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Eat Well Jun. 3. 2013
Desserts

Almond Coconut Date Globes

Jun. 3. 2013
Desserts
McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

How can a recipe containing all great things like crunchy nutty almonds, sweet coconut, and ooey-gooey dates be anything but delicious? Almond Coconut Date Globes encompass all of those flavors and more. This is a quick and nutrient packed recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth (which I have a whole mouth full) or to take with you on the go for a quick and energizing snack. Previously, I’ve introduced you to Spirulina Energy Globes, but today I share a more sweet version of what I like to call “globes” Why do I refer them to “globes”? Technically a globe is a spherical shape similar to the earth or planets- a.k.a. the perfect portable and mouth popable (yes, I made that word up) shape for a treat and this treat is full of ingredients from the earth, all which are plant based!

Let’s talk ingredients. As always, with my recipes cater them to your own taste preferences. If you aren’t fond of a particular ingredient IMPROVISE and have fun in the kitchen. The ingredients in these globes mesh perfectly with one another. The texture reminded me of a Fig Newton//caramel with the taste of a powdered donut (random I know, but that’s the first thing that came to mind). Not only are these globes delicious, but they’re packed with nutrition in a perfect size!

Nutrient breakdown of Almond Coconut Date Globes | 

  • Vitamin B | B1, B2, niacin, B6, folate
  • Vitamin E
  • Potassium
  • Iron | especially from the almond butter and almond meal
  • Calcium | especially from the almond butter and almond meal
  • Magnesium
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Phosphorus
  • Fiber
  • Protein
  • Healthy fats | omega-3, omega-6 and MCT (medium chain triglycerides) from the coconut
  • Simply & Complex carbohydrates
  • Antioxidants | which are greatly enhanced when raw cocoa or raw cacao nibs are added to the “rolling” process

Almond Coconut Date Globes
Recipe Type: snack, dessert
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Total time:
Serves: 18 globes
These almond coconut date balls are packed with energy in the form of protein, fiber, and carbohydrates. Have fun with the toppings or eat them plain.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup/or 20 large dates, soaked and pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoon ground raw almonds (a.k.a. almond meal)
  • 2 heaping Tbs. almond butter (I like raw & creamy)
  • 3 tablespoon shredded organic coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon of filtered water (as needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • GARNISH
  • cacao nibs (optional)
  • shredded coconut (optional)
  • raw cocoa powder (optional)
Instructions
  1. Soak the pitted and halved dates in filtered water for 30 minutes or until slightly softened.
  2. Blend the dates in a high speed blender to form a “paste”.
  3. Add the almond meal and continue to blend/pulse until combined.
  4. Pour this mixture into a large mixing bowl to combine the remaining ingredients.
  5. Use your hands and get a little messy.
  6. Combine all the ingredients using your hands in a “kneading” motion until you form what resembles a very sticky dough.
  7. Chill in the refridgerator until cold (about 10-20 minutes).
  8. Take the “dough” mixture and roll small tablespoon or golf ball sized balls into the palms of your hands.
  9. Continue this process until all the dough has been formed into mini balls.
  10. Place on a plate/rack and put in the refridgerator or freezer until you serve.
  11. Keep these cool.
  12. Optional: you may roll the almond coconut date balls into cacao nibs, cocoa powder, crushed nuts, or more shredded coconut.
  13. DEVOUR! (or politely enjoy)
Serving size: 1 globe Calories: 100 Fat: 3 Carbohydrates: 20 Sugar: 18 Fiber: 3 Protein: 1
Notes
Nutrition Information not including toppings/garnishes

Have you tried making any type of recipe for “globes”, what has been your favorite? Comment below I love hearing your feedback!

Happy globe rollin’,

xo McKel

The Recipe

Serves 18 globes

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup/or 20 large dates, soaked and pitted dates
  • 3 tablespoon ground raw almonds (a.k.a. almond meal)
  • 2 heaping Tbs. almond butter (I like raw & creamy)
  • 3 tablespoon shredded organic coconut (unsweetened)
  • 1 tablespoon of filtered water (as needed)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • GARNISH
  • cacao nibs (optional)
  • shredded coconut (optional)
  • raw cocoa powder (optional)

Directions:

  1. Soak the pitted and halved dates in filtered water for 30 minutes or until slightly softened.
  2. Blend the dates in a high speed blender to form a “paste”.
  3. Add the almond meal and continue to blend/pulse until combined.
  4. Pour this mixture into a large mixing bowl to combine the remaining ingredients.
  5. Use your hands and get a little messy.
  6. Combine all the ingredients using your hands in a “kneading” motion until you form what resembles a very sticky dough.
  7. Chill in the refridgerator until cold (about 10-20 minutes).
  8. Take the “dough” mixture and roll small tablespoon or golf ball sized balls into the palms of your hands.
  9. Continue this process until all the dough has been formed into mini balls.
  10. Place on a plate/rack and put in the refridgerator or freezer until you serve.
  11. Keep these cool.
  12. Optional: you may roll the almond coconut date balls into cacao nibs, cocoa powder, crushed nuts, or more shredded coconut.
  13. DEVOUR! (or politely enjoy)

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  • These are so pretty–like chocolate truffles if chocolate truffles had nutritional value. 🙂

  • Candice

    These were AMAZING!! Definitely one of my favorite recipes- I made these last night and they are already gone haha 🙂 I made these golf ball sized and used the same measurements but for some reason I only had 7-8 globes? Do you know what I may have done wrong?

    I love everything on your website- I have nearly tried it all! Many of your recipes have become staples in my kitchen (maple banana granola, warm turmeric milk, classic cashew cheese…)

    Thanks for sharing your love for nutrition!

    Candice

    • Hi Candice,
      So glad you enjoyed them! The size of dates could be whats making a smaller servings- or depending on how finely ground the nuts are. Also, thats so great you’re enjoying my recipes and they’ve become staples of yours 🙂

  • Lionel

    I spend a lot of time trying to blend the dates in a paste. any tips for making my life easier?
    it still seems very good, can’t wait to taste them!

    • Great question! Dates can be tricky- first having them very soft will help, you can soak them if you need to. Also, try using a food processor or heavy duty blender with a tamper to push them down. Hope that helps 😉 thanks for sharing xx- m.h.

  • Shyla

    This is such an amazingly delicious recipe! It has caused me to fall in love with dates! I did, however, learn the hard way that dates can have multiple pits.. Oops! I had to pick through the date/almond butter paste and pick out pits. Still so so amazing!

  • These look delicious but I was wondering if you could adapt the recipe to make it higher in protein and lower in carbs? Would you suggest adding hemp protein to these and maybe lower the dates by adding more almond butter to hold them together? Thanks! Love your blog so much! Hex

    • Great question! You can add your favorite protein powder to the recipe and add a touch more water to make sure it sticks and decrease the dates. Hope that helps! The good thing about these recipes is the flexibility! x