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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 24
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 76.1
  • Total Fat: 5.2 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 20.1 mg
  • Total Carbs: 6.6 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.9 g
  • Protein: 2.2 g

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Coach Nicole's Cocoa-Nut Buddies

Submitted by: COACH_NICOLE
Coach Nicole's Cocoa-Nut Buddies

Introduction

These completely sugar-free treats with satisfy your sweet tooth without guilt! Peanut-free, gluten-free, sugar-free--and totally delicious. Just 75 calories each! These completely sugar-free treats with satisfy your sweet tooth without guilt! Peanut-free, gluten-free, sugar-free--and totally delicious. Just 75 calories each!
Number of Servings: 24

Ingredients

    1 1/2 cups roasted, unsalted almonds
    3/4 cup dates, pitted
    3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
    3 tsp vanilla extract
    1/4 tsp sea salt
    up to 1/4 cup water, divided
    1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut (optional)

Tips

Do not double or triple this recipe in a single batch--the food processor usually won't be able to mix much more than this amount successfully. To make more, it's best to make additional, separate batches.


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Directions

Place dates, almonds, cocoa powder, salt, vanilla and 1 Tbsp of water in a food processor
Pulse on/off for several rounds, approximately 30 seconds.
Pulse on/off for longer intervals for about a minute until mixture is mixed enough that it begins to stick together. (If it remains loose and unpacked, added water a little at a time between pulses to moisten.)
When thoroughly combined and "sticky," remove from processor. Roll into 1-inch balls and then roll through unsweetened coconut.
Serve.
Refrigerate for a week.

Serving Size: Makes 24 1-inch balls






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  • 12 of 19 people found this review helpful
    2-3 dates have around 27 grams of sugar. - 6/2/13

    Reply from COACH_NICOLE (6/12/13)
    That is naturally occurring fruit sugar, not added sugar.


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  • 8 of 9 people found this review helpful
    Seems like you could roll it in ground almonds or cocoa powder as well as coconut. - 7/27/12

    Reply from COACH_NICOLE (7/27/12)
    Great idea! Ya, the coconut is totally optional. These are easy to make, store and eat without rolling them in anything extra. I just add the coconut b/c I love it! :-)


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  • Incredible!
    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    oh, yummy........this is so easy.......well, in terms of easy and hard....it is...but I love it cause it tastes so good...and those dates and almonds are so good for us....:) - 6/2/13

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  • 6 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Plus they have almost 2 grams of fiber per ball, and low carb! - 9/2/12

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  • 5 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Looks good and I'm a fan of date and nut bars. However, to call this sugar free isn't exactly correct... Dates have sugar (glucose and fructose). They just don't contain sucrose. - 6/2/13

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  • Incredible!
    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
    Omg these are so yummy - thanks for the inspiration. Also a hit with my little girl. - 2/8/13

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  • 5 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I was curious if you had a suggestion as to what I could replace the dates with and still keep the calories down? - 2/7/13

    Reply from COACH_NICOLE (2/8/13)
    Actually the nuts are more caloric than the dates, so maybe use fewer nuts?


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  • Incredible!
    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
    Sounds really yummy! Is the coconut included in the nutritional info/calorie count? - 7/29/12

    Reply from COACH_NICOLE (7/30/12)
    Yes, coconut is included in the calories. It only adds 6 calories per ball.


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  • 4 of 12 people found this review helpful
    Sounds like sugar plums without the sugar. "While visions of cocoa-nut buddies danced in their heads..." I'm adding this to my holiday cookbook. - 10/22/12

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  • 3 of 9 people found this review helpful
    These sound soooo good, but as a diabetic, not so good.
    - 6/2/13

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  • 2 of 7 people found this review helpful
    These look so yummy!
    Is there something I can swap the dates for? I do not like them too much and do not have any on hand right now. - 6/2/13

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  • Good
    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
    Yummy - 4/23/13

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  • 2 of 8 people found this review helpful
    I gotta try these, I don't like dates but I can tolerate raisins...I already have pretty much everything I need to make these today. - 4/23/13

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  • 2 of 6 people found this review helpful
    Could you use protein powder in place of the cocoa? - 2/7/13

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  • 1 of 2 people found this review helpful
    dry indian shredded coconut without sugar can be used too! less sugar!
    - 8/4/13

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  • Good
    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    I found this recipe difficult to make. It was messy, I had a hard time getting them the right consistency and they looked terrible. I did like the taste though. - 6/22/13

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  • 1 of 4 people found this review helpful
    I'm going to try these. Though not 100% sugar free 1 ball has 4.1 grams of sugar from the Dates. For those questioning the nutritional information click on link for the nutritional breakdown below the Nutritional facts you can see it all. :) - 6/2/13

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  • Is there a printer friendly way to print this recipe? - 6/2/14

    Reply from COACH_NICOLE (6/2/14)
    You'll see a print button to the left of the recipe (in the vertical column).


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  • These are my new favorite on-the-go snack - especially for early mornings on the way to the gym or yoga class. I think the key is to make sure the almonds are roasted. It brings out the flavor and makes them easier to process. - 3/13/14

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  • Wow! - 2/23/14

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  • Sounds great - 2/17/14

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  • We make these all the time now for dessert. Yes, they still have a lot of sugar, but at least it's all coming from fruit. A great variation is to use carob powder instead of the cocoa. Also try rolling them in a mixture of cayenne and paprika. Makes a great treat for Christmas. - 2/13/14

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  • 0 of 1 people found this review helpful
    could I use prunes instead of dates? - 2/8/14

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  • So easy and so yummy. I'm not a fan of the ingredients by themselves but all rolled up into one they are delicious. My 4 year old boy thought they were great too. Didn't quite have enough almonds (only 1 cup) so i added a 1/2 cup of macadamias as well. - 12/15/13

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  • Very good! Chocolate fix
    I used raisins instead of dates! - 12/11/13

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