My favorite date balls! Just 4 ingredients for deliciously soft date centers topped with melty chocolate drizzle and crunchy nuts for the perfect texture combo.
Date Balls: Soft, Sweet, and a Little Salty
‘Tis the season for all the sweet cookies, candy, and balls? Date balls, oh my! Creamy, soft date centers drizzled with rich chocolate and topped with crunchy almonds—welcome to the best date ball recipe!
Date Balls with 4 Ingredients
- Almond butter
How to Make Date Balls
Here’s an overview of how to make date balls. Remember, exact ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card, toward the bottom of this post.
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. Then, clear some space in the freezer for this sheet.
- Next, add dates and almond butter to a food processor. Blend until sticky and cohesive.
- Now, add in 1 cup almonds, vanilla, and salt. Pulse until date ball mixture is soft and crumbly.
- Add melted chocolate, blending until chocolate date ball “dough” forms.
- Scoop and drop balls of date ball dough onto the prepared cookie sheet.
- Drizzle melted chocolate onto date balls. Sprinkle with chopped almonds.
- Chill and enjoy the best date balls! Then, make these Chocolate Coconut Candy Clusters.
Customizing This Date Balls Recipe
Wondering if you can put your own little spin on this recipe for date balls? Go on now! Here are a few of the ways in which you can make this recipe your own.
Change the chocolate
I love using dark chocolate to make my date balls, but you can easily use milk chocolate, white chocolate, or even salted chocolate. For another chocolate fix, make my Vegan Cake!
Switch up the Nut Butter
Instead of using almond butter, try peanut butter, sunflower seed butter or even homemade cashew butter.
Swap the Nuts
Don’t love almonds? No worries! Try making this date ball recipe with peanuts or another kind of nut. Watch out for pecans and walnuts, which tend to be a bit too oily when blended.
Change the Extract
While I love using vanilla extract in these date balls, I sometimes like to add in a splash of pure almond extract. Try this date ball recipe with ¼ teaspoon of another extract, increase as needed.
Skip the dates… yep, I said it!
You can skip the dates in these date balls entirely. Just substitute the dates with another similar dried fruit. Dried raisins work well!
Customizing this recipe is just as easy as these Breakfast Bars.
Storing & Freezing Date Balls
Store date balls in an airtight container at room temperature or on the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.
To freeze, store date balls in a freezer-friendly container for 1-3 months. Allow to thaw until softened before serving. Then, make these No Bake Peanut Butter Oatmeal Cookies!
More No Bake Recipes
- 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Balls
- Chocolate Almond Bark
- Rice Crispy Treats
- Peanut Butter Granola Bars
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Great Balls of… Dates!
So, whaddya think of today’s recipe for date balls? Let me know in the comments below. And if you make this recipe, take a pic and share it on Instagram and Facebook using the tags @beamingbaker and #beamingbaker. I can’t wait to see it! ‘Til next time…
Sending you all my love and maybe even a dove, xo Demeter ❤️Print
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