Coffee Coconut Date Balls
This is by far my most requested recipe from friends and family. It's one of those treats that I can simply toss a bunch of delicious ingredients into my food processor, whip up in under 20 minutes, and I love that there's no baking required! Plus, they're vegan, soy-free, gluten-free, paleo, and contain no articifial sugars! I may sound like a broken record, but I also love how versatile they are. Sometimes I add coffee (like in this case), or raw cocoa powder, or vanilla extract. The dates and nuts make such a great base, and it's pretty much the same recipe for my gluten-free pie crust!
I also love making these date balls for new mommies! Since I cook for families with new babies in our community quite often, I make sure that I keep my clients' needs in mind. So, I came up with these treats to give nursing moms some healthy energy, containing no artificial anything! Yummy and nutritious food is always a plus in my book. Plus, they're great snacks for on-the-go, and don't need to be refrigerated!
But here's the deal guys, make sure to experiement with flavors that work for YOU! Not a fan of dates? Try apricots and almonds (I definitely need to try this one)! Allergic to nuts? Use sunflower seeds and coconut, rice, or hemp milk!
I'm going to be doing some new versions of these dessert balls this weekend and I'll let you all know what I come up with! Stay tuned...
Coffee Coconut Date Balls Makes 20 date balls
Total time: 20 minutes prep time + 2 hours (freeze time)
30 Deglet Noor dates
I like this variety better, because they're sweeter and a bit sticky so they blend with the nuts together much better than Medjool. But play around with it, see what textures work for you. Also, I get the GIANT container at costco, since uh...I make a lot of "balls" :)
1 cup of nuts
Any type will work - I use either almonds, pecans, or walnuts
2 tablespoons of good quality ground coffee (use more if you like a stronger coffee flavor)
I've started using cold brew coffee from Trader Joe's in this recipe and I like how the liquid blends together better with all the other ingredients, but grounds work too.
1 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 cup of unsweetened coconut (you can use shredded, or the larger "meats")
1/2 cup of nut milk (I like almond or coconut milk)
Pinch of salt
Optional: Approx. 1 cup of unsweetened shredded coconut (to roll the date balls in)
Add all ingredients, except the shredded coconut and nut milk into a blender or food processor fitted with an "S" blade. Slowly stream in the milk, but be careful that the dough doesn't get too wet, otherwise add in a small handful of nuts.
Roll the dough into small balls. Or, use a springloaded mini ice cream scoop (trust me, this is so much easier. Plus, they'll all be same shape and size).
Roll each ball in shredded coconut (if using) and place on a sheet tray lined with wax paper.
Freeze for about 2 hours. Enjoy them frozen, or defrost for a15-20 min at room temp!