Dates, nuts and un-baking…’s all so hot right now, I can not even deal (teenage speak).

Keeping that trend in mind, this next recipe is for all you refined sugar haters out there. It’s quick, easy,  nutritious and absolutely delicious. However, you will need a food processor or else you will be chopping finely for days.

There are only four ingredients; 1 cup fresh dates, 1 cup whole almonds, 2 Tbsp honey and coconut for rolling them in.


O.K, may have spotted the squares of dark chocolate, I guess that makes ingredient number 5. I just couldn’t  help myself. I knew the chocolate would go so well with everything else and it does. The chocolate is totally optional, as it has no functional purpose in this recipe what so ever, so feel free to leave it out.

The recipe follows, but basically you will put the nuts, dates and chocolate into the food processor and blend until you get the desired texture you want. You will then  add the honey and blend until it starts to come together. The mixture should look like this.


I then roll the mixture into balls, makes about 18 and roll the balls in dessicated coconut to finish them off. I did notice with the coconut that not all brands are created equal. My last packet was quite dry and hard so I had to whizz that up in the processor so  it would stick to the balls. The previous brand was lovely and fine and I had no trouble with it sticking.

They will last forever in the fridge, which is where you should store them and they are a great go to treat at anytime of the day.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

So go bake yourselves happy.

My Big Nutty Balls
  • 1 cup fresh dates, pips/stones removed
  • 1 cup whole almonds
  • 30g Dark chocolate(optional)..I couldn't help myself
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • ½ cup dessicated coconut
  1. Please don't forget to remove the date stones!!!!!
  2. Put the dates, almonds and chocolate in the processor and whizz until they are finely chopped.
  3. Add the honey and process again until the ingredients start clumping together.
  4. Grab about 2 tsp of mixture at a time, roll into a ball, then roll in coconut.
Make sure you process the nuts and dates to the desired texture you want, BEFORE you add the honey. The longer you process them the finer the texture of the ball will be.
Depending on how sticky your fresh dates are, you may need slightly more or less honey.