Only 4 ingredients and less than 10 minutes are needed to make these deliciously more-ish nut balls. Use the recipe as is, or customise using some of the suggested add-in options.
Why Make Nut Balls?
- No-Bake Snack: No baking, microwaving, or stovetop involved. Super easy and a great recipe for kids to make with little supervision
- Kid-Friendly: Sweet and easy to eat on the go. Just what kids love!
- Grab-and-go: Have a stash in the refrigerator or freezer for when the need for a sweet treat
- Nuts: Nuts are natural power-packs of nutrients which help children grow, develop and learn. However, children under five should avoid whole nuts due to the risk of choking. Blitzing them up and transforming them into balls is a great alternative.
- Customizable: Easy to mix and match ingredients
- DATES (for binding and sweetness) The dates should be soft and sticky or they will not blend properly and the balls won’t form as easily. If your dates are dry then soak in boiling water until soft.
- WALNUTS – You can sub for a different nut (such as cashew, pecans, macadamia) or a mixture of nuts.
- PEANUT BUTTER – for richness and binding. Natural is best (without the added oils, sugar etc)
- DESICCATED COCONUT – for rolling (optional)
Optional Add Ins
Why not try customising the nut balls by adding one (or more) of the following…
- Spices (such as vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger)
- Cocoa or Cacao powder, for a rich chocolate flavour
- Dried fruit (raisins, apricot, mango, cranberries etc)
- Chocolate Chips
- Seeds (flax seed, chia seed, hemp seed etc) for a nutrition boost.
Video – Watch How to Make Them
- PULSE: Add the walnuts to a food processor and pulse until they are finely crushed.
- BLEND: Add the dates and peanut butter and continue to blend to a paste consistency.
- ROLL: Scoop out 1 tbsp amounts and roll into balls.
- COAT: Roll in coconut to coat.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you don’t have a food processor, you can try using a blender but dates can be tough for blenders due to their sticky nature. Try pulsing instead of blending.
I do not recommend these for babies. They have a “claggy” nut butter texture that can be a chocking hazard.
Add nut balls to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week (if they last that long!) or freeze, for up to 2 months.
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- Food Processor
- 40g (¼ cup) Walnuts Roughly Chopped
- 60g (½ cup) Dates I used medjool dates (around 5)
- 1 tbsp Peanut Butter Natural
- 2 tbsp Desiccated Coconut Unsweeetened
- Place the walnuts in a food processor and blitz until they are finely crushed.
- Add the dates and peanut butter and continue to blend to a paste consistency.
- Scoop out 1 tbsp amounts and roll into balls. Roll in the coconut to coat.
- Enjoy at room temperature or place in the refrigerator to harden.
*Originally published Jan 2014. The post has been updated to include no photos, process shots and extra recipe information.