Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls

4 WWPP Posted by 3 years ago 26 Comments

It’s holiday cookie season! I love this time of year because it forces me to get creative in the kitchen. Sure, I could make all the standard cookie recipes out there but where’s the fun in that? I’d much rather experiment and come up with fun, healthy ways to indulge while still getting some good stuff in the kids.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against all the traditional baked goods out there. Give me a standard chocolate chip cookie or double chocolate brownie and I’m good to go, but in a way I find baking that stuff at home boring and well, monotonous. It’s what everyone bakes. It’s what every store carries.

I’m much more motivated to cook and bake when I move past the old standbys and try to come up with something new that hopefully my family will embrace and I can feel good about them eating.

Yesterday these fit the bill and I’m IN HEAVEN!

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls

Don’t they look so festive?! The best part? Well, I can’t pick ONE. First, they are no-bake. Total bonus during the busy holiday season. Second, there are only 5 ingredients and that includes the sprinkle of powdered sugar on top. Third, 3, let me repeat, THREE, are only 130 calories! And let me tell you, 3 are totally satisfying. Rarely do I stop at a single serving but my belly was full after eating these. Of course I did go back for more a few hours later but still. ;)

Oh! and the kids? Well both loved them!

Ryan had 3 after school.

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls - kid 1

Yeah, that’s “The Toddler” all grown up giving old mom the look while calling his friend on the phone after finishing his homework. *sigh* When did THAT happen? Anyway, notice the chocolate lips. Evidence. lol

Little Bean, well, he was also caught red handed, err, faced.

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls - kid 2

But he attacked the plate during the photo shoot.

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls - toddler

Of course he was taking bites of them and then putting them back before grabbing another one. Please tell me your kids do that too.

Anyway, how do they taste? Well delicious! The dates and cashews make a great indulgent combo, similar to the cashew cookie flavor of a Laura bar. The cocoa on the outside isn’t sweet but gives that tart cocoa flavor which by itself isn’t yummy, but once you bite into the sweetness, it all comes together for the perfect bite. Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew BallsI loved them at room temperature but kept the leftovers in the fridge only to realize they are even better cold. The dates almost takes on a caramel texture. Delicious!

Okay, lets get down to the recipe. I’m excited about these, can you tell?

  • 1/2 cup Salted Cashews (65g)
  • ~20 dates 140g
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tbsp Dark Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (5g) (Regular cocoa would be great too)
  • 1/8 tsp powder sugar

I’m obsessed with nuts at the moment and cashews are on the top of the list.

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls - the cashews

If you don’t have salted I’d add a pinch to the recipe.

Put the cashews, dates and vanilla in your processor or bullet.

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls - step 1

Pulse until all the major chunks are broken up a bit.

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls - step 2

Then keep going until the mixture forms dough balls while it’s processing.

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls - step 3

It took about 2 minutes for me shaking the bullet a bit to get things back down towards the blades.

Roll the dough into small balls around 10 g each. According to my calculations you should get 20 – 10g balls but I was only able to make 18. You lose a bit during the process and that includes nibbles. :)

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls - the balls

Now you could stop there but I wanted to make these a bit more festive so I pulled out my secret weapon.

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls - dark cocoa powder

I LOVE this stuff. If you can’t find it near you, regular cocoa powder would work great too. I’m just obsessed with all that is dark chocolate.

Put the cocoa powder on a plate and loosen any clumps with a fork.

Roll the balls until coated well and then tap to remove some of the excess.

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls - roll in cocoa

I thought they looks just like truffles!

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls - all rolled

It was a last minute decision to add the powdered sugar. Just a touch for holiday effect.

