Coconut balls

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Coconut balls in a bowl
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This recipe is so simple and it’s a really wonderful treat to make with your little one. They can help shape the balls and roll on the coconut. The end result is a sweet and chewy globe of delight perfect for kids and parents alike. Send them in school lunches, enjoy as a snack or as dessert.

Preparation time: 10 minutes Cooking time: None Difficulty rating: Easy


Makes around 8 medium sized balls

1 cup dates

1/4 cup coconut (plus extra for rolling)

1/3 cup blanched almonds (slivers or whole)

3 tablespoons water

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  1. Toss the pitted dates in a food processor with the almonds and coconut.
  2. Mix on medium to high until everything is finely chopped.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of water and mix again, adding another splash if the mix seems too dry.
  4. Roll into little spheres and then roll in coconut.
  5. Eat as is or put them in the fridge to get that extra chewy consistancy.


  • Roll smaller for little mouths.
  • You can add anything to these tasty treats – like cocoa, cherries, seeds, cinnamon or other nuts. If you’re making them for kiddies, keep them simple, but if you’re making them for adults, you can be a bit more adventurous.
  • It might seem like a no-brainer, but make sure your dates are pitted or else they’ll be unsafe to eat.
  • Keep them in an airtight container in the fridge and they should stay nice and fresh for about a week.

Nutritional content

Nutritional analysis per date ball (30 grams):

 Energy 504.23 kJ
120.51 cal
 Protein 2.02 g
 Total fat 5.56 g
 Saturated fat 1.56 g
 Carbohydrates 14.74 g
 Total sugars 14.44 g
 Fibre 3.07 g
 Sodium 3.70 mg
 Cholesterol 0 mg
 Potassium 214.07 mg
Calcium 25.62 mg
Iron 0.81 mg
Zinc 0.39 mg


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Date Created: March 23, 2013 Date Modified: July 3, 2018