No-Bake Cherry Date Balls

No Bake Cherry Date Balls

Good news!

First off, it’s my 100th post blogiversary. Woohoo! I’d like to take this opportunity to give you a virtual hug and thank you for your support. I’ve had so much fun with this blog where I’ve had the chance to ‘meet’ most of you. You give me inspiration. Thanks for helping make this world a more delicious place :-)

The second piece of good news is Frigidaire and Foodbuzz have teamed up to help inspire families to get cooking. By joining the Frigidaire Kids’ Cooking Academy, you will not only get kid-friendly recipes, tips and how-to videos, but Frigidaire will donate $1 to Save the Children’s U.S. Programs when you visit the Academy. Plus Foodbuzz and Frigidaire are donating $50 for every kid-friendly recipe submitted. How nice is that? Click here to join. Thanks for supporting a great cause!

Now, I’m excited about this recipe. Why? Well, because it truly is an easy, tasty and fun recipe. It’s especially great to make with kids as it does not require baking. Plus it’s dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan so this recipe is suitable for just about all of the little ones, with the exception of those allergic to nuts — sorry. Kids find the date balls fun to prepare because they help shape them into little ‘meat’balls (or other fun shapes) and they can dip them into the coconut flakes.

If you have leftovers, you can either store them in the fridge (they’ll keep for about 5-7 days) or freeze them. Also, I made 15 date balls but if you have very young children you could easily make 30 mini date balls, or even make them into other shapes if you’re concerned about a choking hazard. Hope you like these delicious bites as much as I did :-)

No-Bake Cherry Date Balls
Serves: 15 balls
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsalted mixed nuts (1/3 almonds, ⅓ pecans, ⅓ walnuts)
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • ⅔ cup Medjool dates, pitted
  • ⅓ cup dried cherries, unsweetened
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • ¼ cup flaked coconut, unsweetened
Instructions
  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place nuts and salt in a food processor or blender; blend until fine. Add dates and cherries and pulse until incorporated.
  2. Add vanilla and water and pulse for a few seconds, or until the mixture is sticky. Shape mixture into 1-inch smooth balls. Dip date balls into coconut flakes. Place on baking sheet and freeze for 1 hour. Serve cool.

* For a few fun ideas on involving kids with cooking, see my quick tips here.

  • http://sandraseasycooking.blogspot.com/ Sandra@Sandra’s Easy Cooking

    This is gorgeous Trish! Love the photos, presentation, and amazing recipe!!! I am so happy that you doing post for this wonderful campaign!!!Nicely Done!!!

    • http://dishbytrish.com Trish

      Thanks, Sandra! I appreciate it. Glad you like them :-) Congrats on top 9 today!!

  • http://madaboutmacarons.com Jill

    Date and cherry lovely combo but with no bake, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free these are a winner!

  • http://www.thisdesignercooks.blogspot.com Stephanie Tramontozzi

    These look delicious and so healthy. Ithink this is just the snack I have been craving!

  • http://gingerbreadcake.wordpress.com Lindsey @ Gingerbread Bagels

    I am making these asap! I just love dried cherries, dates and coconut. Mmm they look so good. And your photos are just gorgeous.

  • http://eatknitgrow.com Lindsay @Eat, Knit, Grow

    Those look delicious! I have been looking for some fun vegan recipes!

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  • http://eatingRD.com eatingRD

    Yum! I am a huge fan of dates, well obsessed actually :) The farmer’s market I like to go to has several different varieties and hybrids that are really tasty. I’ve been meaning to make homemade bars or balls lately. Congrats on the 100th post and many more to come!

    • http://shikamoo.typepad.com visda

      this looks gorgeous. all my favorite ingredients and not too sweet. thanks for sharing.

  • http://lemonsandanchovies.wordpress.com/ Jean

    Congrats on your 100th post, Trish! So happy to have met you (and even more excited that soon we’ll practically be neighbors!). These no-bake date balls would be a hit with me–delicious and healthy, what’s not to love?!

    • http://dishbytrish.com Trish

      Thanks, Jean. I’m very excited we’ll be almost neighbors. We’ll have to plan some dinners, purely for work reasons of course :-)

  • http://flourdusted.blogspot.com/ briarrose

    What a wonderful, easy treat! Love it!

    • http://skinnykitchen.com nancy@skinnykitchen.com

      Congrats on 100 posts. I know how much work that is!
      These no bake treats sound yummy!

  • http://www.thechefdoc.com Hester aka The Chef Doc

    I can’t wait to make these myself, Trish! They’re very darling and seem very tasty :-) Hope you’ve been doing well!

  • http://www.koreanamericanmommy.com Lisa

    Looks Lila a deliciously healthy treat, Trish. It reminds me of the Korean chestnut treat balls.

