Easy Chocolate Coconut Date Balls (Vegan)
These 4-ingredient chocolate coconut date balls are such an easy, healthy make-ahead snack idea. Recipe is vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and no-bake!
According to my boyfriend, these chocolate coconut date balls are “one of the best recipes [I’ve] made lately.” I have to agree – we absolutely DEVOURED them and I can’t wait for you to make them too!!
These energy balls use only 4 simple ingredients, although I share some recipe modification ideas below if you want to play around with them.
As a dietitian, I am all about food that is nutritious and delicious. This recipe is no exception. It makes for the tastiest midday snack or after dinner treat, plus it packs in a ton of nutrition benefits that I highlight below!
This healthy snack also happens to be vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, and nut-free*, making it an awesome idea for a variety of nutrition concerns or preferences.
*While coconut has the word “nut” in it, it is not considered a tree nut (like almonds, cashews, or walnuts). For most people allergic to tree nuts, coconut should be ok to eat. However, some individuals can also be allergic to coconut. If you have a nut allergy, please talk to your doctor to see if coconut is ok for you.
In need of more make ahead snack ideas? Be sure to check out my roundup of 30+ healthy meal prep snack recipes!
Nutrition Benefits Of Coconut Date Balls
This energy ball recipe uses only 4 simple ingredients (plus water!), all of which pack in a variety of nutrition benefits.
- rich in minerals, like:
- a source of insoluble fiber, which helps to promote digestive health and regularity
- a source of fat
- fat helps with the development of our brains, hormones, and all cells throughout our bodies
- fat also helps to absorb fat-soluble vitamins and helps to keep us feeling full and satisfied
- despite coconut being higher in saturated fats, research shows that coconut intake may actually improve cholesterol and triglyceride levels
Medjool Date Nutrition:
- rich in dietary fibre (2 dates provide over 3 grams)
- a source of essential micronutrients like:
- vitamin B6
- a source of antioxidants like flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acid
- like other dried fruit, they’re a concentrated source of natural sugar and are not a low sugar food
- despite their high sugar content, they also pack in a ton of nutrition benefits and can be enjoyed in moderation!
- the protein, fibre, and fat content of the other ingredients in this recipe will lessen the impact of dates on blood sugar
Cacao Powder Nutrition:
- an excellent source of antioxidants, which help to fight free radical damage in the body
- a good source of essential minerals, like:
Hemp Seed Nutrition:
- one of the best plant-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which play a role in heart health, brain health, and reducing inflammation throughout the body
- a great source of plant-based protein, with just 3 tablespoons providing 10 grams of complete protein
- a good source of micronutrients, like:
- vitamin E
How To Make Chocolate Coconut Date Balls
This coconut date ball recipe is incredibly easy to make! The only equipment you need is a food processor (I use this one) and about 20 minutes of “active” time.
Seriously, the hardest part is waiting for them to firm up in the freezer ;).
Then, use a spoon and take a couple scoops of the mixture into your hands. Roll into balls, then roll those balls into some extra coconut to coat the outsides.
Place the finished energy ball on a plate or baking sheet and repeat until you’ve used up all the date mix. Transfer to the freezer for 2 hours to firm up. That’s it!
Recipe Modification Ideas
While this recipe tastes SO good on it’s own, here are some ingredient additions that you may enjoy:
I haven’t personally tried adding the above ingredients to these date balls, but I think they would taste SO good and add a bit of crunch to them!
Can Date Balls Be Frozen?
Definitely – it’s part of the recipe directions, but can also be a storage method for these date balls.
If you think you’ll eat these balls up within the week, simply store them in an airtight container in your fridge.
However, if you’d like to keep them for longer you can store them in a freezer-safe container in the freezer. Simply thaw the balls for a few minutes before you enjoy them!
More Healthy Energy Ball Recipes
- Chocolate-Covered Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Balls
- Chocolate Hazelnut Bliss Balls
- Carrot Cake Energy Bites
- Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites (Nut-Free)
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Get the Recipe: Easy Chocolate Coconut Date Balls (Vegan)
- In a large food processor, add pitted medjool dates, desiccated coconut, cacao powder, hemp seeds, and water. Pulse until it forms a paste-like texture. If things aren't sticking together, feel free to add a splash more water until it does.
- Using a large spoon, take a couple spoonfuls of the mixture from the food processor and place it in your hands. Roll into balls, then roll the balls in the dish with the coconut until the outsides of the balls are fully coated. Place finished ball onto the parchment lined baking sheet/plate. *this part is meant to be a little messy!
- Repeat until all mixture is used up. Recipe as written should make about 10-12 balls, depending on size.
- Place the plate/sheet of balls into the freezer for 2 hours to allow them to firm.
- Allow balls to thaw for a couple minutes before you enjoy them! The texture is meant to be soft and chewy. Store remaining in the fridge or freezer 🙂
- If you think you’ll eat these balls up within the week, simply store them in an airtight container in your fridge.
- However, if you’d like to keep them for longer you can store them in a freezer-safe container in the freezer. Simply thaw the balls for a few minutes before you enjoy them!
- rice crispy puffs (puffed rice)
- raw nuts, like almonds or pecans
- raw seeds, like sunflower or pumpkin