Chocolate Coconut Date Balls


– 1 (10.5 oz) pkg., large Medjool dates, pitted – 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut, divided – 1 cup raw almonds – 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder – 1 teaspoon vanilla extract – 1/2 teaspoon salt


Step 1

Make sure all of your dates are pitted. To pit a date, slice down the middle and remove the internal pit.

Step 2

Place the dates, 1 cup of coconut (reserve the other 1/2 cup of coconut for the outer coating), almonds, cocoa powder, vanilla and salt into a food processor.

Step 3

Process until all the ingredients are fully processed. A thick dough will begin to form. (Note: if your dough is more like fine, blended crumbs, add 1/4 - 1/2 cup warm water, then pulse the dough a few more times to combine.) The dough should be a thick and sticky consistency.

Step 4

Use a cookie scoop and scoop out the individual balls. Use your hands to roll the balls. Place on a sheet pan. If you like, roll the balls in the reserved coconut.

Step 5

While still on the sheet pan, freeze the date balls for about 30 minutes.

Step 6

Transfer the balls to a freezer bag or container and store in the freezer. Date balls will keep for up to 3 months frozen.

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