Coconut Date Balls

Like many desserts, this dessert is a fat bomb – in a good way! This sweet treat contains a good amount of coconut oil. As we’ve talked about before on the blog, fat is so important for our bodies. Coconut oil can give us some essential fatty acids which are great for our brains. Of course, we know animal fats are important for our brain but it’s also important to consume these essential fatty acids. Some essential fatty acids are more commonly found in plants than animals which is why it’s talked about as a brain food. 

Dates are legal on the GAPS Protocol and a great sweetener because they are really sweet! As with any sweet treat, consume these as treats not a meal replacement. This is a dairy free dessert and legal on Full GAPS. 


  • 12 oz Dates
  • 1 cup of Whole Hazelnuts
  • 6 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 1 ¾ tsp Ground Cinnamon

To make the chocolate coating:

  • 3 tbsp Coconut Oil
  • 3 tbsp Cacao Powder


Cut the dates in the half and remove pits if they have them. If there are pits, you will need more dates. Re-weigh the dates to make sure you have 12 oz of fruit.

Add the dates to a pot with enough water to cover the bottom. Place on the stove over medium high heat with the lid on to soften the dates. 

To a blender or food processor, add the hazelnuts. Pulse until very finely ground.

When the dates are soft, add them to the food processor with the ground hazelnuts. Pulse until smooth.

Add in the coconut oil and cinnamon and pulse together until the mixture is very smooth and creamy.

Once the mixture is creamy, portion into small balls. The easiest way is to coat your hands in coconut oil before starting. This mixture is sticky!

This is the base of the recipe but for additional options, you could dunk or drizzle them with chocolate or roll them in coconut flakes or slivers of almonds. What other ideas do you have for topping these? Let us know below!

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