Date balls

Date balls


Makes 35-40 balls


  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 3 cups  mixed nuts and seeds (example: 1 cup walnuts, 1 cup almonds, 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds and 1/2 cup linseeds)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup (85g) desiccated coconut, to coat


Place dates in a saucepan and cover with water Bring to the boil then simmer until water is all soaked up. Transfer dates to a medium size bowl, mash well with a fork and set aside.
In a blender, pulse nuts and seeds into a coarse meal. Add to the mashed dates along with the cocoa. Stir the mixture well until combined.
Use a tablespoon to scoop up the mixture and roll into a small, tight balls. Roll through coconut and arrange onto a piece of baking paper or waxed paper inside a storage container.
Eat straight away or store in a covered container in the fridge, and consume within a week.

Serving Suggestions


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  • This recipe was created by Katie Rainbird for Kidspot, New Zealand's best recipe finder. You can follow Katie at Katie180.

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