Chocolate Date Balls – Chennai India

So here’s the thing. I’ve been meaning to figure out how to make these for a long time. Ever since I went into a Whole Foods and found some pretty fantastic chocolate date balls to buy, I’ve been dying to figure out how I could make the same thing at home without having to drive three hours to get it.

And for some reason, the inspiration struck me one day while I was sitting in my vacation rental in Chennai, India. These chocolate date balls are fantastic travel snacks (put in a Ziploc bag, take on a plane or bus or car trip), and they’re fun, healthy dessert items! Although they’re really freakin’ good chocolate date balls of goodness, don’t be fooled… they’re super healthy too. Add some spirulina, chia seeds, or flax seeds to the mix to give them a boost of nutrition.

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Yields ~10 Balls

Chennai, India – Chocolate Date Balls

45 minTotal Time

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  • 20 Dates
  • 2 Tbsp Rice Flour
  • 1/4 Cup Chocolate
  • 1 Tbsp Honey OR Maple Syrup
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Oil
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Shredded Coconut (optional)


  1. Pit and slice dates. Slice the dates as small as possible and mash them with a fork (or use a food processor).
  2. Add and incorporate the rice flour, chocolate, salt, honey, and oil. Incorporating these ingredients may take some time without a food processor, so be patient. Using a food processor will speed the process along.
  3. Add the shredded coconut into the mix, and again incorporate thoroughly.
  4. Form balls with the "dough," and place them on a plate.
  5. Sprinkle more shredded coconut over the balls and on the plate, and then roll the balls in the coconut so they're thoroughly covered.
  6. Enjoy after rolling or after allowing the balls some time to set in the fridge.

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