Grain-Free Date Balls

Grain-Free Date Balls

I really love my chocolate nut butter date balls, but they contain oats.  These days I’m eating grain free except for special occasions.  I would like to enjoy date balls more than a few times a year, so I adapted the recipe to be grain free.

I’ve also cut way back on sugar of any kind, so I often omit the honey and add a little extra water to moisten them.  You could also try using stevia or another sweetener of choice.

These date balls contain cocoa powder and nut butter.  I love the classic chocolate and peanut butter combination, but with two people in my family having an intolerance for peanuts, I go with cashew butter.

The nice thing about date balls is that you can throw in whatever ingredients you like just being sure to keep it the right consistency for making  balls.  With no cooking involved, these grain free date balls are a perfect summer treat.

5.0 from 3 reviews

Grain-Free Date Balls
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 12 Medjool dates, pitted
  • ¾ cup natural nut butter
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Unsweetened shredded coconut (or coating of choice)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor until the dates are smooth. The mixture should be crumbly but hold together when pressed into a ball.
  2. Use about 1½ teaspoons of mixture to form a ball, pressing and rolling it with your palms.
  3. Roll each ball in the shredded coconut or coating of choice.
  4. Chill before serving.
If the dates are dry, you should soak them in water before using them in this recipe. A little water can be added to the date ball mixture if needed.




  1. Karen Engle says:

    Hi Linda,
    I wanted to know what you would suggest exchanging the almond flour for?
    I have an intolerance to almonds, gluten, corn,& potato.
    Thanks, Karen

  2. Linda, I love this photo, and I bet your new version of this recipe is even more delicious! :-) Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Many folks transition to a more grain-free diet and forget to share their updated recipes with us, so I really appreciate that you are doing that. I do much better with grain-free living, too.


  3. I can’t wait to make this – it will be a perfect snack for the busy new school year starting! Thanks :)

  4. I finally got around to making these this week and we loved them, they are SUPER addictive, thanks again :)


  5. Thanks so much for this grain free version!!! I will definitely give them a try!!!

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