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.

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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.

This recipe is shared at Naturally Sweet Tuesdays

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  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. says

    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. Arlene says

    I trying very hard to stay gluten free. When I do eat gluten I blow up, get stomach pain and get either constipated or trots! I’m always looking for recipes.

  4. Elspeth Naomi Gibb says

    Trying the date balls! ..I need a gluten free, low GI, vegan diet …help please! :) x

  5. Donna says

    These are fantastic! Kind of like an adult no bake cookie. I followed the recipe exact and have also tweaked it to what is in the cupboard. (Like ground oatmeal instead of almond flour, and all natural crunchy peanut butter) Going to try it with some sweet prunes that no one is eating too! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Carrie Healy says

    FABULOUS and SO EASY!!! Instead of rolling in coconut flakes I used chopped almonds….ooey gooey and oh so satisfying! Thank you so much for this recipe.

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