Nutty-Date Balls

Nutty Date Balls


I found this recipe a few weeks ago and have been wanting to make them ever since.  But the Christmas season was in full swing and I was baking up sweet treats and eating way too many of them {aagh} even though I had gone a full two months of without eating any added refined sugar or white flour.  I was feeling so proud of myself!

So now with the New Year here, I’ve recommitted to cut out as much refined sugar and flour as I can.

Here’s my latest recipe to add to my Paleo/Modified Paleo category.  The original recipe name is Coconut Pecan Bites but I renamed mine Nutty-Date Balls.  These are rich tasting little morsels that are sweetened with dates and pure maple syrup.  They can be formed into cubes or balls ~  I found them much easier to roll and I like the way they look.  After making them I popped them in the freezer for a few hours for a quick chilling and then placed them in a zip-top freezer bag and put them back in the freezer.  They don’t freeze completely but I thought they would last longer in the freezer than in the refrigerator and I like the extra bit of chill and firmness the freezer gives them.

For a nutritious treat give these Nutty-Date Balls a try.

Nutty-Date Balls 1

Nutty-Date Balls

Yield: About 18 1-inch balls

Nutty-Date Balls


  • 3/4 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 3/4 cup pitted dates (I used 10 Medjool dates)
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut (I used unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom
  • extra coconut to coat the balls (about 2/3 cup)


  1. Add the walnuts, pecans, and cashews to the food processor and pulse until they are finely ground. Place the ground nuts in a medium bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the dates to the food processor and pulse until a sticky paste starts to form.
  3. Add the coconut, pure maple syrup, cinnamon, and cardamom to the date paste and mix.
  4. Add the date mixture to the nuts and stir to combine well.
  5. Form into balls (or cubes).
  6. Place the extra coconut in a bowl and gently coat each ball.
  7. Place on a plate or cookie sheet and put into the freezer for a few hours and then transfer to a zip-top bag for storage.


Store in the refrigerator or freezer.

Nutty-Date Balls 2Yum!

Recipe source: The Fitchen


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7 Responses to Nutty-Date Balls

  1. Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe January 9, 2014 at 11:19 am #

    I really do need to try these! For some reason, I hated dates as a kid. I think someone made a crack about them looking like cockroaches and that flipped the switch for me. They seem like a great resource to use as a binder in a lot off different recipes. I’m thinking this is a good “starter” recipe for me to start incorporating them. 😉 [#PinItThurs]

    • Lori January 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm #

      That’s a funny story but I’m pretty sure that would have kept me from eating dates, too!

  2. Shantalle January 10, 2014 at 7:04 am #

    These look fantastic! Pinned and making this weekend 😉

    • Lori January 10, 2014 at 12:05 pm #

      I would love to know how you like them, Shantalle.

  3. Leilani January 10, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    YUM! I feel like if I ate these, I would not stop. I sure love me some dates, especially the Medjools! Great recipe idea.

    • Lori January 10, 2014 at 12:06 pm #

      Leilani, they are very nutritious so you can eat two or three {or more!}. They’re quite rich though so you could probably stop after about that many. 🙂

  4. The Better Baker January 13, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    My oh my! These little nuggets of YUM look luscious. LOVE this recipe. I often make treats with nuts and dates, etc. etc. Thanks so much for sharing at Weekend Potluck.

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