Plain Old Awesome Date Balls Recipe

Date Balls
By Contributor Allison Baltzersen


Plain Old Awesome Date Balls Recipe

Plain Old Awesome Date Balls Recipe


  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • 3/4 cup dry oats
  • ¼ cup shredded coconut
  • 3 TBS mini chocolate chips
  • 1 TBS hemp hearts
  • 1 TBS buckwheat groats


Want a treat that is not only fun (and relatively healthy) to eat, but also fun for the family to make together? Try this raw date ball recipe. Simply soak the PITTED (dear Lord, make sure they are pitted or you’ll be slaving over each date pulling the pits out) dates in water for about four hours to soften. Drain them, then throw them into a blender with a few tablespoons of water and pulse till they are loosely chunky. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together and roll into bite-sized balls with your hands. Place the balls in a sealed container and refrigerate to firm them up for snacking throughout the week.

This is a really fun recipe for toddlers to make. The raw ingredients are all safe to eat and the sticky texture equals a good hour of creating. Simply divide the raw ingredients onto a kid-friendly tray. Consider making snowmen or other silly shapes out of the mixture. You can also add other ingredients like raisins or sprinkles to jazz up the recipe.


Recipe Date Balls
Date Balls
Allison Baltzersen is a mother of two baby girls and blogs about her bumblings through green parenting over at Funny Shade of Green 

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37 responses to “Plain Old Awesome Date Balls Recipe”

  1. Yummy!

  2. These look amazingly easy to make.

  3. Wow these look so delicious!! Sharing with my grandma I know she will love these!!

  4. Looks great!!

  5. These sound yummy and perfect for my little guys to help make!

  6. I love date balls and am obsessed with them! I make my own with dates and coconut. Sometimes I use whole almonds in the middle. Sooooo good! This is a great recipe. I’ll have to see where I can buy hemp and buckwheat from. I pinned the recipe here:

  7. The recipe looks delicious. I love everything with dates and oats.

  8. Never tried date balls before, it sounds yummy though.

  9. these are new to me but I do remember my mother making a pastry with dates inside and boy was that yummy 🙂

  10. Those sounds extremely delicious!..& healthy.

  11. Those look yummy and I need to try these! I love dates!

  12. I love date balls, super easy and so versatile. easily replace half oats for hemp hearts or chia seeds, chocolate chips for carob chips, mmm.

  13. I’ve never had a date ball, but they sure look yummy. And satisfying! Simple recipe too, must try!

  14. the grandkids will be able to make these with me

  15. These look so yummy and I bet my son would even like them!

  16. This would be great at holiday time

  17. They look delish,and seem so easy to put together,thanks

  18. I never liked dates but these look awesome , my mom loves dates maybe i will make some for her 🙂 thanks for sharing 🙂

  19. These look good! Great snack for lunches!

  20. Would love to try these with the grandkids

  21. These sound like a delish sweet treat that I could make with my grandkids! I know they would love it!

  22. I think my mom would love these. They’d make a great alternative to her favourite (date squares).

  23. I love these date balls recipe because my grandma used to make these for us.It was a pleasure to find this recipe here.Thank you.

  24. fun to make and good to eat

  25. I don’t even think the chocolate could tempt me to eat the dates unfortunately

  26. so many people don’t realize how delicious dates are! they don’t really have a flavor… they’re just sweet!

  27. I myself dont care for dates but hubby loves them,maybe i WILL MAKE THESE FOR A TREAT for him

  28. This sounds like such a fun snack to make with the little one and healthy as well!

  29. I dont care for dated but hubby loved these

  30. I love dates, I always have some at Christmas time. I remember my mother baking date slices – pastry and dates is all I remember from the recipe unfortunately 🙁

  31. I made these and the were gone in no time

  32. The grandkids made these yesterday,and they sure enjoyed eating them also

    • I never had any buckwheat groats… but they were good

  33. When i made these for hubby last week i made 1/2 with cherry in the middle for myself sice i dont like Dates and the were really good

  34. I love dates and these look so yummy and easy to make.Thanks so much for sharing.

  35. These look so easy to make and look so good, I have all ingredients except the buckwheat groats so I just might use chia seeds.

  36. These are delicious I made them yesterday and they were so easy to make

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