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These vegan chocolate coconut date balls are so addicting, simple, and also naturally sweetened. In addition, they are easy to make, healthy, quick, gluten free, and no bake!
These chocolate coconut dates balls are made from just a few ingredients and they are also all pantry items like almond flour and shredded coconut. Since you do not have to bake them, they come together so fast just like my vegan coconut balls, peanut butter energy balls, almond butter energy balls, vegan peanut butter balls or date and walnut energy balls.
I always make a big batch of these and keep them in the fridge because they are perfect for a sweet treat. These chocolate and coconut bites are also great as an afternoon snack and breakfast on the go!
Before we jump into the recipe, let's talk about how you can customize it and learn some tips.
How to make vegan chocolate coconut date balls
Almond flour gives an amazing texture and also keeps it gluten free. I don't recommend using almond meal because it's very different than almond flour.
It is one of the main ingredients for this recipe because it gives the flavor and smell. I also use it to coat the chocolate coconut energy balls so they taste great and look pretty!
Cacao Powder (sub for cocoa powder)
For chocolate flavor, I like using cacao powder but you can sub for cocoa powder. I also like rolling the balls in a little bit of cacao powder as an option.
Maple Syrup & Dates
We will be using a combination of dates and maple syrup for this recipe instead of refined sugar. Make sure to use Medjool dates because they are soft and sticky.
Salt & coconut oil
I like putting a little bit of salt since it brings the sweetness out. I also add coconut oil because it makes the balls roll a lot easier!
How to make it
- First, add the pitted dates into a food processor and then blend until you have small pieces of dates. And then, add the rest of the ingredients and blend until you have a sticky mixture.
- Next, you can use a cookie scoop or your hands and then scoop out 1 tablespoon amounts of the mixture to roll into balls between the palms of your hands. Optional: Empty a small amount of shredded coconut and cacao powder into two separate plates and roll the balls around to coat.
Tips & Variations
- If the mixture is too crumbly, add another tablespoon of water and blend.
- Dates should be soft and if they are not, place them in hot water for 5 minutes and drain the water to make them softer.
- If you like them to be firmer, you can place them in the fridge for 30 minutes.
- Make sure to blend the ingredients well so you don't end up with big pieces.
Do vegan chocolate coconut date balls need to be refrigerated?
They should be chilled to firm them and store them but they are fine at room temperature as well for a day.
How to store no bake chocolate coconut date balls
These chocolate coconut date balls will keep in the fridge for up to 1 week and in the freezer for up to 2 months.
It takes less than 10 minutes to make these quick, healthy, and also no bake snack. They are also:
- Meal prep friendly
- Perfect as a sweet treat or a snack
- And delicious!
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These vegan chocolate coconut date balls are so addicting, simple, and naturally sweetened. They are easy to make, healthy, quick, gluten free, and no bake!
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- ¾ cup almond flour (not almond meal!)
- 3 tbsp cacao powder (sub for cocoa powder)
- 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
- 6 dates (pitted)
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tbsp water
- ⅛ tsp salt
- Add the pitted dates into a food processor and blend until you have small pieces of dates. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until you have a sticky mixture.
- Use a cookie scoop or your hands and scoop out 1 tablespoon amounts of the mixture to roll into balls between the palms of your hands.
- Optional: Empty a small amount of shredded coconut and cacao powder into two separate plates and roll the balls around to coat.
- Serve immediately or place it in the fridge.
If the mixture is too crumbly, add another tablespoon of water and blend again.
Make sure that the dates are soft and if they are not, place them in hot water for 5 minutes and drain the water to make them softer.
If you like them to be firmer, you can place them in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Make sure to blend the ingredients well.
- Serving Size: 18-20
- Calories: 147
- Sugar: 7.8g
- Sodium: 21.4mg
- Fat: 9.9g
- Trans Fat: 0g
- Carbohydrates: 11.8g
- Fiber: 3g
- Protein: 1.8g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
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