Eastern Snack : Cocoa & Cinnamon Date Balls

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We play sports more or less regularly (ahem).

And when you play sports, it is highly recommended to have a snack an hour before if you do not want to look like a soft jellyfish during your zumba-salsa-power-punch class.

We were looking for a good little homemade pre-workout snack (because you understand it, we like the homemade and spit on the industrial) and we could do in quantity for the week AND easily transported to work.

With the “Energy Balls” trend in full swing, we looked at the issue.

Most recipes using dates in basic ingredients, we thought it was still really Mediterranean no?

And if it’s Mediterranean, we like it.

So we managed to create our little homemade recipe, which meets all our expectations.

Come on, we convince you in 5 points to adopt you too the “Date Balls”:

  • It’s very simple to do (and hop! Everything in the mixer)
  • You can keep it for a long time in your refrigerator (We make it a lot for the week on Sunday evening)
  • There are millions of variations (cinnamon, cocoa, orange blossom, strawberry, apple, coconut, we test everything)
  • You can bring it anywhere with you (we slip into the bag in a mini tupperware and hop)
  • And last but not least => it’s ULTRA GOOD

We convinced you. Get to your robots !


coconut date balls


Servings: 6-12 (depending on the size) – Preparation time: 15 min – Cooking time: 0 min


  • A robot mixer
  • A closed container for storage


  • 1 cup ground almonds
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 250g of dates (we use deglet nour but the medjool are top too)
  • 4 tbsp of nut butter (almond or peanuts)
  • 2 tbsp of unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tbsp of argan oil or olive
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder


First, remove the dates kernels.

Then mix in the robot cinnamon, cocoa, almonds in powders and whole almonds (not too much, the idea is that there are some pieces of almonds that crunch under the tooth).

Then add walnut butter and oil. Mix for a few seconds before adding the dates one by one.

Continue mixing until the dough forms and becomes tacky.

Roll the dough in the palm of your hand, you can make small (you get about 12) or larger (about 6).

Then take some cocoa in a cup and roll the balls in until they are completely covered. We did not have any more cocoa, so we used the grated coconut, it was ultra good too.

We keep the balls in a closed container in the fridge for a week (we never tried it longer, because we eat everything before :))



coconut date balls


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