Rum and Almond Date Balls

These soft and crunch rum and almond date balls are the perfect way to end a dinner party. Healthy and very tasty, the addition of spiced rum quickly transports me to an exotic island in the sun.

Rum and Almond Date Balls

Serving Size: 4-6

Rum and Almond Date Balls


  • 250g pitted dates
  • 2 tablespoon of coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoon of toasted almond flakes, lightly crushed
  • 1 - 2 tablespoon of good quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon all spice powder
  • a good glug of spiced rum (optional)
  • 4 tablespoon of desiccated coconut


  1. Place all of the above ingredients, except for the desiccated coconut into a food processor and whizz until you get a smooth paste. You may need to add more oil to get the right texture.
  2. Using the palm of your hands, take a tablespoon of the date mixture and roll into a ball. Repeat until you have used up all the paste. These make approximately 12, depending on how big or small you shape the balls.
  3. Place desiccated coconut in a small bowl. Take one of the round date balls and roll it around the desiccated coconut until fully covered. Repeat.
  4. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes to firm up.
  5. Store in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to eat. They should keep for at least 2-3 weeks.
I am submitting these to this month’s Dead Easy Desserts Challenge, which is currently hosted by me and on behalf of Sarah at Maison Cupcake.




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  • Posted May 15, 2014


    Hi Tina, oh these look tasty, love dates in little sweets like this. Delicious!

  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Jac -Tinned Tomatoes (@tinnedtoms)

    Those sound wonderful and I love the addition of rum.

  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Food Ren (@RenBehan)

    A lovely quick recipe to try – thanks Tina

  • Posted May 16, 2014


    These date balls are just brilliant Tina. I’ve made quite a few. So easy and delicious and healthy too.

  • Posted May 16, 2014

    Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Yum! I make something very similar, and I love raw desserts, but loving the addition of rum to these.

  • Posted May 16, 2014

    I’ve been given something like this on bootcamp (but without the rum). Yours look so much nicer!

  • Posted May 18, 2014

    Janice @FarmersgirlCook

    ooh how very lovely, great healthy sweets.

  • Posted May 19, 2014

    Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    I don’t like dates by themselves but with other things on they are fab. Love your easy looking desserts.

  • Posted May 30, 2014


    Mmmmm nom nom! I bet I wouldn’t be able to stop at eating just one of these! 🙂

  • Posted June 18, 2014

    Deena Kakaya

    Tina, I am so impressed at how even and round these beauties look! I don’t consumer alcohol, what do you think I could use instead? Do you think orange water would work? x

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  • Posted June 25, 2014

    Sarah, Maison Cupcake

    These look so pretty and I bet they taste wonderful. Thanks for being a brilliant host, I have finally published the round up and announced new event theme today.

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  • Posted January 17, 2015


    Oh my goodness, I love this!

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