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Chocolate coconut date balls

Vegan Chocolate Coconut Date Balls (5 Ingredient Recipe)

These 5 ingredient chocolate coconut date balls are an easy, no-bake vegan make-ahead dessert idea. Healthy gluten-free snack for kids.
5 from 8 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert, Snack, vegan
Cuisine American
Servings 18 balls
Calories 67 kcal


  • Food processor


  • 15 dates, pitted if they are not soft enough, put them in a bowl and cover with boiling water for 5 minutes, then drain them well
  • 3/4 cup desiccated coconut, unsweetened + more for rolling
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract


  • I like date balls with coconut flakes to have a more crunchy texture. That is why I chopped the walnuts separately.
    Sugar free vegan energy balls with raw walnuts
  • Next, put dates, desiccated coconut flakes, cacao powder, and vanilla extract in a food processor. Process until all is well combined and you get a paste-like texture. If your dates are not soft enough, make sure to soften them first. Put them in a bowl and cover them with hot, boiling water. Let them soak for 5 minutes. If you do this step make sure to completely drain the dates otherwise the mixture won't be sticky but too wet and the balls won't form well.
  • Finally, add finely chopped walnuts to the mixture and form your date-walnut-coconut energy balls. I measured them with a tablespoon and got 18 pieces. You can make them bigger if you like. Roll each ball in coconut to coat the outsides. Store them in the fridge for up to 7 days in an airtight container.
    Coconut date energy balls recipe


  • You can process the walnuts with the other ingredients, so you don't have to chop them up first. 
  • Depending on the texture of your dates, add more coconut flakes if you get a too wet mixture. On the other side, if the mixture is too dry, feel free to add a tbsp of tap water at a time so you can easily roll the balls with your hands.
  • Dates should be at room temperature and have a soft, caramelly texture before making this recipe. In that way, you won't need to soak them in water.
  • Freeze any leftovers for up to 2 months in the freezer-friendly container. Just defrost them at room temperature before you enjoy them.


Calories: 67kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 2mgPotassium: 97mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 8mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chocolate coconut date balls, cocont energy bites, coconut date balls recipe, dairy-free, easy, gluten-free, kid friendly, no-bake, quick, refined sugar free
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