Cinnamon Date Coconut Balls
These no-bake cinnamon date coconut balls take just 10 minutes to make with 4 simple ingredients. Perfect for a healthy, energizing snack or dessert!
Why Make this Recipe
- nutritious – hemp seeds add a ton of nutrients these to these sweet, little bites
- healthy snacking – skip the vending machine and pop a couple of these for a healthy, balanced snack that’s under 100 calories per serving
- easy to make – all you need 4 ingredients, 10 minutes and a food processor
What You’ll Need
- coconut – fine or medium shredded dried coconut works in this recipe, it may be labeled as desiccated coconut
- dates – look for soft, moist dates such as medjool or sayer dates
- hemp seeds – hemp seeds, or sometimes labeled hemp hearts, can be found in well-stocked grocery stores, health food stores or are readily available online
- cinnamon – regular cinnamon is great for flavor but if you can get your hands on some ceylon cinnamon for its nutritional benefits, even better!
Step by Step Instructions
There are only two steps to making these sweet treats – blending and rolling!
Step 1. Add everything to your food processor and blend for 30-40 seconds on high until the mixture forms a thick, sticky dough.
Step 2. Roll into balls and enjoy!
For an extra treat roll the balls in shredded coconut, hemp seeds, or both!
Tips and FAQs
- Hemp seed alternatives. I recommend using hemp seeds if you can find them but if not they can be replaced with additional coconut, raw sunflower seeds or almonds.
- Use a kitchen scale. For best results, use a kitchen scale to weigh ingredients. It’s not totally necessary but weighing ingredients is more accurate and will help guarantee recipe success. They’re readily available online for around $10.
Can I used flaked coconut in this recipe?
Sure, however, I’d recommend popping it into the food processor on its own first and pulsing a few times to break down.
Can I make these in a blender?
You can make them in a blender, but it’s much easier to make them in a food processor. If you’re using a blender, make sure its a fairly powerful one, such as Kitchenaid, Vitamix or Blendtec, otherwise you risk burning out the motor.
How should I store these?
They can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months.
Loving these little no-bake treats? Here are some more you might enjoy:
- No-Bake Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Balls
- Chocolate Superfood Energy Balls
- Raw Vegan Gingerbread Bites
- Lime Coconut Energy Bites
- Oatmeal Raisin Cookie Dough Bites
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Cinnamon Date Coconut Balls
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 14
- Category: Snack
- Method: Food Processor
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
Sweet, little, no-bake energy balls made with just 4 simple ingredients. Enjoy these nutritious bites for a healthy snack or dessert any time of day.
- 1 cup (220 g) tightly packed, soft pitted dates
- 3/4 cup (90 g) unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1/2 cup (85 g) hemp seeds
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 1 tbsp warm water
- 1/2 tsp sea salt, optional
- Place all ingredients in a food processor and mix until it forms a thick, sticky dough you can press together with your fingers.
- Roll into 14 balls. Roll each ball in shredded coconut, if desired.
- Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months.
Dates. It’s important to use soft, moist dates in this recipe. If your dates are very dry, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes then drain well before using in the recipe. If you soak your dates, omit the 1 tbsp of water in the recipe.
Hemp seed alternatives. I recommend using hemp seeds if you can find them but if not they can be replaced with additional coconut or raw sunflower seeds.
Use a kitchen scale. For best results, use a kitchen scale to weigh ingredients. It’s not totally necessary but weighing ingredients is more accurate and will help guarantee recipe success. They’re readily available online for around $10.
Keywords: date coconut balls, coconut energy balls, hemp seed balls
UPDATE NOTE: This recipe was originally published December 7, 2015. It was updated with new photos and text on April 6, 2020.
I don’t particularly like the taste of hemp. Would I be able to use flaxseed?
I would suggest replacing them with any other nut or seed. Not flax but almonds, pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, etc. Flax will be too dense and dry. You could maybe do 1/4 cup flax but I wouldn’t do 1/2 cup.
Delish! I included a pinch of salt with mine.
Just made them for breakfast and it tastes really good!
I didn’t have any hemp seeds so I’ve put almonds instead.
Thanks for sharing the recipe.
Excellent! So glad you enjoyed them.
Enjoyed these…always have a bag of hemp seeds I need to use, so I had everything on hand to make these. They came together easily in my food processor and I didn’t need to add any water.
These were really tasty! A perfect little snack before morning workouts. The cinnamon flavor with the coconut is really good! Easy to make too…will make again for sure. Thanks!