No Bake Coconut Date Balls + Cookbook Giveaway

No Bake Coconut Date Balls {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

There’s no denying that I love decadent desserts. I love making them, eating them and sharing them with friends and family. All of this love for making desserts was recently noticed by the wonderful people over at Harlequin. I was contacted a few weeks ago about reviewing and sharing a recipe from Debbie Adler’s new book, Sweet Debbie’s Organic Treats: Allergy-Free and Vegan Recipes. If you’re a vegan, diabetic, have celiac disease, a food allergy or an intolerance or are interested in boosting your health through your baking, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on this cookbook. It’s packed with over 50 irresistible allergy-free and vegan recipes. From cupcakes, muffins, brownies, cookies, doughnuts and bread, this book has everything you need to create show-stopping allergy-free and vegan treats.
No Bake Coconut Date Balls {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

It was so hard to choose exactly which recipe I wanted to share with you today. From Irresistible Red Velvet Cupcakes to Gourmet Dark Chocolate Mesquite Brownies, each recipe had my mouthwatering! Ultimately I decided on the Date Balls since the holidays are right around the corner. Growing up I remember making date balls that were very similar to these, so when I spotted the recipe I knew I wanted to give them a try. :)

No Bake Coconut Date Balls {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Having an almost one year old around the house, I’m always looking for healthy snacks that I can grab on the go. You can make these date balls ahead of time, store them in the freezer, then grab and go as you please!

Sweet Debbie's Organic Treats Cookbook Giveaway on Sweet Pea's Kitchen

Here’s your chance to win a copy of this amazing cookbook just in time for Holiday season! Just follow the directions below for a chance to win! Sorry this giveaway is limited to US residents only.

No Bake Coconut Date Balls {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

How to Enter: Leave a comment on this post answering the question: “Do you currently follow a special diet (vegan, diabetic, allergy free)? If not, do you know someone who does/or has? ” Feel free to leave links to your favorite vegan/allergy-free/diabetic recipes. :)

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Deadline: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 12:00am CST                   GIVEAWAY CLOSED!!


Giveaway Winner!


Giveaway Winner!

Winner: The winner will be selected at random by Sweet Pea’s Kitchen using The giveaway is only open to U.S. residents. Be sure a valid email address is included with your comment(s). All entries received after the deadline will not be considered. Entries that do not follow the entry requirements will not be considered. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to confirm receipt of the email. If the winner does not reply within 48 hours, another winner will be selected.

No Bake Coconut Date Balls

Yield: makes about 14


6 Medjool dates, pitted and halved
6 dried plums (prunes), pitted and cut into 1/2 inch pieces
1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
1/2 cup raw pumpkin seeds
1/4 cup chocolate chips (or make your own No Sugar Dark Chocolate Chips)
1/4 cup fresh blueberries
1 teaspoon cacao powder
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
3 tablespoons water

For the Topping:
2 tablespoons of chia seed
1/4 cup shredded coconut


Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, process dates, plums, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, chocolate chips, blueberries, cocoa powder, salt and water until almost smooth.
Place the coconut and chia seeds for rolling in separate shallow bowls. Fill a medium bowl halfway with cold tap water. Dip your hands in the water and shake off any excess (this will prevent the balls from sticking to your hands and ensure that the topping sticks to the ball). Roll a heaping tablespoon of mixture into a 1½-inch ball between moistened palms, roll the ball in either the coconut or chia seeds, and then place it on the prepared baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining dough, moistening your hands as necessary and spacing the balls about 2 inches apart. Place the balls in the freeze to chill for 2 hours.
Wrap each ball individually in parchment paper or bakery tissue paper, place in a sealable plastic freezer bag and keep frozen until ready to eat.

One Year Ago: Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins Pumpkin Doughnut Muffins {Sweet Pea's Kitchen}

Two Years Ago: Cinnamon Ice Cream Cinnamon Ice Cream

Three Years Ago: S’Mores Cookies smore-cookie

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    My Mother is a diabetic and unfortunately has a real sweet tooth. This would be great to make her treats that will satisfy her indulgences!

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    I don’t follow any particular diet but these date balls look delicious!

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    Denise Beauchamp — November 13, 2013 @ 1:15 pm

    Are the blueberries fresh or dried?

    • Christina replied: — November 13th, 2013 @ 3:17 pm

      Fresh (or frozen and thawed) blueberries! :)

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    I currently follow a lower-carb higher-protein diet to accommodate a health issue. It’s not super specialized, but I have had to learn to be more mindful of what I put in my mouth.

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    These sound great! I love dates, and I have recently discovered a love for coconut. These would be a great snack for me when I get my increased winter hunger.

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