No-Bake Dark Chocolate Coated Cashew Balls - finished

I’m calculating the batch to make 6 servings of 3 balls each to be safe. If you get an extra 1 or 2, well BONUS! :)

Happy NO-baking. :)

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
6 3 balls
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
130 5g 3g old: 2 new: 4
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
15g 1g 21g 3g

See other recipes using: cashews, cocoa powder, dates, vanilla

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    Jody - Fit at 55

    November 29, 2012

    I am afraid I would eat them all! :) Such cute pics!!!!!!!!!! Reply


    November 29, 2012

    Dates? hmmm...never bought dates, but I am going to COSTCO tomorrow. & they have the best prices on nuts, so I may have to try these. Reply


    November 30, 2012

    that's it---dates and cashews added to the shopping list! Reply


    November 30, 2012

    These look amazing - I can't wait to try! Quick question: your nutritional info shows all 5 grams of fat per serving to come from saturated fat. Is that a typo? Thanks! Amy Reply


    November 30, 2012

    These look so good! I might gift them to my office in little celophane gift bags for the holidays! Reply


    November 30, 2012

    It IS a type! Thank you so much. Only 1g of sat fat. Reply


    November 30, 2012

    Just made these and my 9 and 12 year old love them! Thanks! :) it always feels good to feed them good all natural food! Reply


    December 1, 2012

    I can't wait to make these. I already bought dates to try my hand at homemade Larabars, but these look even better! Here's hoping both of the 11 yo twins will like them. Usually, if one likes something the other one doesn't. Plus, it's something my Gluten Free hubby could eat. Bonus! Reply


    December 1, 2012

    I am currently eating these and they are amazing! The hubby couldn't believe what was in them when he tasted them, they are that good. Thanks, Roni, for another wonderful recipe. Reply


    December 2, 2012

    Could you use a different kind of nut and raisins instead? Just tring to use what I have in the pantry already. Reply


    December 3, 2012

    I tried them today (and I once before tried dates and wasn't impressed) - and the balls are sooooo good!!! Right now they are chilling in the fridge, but I loved my sample. Thanks!! Reply


    December 3, 2012

    These look yummy! Purchased all the ingredients today and will be making these this week. Reply


    December 5, 2012

    Liz - I was going to make other varieties with nuts but I didnt think of using raisins! I don't see why they wouldn't work but I'm not sure the proportions would be the same. Dates are much stickier and have almost a carmel consistency. Reply


    December 7, 2012

    Loved these! I couldn't bring myself to make 10 g balls--so they ended up being a slightly more indulgent 15 g--but still a very virtuous snack. Reply


    December 7, 2012

    Sort of like a Lara Bar. I am making them now. Unless you have a super powerful Magic Bullet, I would like to know how you did it - mine is about ready to burn out. Any tips? Reply


    December 7, 2012

    I started with a few pulses and then let it run. If it starts to drag I'll pick up the whole unit and shake in towards the blades. I do this for single serve bana ice cream too... <--video Reply


    December 10, 2012

    I just made these and they are really good. But mine are really oily...does this mean I didn't process the "dough" long enough? (I also used really cheap cashews-maybe they were oilier than they should be.) Reply


    December 10, 2012

    Yvette, mine were really oily, too. I just assumed that this was normal? Reply


    December 10, 2012

    Yvette - That's pretty normal. It's the oil coming out of the nuts. Reply


    December 12, 2012

    Is it ok to freeze these? Reply


    December 12, 2012

    Freezing would be fine but I'm not sure how they texture wil be once defrosted. If you try it let us know! Reply


    December 15, 2012

    Oh my, just realized there was this link from the no bake thumbprints - cashews are my favorite nut. Yum! Reply


    December 19, 2012

    Just made these, and they are a hit!! Would love to make these as part of my holiday goodies baskets- How do you store them? in the fridge? do they keep well? Reply


    December 19, 2012

    Haha, sorry just read the WHOLE post. Thanks, they really are Delicious! Reply

    Rachel Bridgwood

    February 1, 2013

    REALLY looking forward to trying this. I usually use Medjool dates. Any experience with these? I highly doubt I should use 20 of them, right? Any idea how many Medjool dates would equal the 20 that you used? :S haha Reply


    February 2, 2013

    Rachel - I haven't used them but I'm thinking the same amount in grams in probably your best bet as they are larger, correct. Just weigh out 140g worth, you should be fine. Hope you like them! Reply