Cashew date balls with coconut flakes Cashew date balls with coconut flakes Israeli Kitchen Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz

Cashew date balls with coconut flakes

These sweet, nutty dessert treats are a wonderful substitute for typical sugar-laden confections.

  • Yield: Serves 8-32 pieces
  • Prep time: 5 minutes

The healthy eating trend seems to be sticking around for a while – and for good reason. Eating whole, natural foods that are good for the body just feels right, and once you taste food in its natural form, your taste buds start to lose their desire for all the over-sugared and over-salted foods that flood the market. This wonderful tasting dessert offers a fast and easy alternative to typical less healthful desserts, and makes a great party snack to please both your health-conscious guests and those with a strong sweet tooth.

This recipe is very forgiving. You can substitute other types of nuts, and you don’t have to use the exact amounts listed. The idea is to end up with a sweet, sticky concoction that will hold its shape. You can also add cinnamon to the coconut, or a few drops of rum to the date-raisin mixture for added depth of flavor. Just don’t use dates or coconut with added sugar – the glucose and fructose in the dried fruits provide plenty of sweetness. 


  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 8 ounces raw cashew pieces
  • 16 ounces pitted dates (no sulfur)
  • 1/2 cup raisins


Cashew date balls with coconut flakesCashew date balls with coconut flakes (Photo: Sarah F. Berkowitz)

Use a high-powered food processor to process cashews, raisins and dates until a sticky mixture is formed and nuts are visible only in tiny pieces.

Form into small balls, and roll in shredded coconut.

Cashew date balls can be refrigerated in an airtight container, and will stay fresh for at least a week. 

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