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No-bake chocolate coconut date balls

No-Bake Chocolate Coconut Date Balls

Festive cookie loaded with antioxidants
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword date balls, no-bake dessert recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 24 servings
Calories 111 kcal
Author Adapted from Prevention

Ingredients

  • 24 mini muffin liners
  • 1 1/3 cups unsweetened shredded dried coconut, divided
  • 4 ounces graham crackers
  • 8 whole pitted dried apricots
  • 8 whole pitted dried dates (Medjool if you can find them)
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Grated zest of 1 small orange
  • 2 tablespoons dark rum or 1 1/4 teaspoons rum extract
  • Pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Place liners in a mini muffin tin.
  2. Place 1/3 cup coconut on a small plate.
  3. Place graham crackers in food processor and finely grind. Transfer to bowl.
  4. Place apricots and dates in food processor and process until finely chopped. Add to bowl with graham cracker crumbs.
  5. Add brown rice syrup, cocoa, orange zest, rum, salt, and remaining 1 cup of coconut to bowl. Mix well. (You may need to use your hands; if so, dampen them first.)
  6. Dampen hands and roll a scant tablespoon of the mixture into a ball. Roll ball in coconut and place in muffin cup. Repeat to make 24 balls.
  7. Cover pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  8. When ready to serve, place on a pretty plate.

Recipe Notes

If you don't have a food processor, place the graham crackers in a zip top bag and crush them with a rolling pin or wine bottle. You'll also need to chop the apricots and dates by hand.

If you don't have a mini muffin tin, place the balls on a plate instead.