Your Ideal Snack Before a Workout : Coconut Date Balls

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Hi all !

I was looking for a good pre-workout snack that I can make in batch and bring easily with me to work. Then I saw all those recipes on “energy balls” packed with ingredients full of good stuff for you. So I managed to create those coconut date balls and the result met all my expectations.

Date balls are ideal because :

  1. They are really easy to make
  2. You can store it for a long time in your fridge
  3. There are millions of variation for the recipe
  4. You can bring it anywhere with you
  5. And the last but not the least : they taste A.M.A.Z.I.N.G

Here is my version of the date balls recipe.

Let’s get started my Frenchies !


coconut date balls


Yield: 6-12 servings (depends on the size of the balls) – Prep time: 15min – Cooking time: 0 min

What you’ll need



  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 250g dates (I use deglet nour dates which are less expensive than medjool dates)
  • 4 tablespoons of nut butter (I use peanut but almond is great as well)
  • 2 tablespoons of cacao (raw unsweetened is best)
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • a dash of cinnamon

Here is my philosophy : use whatever you have in your pantry that is close to the ingredients above as it is more convenient for you. Everyday cooking is fun, it should not be a dictatorship !

Moreover, This is how you create unique recipes which will be yours.


You can start by pitting the dates.

Continue by putting the almonds and coconut in the food processor.Blend for a minute or two, until a flour starts to form.

Then add the nut butter, coconut oil and cacao. Blend for a few seconds before slowly adding in the dates.

You can continue to blend until everything has been combined together to form a sticky mixture.

coconut date balls

This mixture can then be rolled into balls and covered in more coconut.

If it is too soft, you can left it in the fridge to firm up for an hour.

If you can resist not eating the mixture right away then keep the remaining bites in the fridge in a container. I usually keep it for a week in the container (I can’t make it last longer, too yummy!).

coconut date balls

Et voilà!

*the links of the products I recommend in this article are not affiliated. They are my personal preferences and are only recommendations for cooking beginners.

Author: Emilie Durand

Emilie is a French food lover, proud Parisian and founder of On her website, she shares delicious recipes, health tips and tricks. Her goal is to gather and share the habits and rules that have been used and approved by French people for decades. That means cooking your own meals efficiently, enjoying whole foods, eating mindfully and never ever using the word diet again while losing weight.

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