  • http://www.diethood.com Kate @ Diethood.com

    HAPPY BLOGOVERSARY!!!

    I’m loving these gems – anything with dates! Thank you for sharing.

    • http://dishbytrish.com Trish

      Thanks, Kate! I can’t believe I’m at post 100 already. Thanks for your readership :-)

  • http://kitchenmeditation.com Roxan

    Congrats on the 100th post!
    These look delicious! I was just at trader joes yesterday and I saw a package of medjool dates but I didn’t get any. I should have! I want to make these.

  • http://alittlesumpinsumpin.blogspot.com Christina

    Congrats on your yummy 100th blog post!

  • http://foodtrainers.blogspot.com Lauren Slayton

    These look fantastic and since cherries are high in melatonin a good bedtime snack too.

    • http://dishbytrish.com Trish

      I knew there was a solid purpose to eat them before bed :-)

  • http://kitchen-confidante.com Liren

    Happy blogiversary!!!! I just love how the food blog world has introduced me to new friends like you :) And this recipe is fantastic – no bake and good for you, too! My kids would love to make this :)

  • http://sweetebakes.blogspot.com Evan @swEEts

    They’re like little balls of nutrition! I love em.. I need to go buy some cherries now!

  • http://morethanamountfull.blogspot.com/ Chef Dennis

    Hi Trish
    Congratulations on your 100th post!! Time flies when your having fun!!
    I love those cherry date balls, they look delicious, and no bake is right up my alley, when you don’t bake them you get to eat them that much faster!
    Cheers
    Dennis

  • http://www.zomppa.com Patty@zomppa

    Super cool! These are amazing! I’m always looking for a healthy and nutritious snack for my kids – these would make a wonderful addition to her lunch box.

  • http://muchtomydelight.blogspot.com jenn

    Those sound great! I’m a big fan of anything I can whirl in my food processor and leave it at that!

  • http://thatskinnychickcanbake.blogspot.com/ Liz

    Oh, my, these sound incredible. I love, love all these ingredients…and these are beautiful to boot!

  • Colleen O’Keefe

    WOW!!! congratulations on your 100th post!! i know it is a lot of work and your pictures are beautiful!!! i can’t wait to make those date/cherry balls!! they look delicious!!

  • http://www.zomppa.com Belinda @zomppa

    Congratulations!!! What a way to celebrate…beautiful.

  • http://www.indiansimmer.com Prerna@IndianSimmer

    Yay, Congratulation son ur 100th post! U r doing a fabulous job and u have wayyy to go.
    And now about those no bake balls.. I’m SO gonna try these asap. I’m sure my little one’s gonna love it.

  • http://caffeiiina.blogspot.com Sara

    Happy 100th post!! I love love love this entry and I’m glad you submitted it for a great ’cause. Carla and I got a lot into dried fruit so I need to bookmark this recipe to try it out with her :)

  • http://kitchen-morph.blogspot.com thoma

    congrats on your 100th post! well, such a winner you have here. thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.chichoskitchen.blogspot.com Cherine

    Happy 100th post!
    Those balls look wonderful!

  • http://medejos.blogspot.com/ Medeja

    I love such recipes cause I have no possibility to bake and because they look really great and Im sure taste even better, really sweet :)

  • http://www.okiedokieartichokie.me Stephanie @ okie dokie artichokie

    Gratz on your 100th post! How exciting!

    These cherry date balls look so pretty and cute! I love the color even before they are rolled in the coconut. :-p

  • http://www.sweetsaltyspicy.net/ Charlie

    These balls sound absolutely delicious!
    Congrats on the 100th post!! :)

  • http://agirlandhercarrot.wordpress.com Jen (A Girl and Her Carrot)

    Hi Trish!
    I’m pretty sure we have the same brain and taste for food! Anyway, I’ve nominated you for the Stylish blog award! Here’s the link: http://wp.me/p15ytG-nR

    Have fun and Enjoy!

    Jen

  • http://anecdotesandapples.weebly.com Monet

    Yes! Congratulations on 100 posts! What an accomplishment. I love these easy and delicious cherry date balls. They remind me of my favorite treat–Lara bars! Thank you for sharing and for always leaving such kind words on my blog. I hope you have a safe and warm day. It’s cold here!

  • http://swankydietitian.com Kristen (swanky dietitian)

    Congrats on your 100th post!!
    I love dates..they are soo delicious! These date balls sounds right up my alley! yum!! Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.kankanasaxena.net Kankana

    What a way to celebrate your 100th post:) Yummylicious!!!

  • http://www.sprinklesofparsley.com Sprinkles of Parsley

    Congrats on your 100th post!!! Sigh of relief- phew! You’ve made it so far! I think that’ll be my reaction if I ever get there! haha. Your no-bake date balls look beautiful!! Love the Frigidaire Kids Cooking Academy- such an amazing cause leading people in a healthy direction!

