Easy Creamy Coconut Date Balls (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

These easy, creamy coconut date balls are the definition of sweet and simple. Full of healthy fats from nuts and sweet flavor from dates, these coconut date balls are the perfect snack!

Coconut date balls

Dates, pecans, almonds, shredded coconut and coconut oil. Those are all the ingredients you’ll need to make these easy, creamy coconut date balls. SO simple! In addition, the only equipment this recipe requires is a blender or food processor. That means in less than 30 minutes, you could have these sweet date balls with minimal dishes to clean!

Coconut date balls

These date balls turn out to be such a tasty, flavorful snack. Sweetened solely with dates, these balls are refined sugar free. The shredded coconut brings a strong coconut taste, while the coconut oil creates the creamy texture that ties all the ingredients together.

Coconut date balls

What you’ll need to make these creamy, coconut date balls:

To make these coconut date balls, you’ll need:

-Dates

-Pecans

-Almonds

-Unsweetened shredded coconut

-Coconut oil

Coconut date balls

The pecans and almonds that you use should be raw rather than roasted or salted. I also used shredded coconut that was finely shredded.

Coconut date balls

How to make these creamy, coconut date balls:

To begin making these date balls, you’ll need to pit the dates. To pit the dates, I use a sharp knife to make a cut along the length of the cut. Pulling apart both sides of the cut reveals the pit on the inside, which you can lift out and discard. Once the dates are pitted, place them in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes in order to soften the dates for a better binder.

Coconut date balls

You can use a food processor or a blender to mix these date balls. Since I don’t have a food processor, I used a blender to bring together this recipe. In the blender, add the raw pecans and almonds. Pulse repeatedly for a few seconds at a time. I ended up pulsing between 10 and 15 times. The nuts should end up a powdery blend with small pieces of nuts remaining. Don’t over-blend because it will result in a nut butter blend.

Coconut date balls

Once the dates have sat in the warm water for 10 minutes, drain the dates of the water. Pat these dry with a paper towel or kitchen towel. Slowly add these to the nut mixture, pulsing after adding three or four dates. After adding all the dates, add the unsweetened shredded coconut and coconut oil. Pulse repeatedly until all additional ingredients are thoroughly blended in.

Coconut date balls

I used a 1 1/2 tbsp sized scooper to measure the mixture when forming the balls, but you can use any size scooper. After dividing the dough, use both hands to roll the mix into even sized balls. After forming the balls, you can roll them in additional shredded coconut for a nice coating!

If you want to try another recipe with minimal ingredients, check out these 4 ingredient peanut butter cookies!

Creamy coconut date balls

Creamy Coconut Date Balls

These easy, creamy coconut date balls are the definition of sweet and simple. Full of healthy fats from nuts and sweet flavor from dates, these coconut date balls are the perfect snack!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 17 balls

Ingredients
  

  • 12 dates
  • 1/2 cup pecans raw
  • 1/2 cup almonds raw
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil

Instructions
 

  • Pit the dates. Soak the dates in a bowl of warm water for 10 minutes.
  • In a blender or food processor, add the pecans and almonds. Pulse repeatedly until the mixture is mostly powdery with tiny pieces of nuts remaining.
  • Add the dates and pulse until they're shredded.
  • Add the unsweetened shredded coconut and coconut oil, pulsing until combined.
  • Use a 1 1/2 tbsp scooper to scoop the mixture from the blender. Once complete, use both hands to roll into balls.

Notes

Keep refrigerated.
Keyword Coconut, Date balls, Dates, Gluten Free, Minimal Ingredients, Vegan


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