ½ Cup Desiccated coconut, 100 gms (or) ½ Cup Almonds, 1 Teaspoon Coconut oil
- 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!
How to serve the energy balls?
Filling midday snack to munch on when those hunger pangs kick in before lunchtime or packing in the snack box.
Keep a batch of these snack balls to satisfy those cravings at unusual hours.
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