  • http://www.bakingwithoutabox.com Amanda @ bakingwithoutabox

    These are amazing! Not just for kiddos either. My hubs would love these. Great flavors. Though I think we’ll have to do the mini balls. :)

  • http://www.fakefoodfree.com Lori@FakeFoodFree

    These look beautiful! I don’t use dates much, but I’ve been wanting to make something like this for a while. The perfect answer to expensive bars out on the market and a great snack for running. Congrats on your 100th post!

    • http://dishbytrish.com Trish

      Those energy bars are expensive, aren’t they? This recipe is perfect for bars as well. You can just flatten them out and probably get about 8-10 bars out of them. Thanks for reading. Lori :-)

  • http://cilantropist.blogspot.com The Cilantropist

    Ok this does sound really awesome.. and not just for kids, I want one! I just submitted a recipe for the Make time for Change/frigidaire program too, and this looks perfect for the task, absolutely kid-friendly! Congrats on foodbuzz top 9 today! :D

  • http://www.meltingbutter.com jenny @ meltingbutter

    congrats on your 100th post! I’m still on 35 and 100 seems momentous to me! they look delicious and I want one! :)

  • http://gourmandeinthekitchen.com Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen

    Congratulations on your 100th post, that a wonderful achievement! I love these little date balls. I think they would make a great snack for adults too, like a mini version of a Lara bar

  • http://www.earlymorningrun.blogspot.com lisa @ early morning run

    Love this! I have to try it this weekend. I have a 5lb box of dried cherries that my parents sent to us from Michigan and this would be a great treat to use some of them for!

    • http://aspicyperspective.com Sommer@ASpicyPerspective

      They look like truffles, but healthy! Sensational dish Trish, can’t wait to try them!

  • http://mytastyhandbook.com Adelina

    Contrats on your big milestone!!! What a fun idea! I would love try them out with my kids.

  • http://hihorosie.blogspot.com hihorosie

    Congrats on your 100th post! I’m new here, came by way of foodbuzz – congrats again on top 9 (#1)! And with these lovely gems it’s no wonder! They look great. I hope to make some soon after I pick up a few ingredients. Thanks for sharing a wonderful treat!

  • http://freshandfoodie.com Fresh and Foodie

    Congrats! 100 posts is quite an accomplishment! I love this recipe and will be trying it soon. Thanks for sharing.

  • http://mybflikeitsoimbg.blogspot.com Peggy

    Great job with the cause! Love these little balls! And congrats on your 100th post!

  • http://spiciefoodie.blogspot.com/ Nancy aka SpicieFoodie

    Congratulations on your 100 post! This recipe sounds amazing, I can’t wait to try it.I love how healthy it is, and that the only sweetness comes from the dates-perfect. Congrats on the top 9 too!

  • http://livlifetoo.blogspot.com/ Kim – Liv Life

    Happy 100th post, Trish!! And you did it in a big way, Congrats on the Top 9 on these perfect little bites. We have a stand at our local Farmer’s Market that sells dates, but I’m never really sure what to do with them. I will pick some up this weekend!

    • http://dishbytrish.com Trish

      Yum, I love dates. In addition to these date balls, I use pieces of them in place of raisins so I might add some my curry dishes or in granola or yogurt. Try it out. Thanks for reading, Kim!

  • http://joylicious.net Joy

    Trish these look great — my mom loves dates so this recipe made me think of her. Next time she comes back to the states I will make tehse for sure, thanks for the recipe :) !

  • http://www.authenticsuburbangourmet.blogspot.com Lisa { AuthenticSuburbanGourmet }

    Congrats on the 100th post! These look so easy and SO tasty! I really enjoy your blog and all of the recipes. Glad to have met you in person and hope to see you soon. :-)

  • http://www.indiencooking.blogspot.com Suchitra

    Congrats Trish! really good- love your blog posts…keep inspiring!

  • http://www.nutritionistreviews.com Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews

    Great blog! I am now a follower. I have my bachelor’s degree in dietetics and am applying to internships right now!

  • http://www.familyspice.com Laura @ Family Spice

    Those sound delicious!! Who cares about the kids?!!

  • http://phdstrides.com Elise

    happy 100th post! its quite the accomplishment!

    and if you have any no-bake cherry date balls, i will be more than happy to take them off your hands…i’d even drive over the hill for them ;)

  • http://www.theculturaldish.blogspot.com Elyse

    Trish, I absolutely love your blog and am giving you a stylish blogger award (although I’m sure you have received several before)! http://theculturaldish.blogspot.com/2011/02/cocktails-with-award.html

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