German Chocolate Date Balls

Everybody has a bad habit, right? I have a serious bad habit. And as of this moment, the world will know my secret. I must have chocolate every day. It’s not just even once a day. I dare say, I crave (and eat) chocolate after lunch and dinner, daily. There you have it.

It’s most definitely avoidable. I could probably (not) give it up tomorrow. But why? Chocolate is a beautiful thing. And with a creative little recipe like this one, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a horrible thing, either.

German Chocolate Fudge Balls. Sounds indulgent and extremely unhealthy…and they probably could be, if it weren’t for this recipe! German chocolate (cake), three majorly delicious players: Chocolate, check. Coconut, check. Pecans, check! Extremely chocolatey, extremely satisfying. I promise, you won’t miss the excessive cups of sugar or even the gluten.


So what’s the secret to all of this yumminess? Dried medjool dates. And thanks to these dates, this recipe is extremely, ridiculously, easy. It comes together in no time at all.

Pit dates.
Places ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Seriously, you ought to give these a try. Your chocolate demon will thank you (and so will your waistline).


German Chocolate Date Balls
  1. 3/4-1 cup dried dates, pitted
  2. 1 teaspoon vanilla
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, plus 1 tablespoon for rolling
  5. 1/4 cup shredded coconut
  6. 1/2 cup pecans
  7. 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  8. small handful of mini chocolate chips
  1. Place all ingredients (except additional 1 tablespoon of cocoa and chocolate chips) in a food processor or blender. Blend until all ingredients come together (dough will be sticky). Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Place remaining 1 tablespoon of cocoa in a small dish.
  3. Roll tablespoon sized pieces of dough into balls, then roll in reserved cocoa powder.
  4. Chill before serving.
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