Healthy Treats: Almond-Coconut Balls

Since I ate these at a local restaurant, I wanted to make something similar at home. A sweet, crunchy and very aromatic treat that is the most amazing and healthy snack. The storebought version was made with boondis, little balls made from fried gram flour. I substituted puffed rice for the boondis. The almond coconut balls are easy to make. Soak the dates in water for a couple of hours and toast you coconut over medium heat until golden brown.

Almond-Coconut Balls (makes 19)

1 1/3 cups chopped dates, soaked in water for a couple of hours, drained
1/2 cup dried, shredded coconut, toasted
1 T lemon juice
1 t vanilla extract
1/2 t ground cinnamon
1 pinch ground cloves
1 pinch ground cardamom
1/2 t lemon peel
1 cup puffed rice
1/2 cup ground almonds

Place the soaked dates in a food processor and add lemon juice. Process until the dates turn into a creamy paste. Add some more water if neccessary. Combine in a bowl with the rest of the ingredients (except almonds), mix until everything is well combined and form into balls (walnut-sized). Coat with ground almonds and store in an airtight container.

 

29 Comments

  • 9 years ago

    btw… i´m gonna make a post about u on my food-blog.

    too nice recipes!!!

  • 9 years ago

    oh, you had me at aromatic! and they’re so pretty!

  • 9 years ago

    They look and sound divine

  • roo
    9 years ago

    I have to make these! They look yummy!

  • 9 years ago

    They look even better than the store-bought version! amazing!

  • 9 years ago

    the spices you chose sound so delicious!

  • 9 years ago

    i have a bunch of dates i have been debating how to use… looks great!

  • twoveganboys
    9 years ago

    Thank you for the kind words. I am so sorry to hear about your cousin. It is tough losing a loved one.

  • 9 years ago

    Those look divine! My mouth is even watering, haha

  • 9 years ago

    too easy, but I’ll say it anyway: I love your balls, C.

  • 9 years ago

    those look excellent!

  • 9 years ago

    They look like donut holes, but sound much more healthy and delcious.

  • 9 years ago

    Mihl these look SO deliciously perfect! I could eat them all in one sitting!

  • veganjay
    9 years ago

    These look so good!! I love coconut!!

  • 9 years ago

    gulp. I’m already addicted to coconut covered dried dates with almonds in the middle and now these balls? I’m in trouble.

  • 9 years ago

    They look great! A perfect sweet snack :)

  • 9 years ago

    These look totally fabulous! I want to jump into the photo and eat one, right now!

  • 9 years ago

    ooooh – i just love these! thanks, Mihl! easy & yummy looking indeed! i might have to whip some up for thanksgiving treats! yay!

  • 9 years ago

    Mihl, I want your balls!!! Well, that’s sounds dirty, but you know what balls I’m talkin’ about. These look delicious!

  • 9 years ago

    Simply marvelous.

  • 9 years ago

    O my, these look amazing!

    Ok, so now I have rice crispie treats I want to make, and these things; I think i can justify buying a whole box of rice krispies now!

  • 9 years ago

    TOOOOO DELICIOUS!!! :-D

  • 9 years ago

    yum, yum, yummy, I’ve added dried dates to my shopping list for this week to try these out!

  • 9 years ago

    Yummy! These sound very tasty! I think I have all the ingredients!

  • 9 years ago

    Oh these sound so yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe – I love stuff like this!

  • 9 years ago

    Those look amazing!!!

  • fortheloveofguava
    9 years ago

    man… how do you expect us all to do anything but salivate over all those delicious desserts you keep posting?! YUM!

  • 9 years ago

    that looks like a great healthy but sweet treat!

  • 9 years ago

    Ooh, another sugar-free candy recipe I must try! Thank you so much.

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