Date, Oat & Coconut Choc Balls (nut free)

Date, Oat & Coconut Choc Balls

I make these as much for me as for the children’s lunch boxes.  I find them a great energy snack that ties me over to the next meal and you can find them popping up in my food diary over the last 7 weeks.  

I do make these balls quite small though, because even though the ingredients are largely wholesome, they still are quite sweet.  I usually make a heap of them and put them straight into the freezer to use here and there over the upcoming month.  I eat them straight from the freezer. Delicious.

Date, Oat & Coconut Choc Balls
Serves 20
Nut free energy balls. Great for the lunch box.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
40 min
  1. 1 cup (150 grams) Pitted Dates
  2. 1 cup (150 grams) Dried Apricots
  3. 1/2 cup (40 grams) desiccated coconut
  4. 1/2 cup (50 grams) rolled oats
  5. 1/4 cup (20 grams) skim milk powder
  6. 2 tablespoons boiling water
  7. 2 teaspoons cocoa or cacao powder
  8. 1/2 cup extra desiccated coconut for coating
  1. Whizz up all ingredients in a food processor or Thermomix (slowly turn to 9 for 10 seconds) until combined well.
  2. Form small balls with your hands.
  3. Coat with the extra coconut.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  1. I freeze batches of these choc balls and put them directly in the lunch box of a morning.
  2. If you want to make these diary free, you could try using approx 1-2 tablespoons of Tahini paste, coconut oil or honey instead of the skim milk powder.
Adapted from Whole Food Simply
Adapted from Whole Food Simply
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Lunch Box Ideas

Below are some of the lunch boxes I’ve done up for my kids this year with these Date Choc Balls.

Lunch Box 1

Date, Oat & Coconut Choc Balls - lunch box idea

Lunch Box 2

  • Wholemeal sandwich
  • Crackers & Cheese
  • Baby corn & carrots
  • Cherries
  • Date Choc Ball

Date, Oat & Coconut Choc Balls - lunch box idea

Lunch Box 3

  • Corn chips
  • Bean dip (with cream cheese)
  • Carrot sticks
  • Apricot
  • Choc date ball

Date, Oat & Coconut Choc Balls - lunch box idea

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  1. Tara says

    Hi there. I wanted to thank you for this recipe. I was looking for a nut free snack that my son could eat on the run between morning classes, and that would sustain him until lunch. I changed the apricots to dried cherries, and the skim milk powder to pumpkin seed powder. My son loves them!

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