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Cocoa Date Balls

Cocoa date balls are here for the win! This week, we whipped up these sweet cocoa date balls, topped with coconut flakes and melted dark chocolate. I’ve been running out of snack ideas to take to work, and whipped these up as a mid-day pick me up. They’re pretty easy to do, and last for the whole week in the fridge. If you enjoy getting your hands dirty, this one is for you (also super fun to do with the kiddies!) You’ll be soaking the dates, and blending them with pecans- any nuts work well though, so pick your favorite. Then comes the manual labor. You’ll be sculpting the mix into 9-10 date balls, and topping with coconut flakes and melted dark chocolate. We melted the chocolate under very low heat so it wouldn’t burn, but you can also use a double boiler.

Make sure to pop them in the fridge for at least an hour, so the chocolate can harden. Keep in mind that one serving=1 date ball, so as good as they taste, try not to go bonkers and eat all of them at once. Also note that we are using unsweetened cocoa powder and coconut flakes, because the dates do a fine job at bringing in all the sweetness for this recipe. We hope you give em a try! Let us know in the comments below if you’ve made date balls before, and what your favorite recipe is! xo

Cocoa Date Balls
  • 1 cup of pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/4 cup of pecans
  • 2 ounces of dark chocolate
  1. Soak pitted dates in a bowl filled with water for at least 1 hour
  2. Drain the water out, and add the soaked dates and pecans to a food processor or blender
  3. Blend until you get a consistent chunky paste (don't over-blend! a couple of pulses should be good)
  4. Remove the pecan date mix, and scoop into a bowl
  5. With your hands, mold the small date balls- this mix should yield 9-10 servings (1 serving=1 ball)
  6. Pour the 1/4 cup of cocoa powder into a bowl, and dip each ball into the bowl and rotate so it's covered evenly with cocoa
  7. As you finish, place the date balls on a dish or large plate
  8. Top the cocoa balls with coconut flakes (mold them in with your hands)
  9. Lastly, in a small pot, melt 2 ounces of dark chocolate under low heat
  10. Once fully melted, drizzle on top of the date balls
  11. Place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour so the balls can stiffen and the chocolate can harden
  12. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

You can store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week

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4 Comments on Cocoa Date Balls

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    April 2, 2016 at 11:45 pm (4 years ago)

    Excited to try this! Can you alternate the pecans for another kind of nut? Walnuts? Cashews?

    • Wendy
      April 3, 2016 at 10:07 pm (4 years ago)

      Of course! Whatever nut you love works

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    April 3, 2016 at 12:05 am (4 years ago)

    I love but also hate these recipes because they are so good I can’t stop at one! 😀 The combination of dates and chocolate can never do you wrong!

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    April 26, 2016 at 10:41 am (4 years ago)

    Wow this looks so yummy! I must try these!


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