Nutrition Festive Chocolate Date Balls

Festive Chocolate Date Balls

By: Alyssa Geffen

This time of year is filled with indulgent meals with family and friends. But just because it’s the holidays, doesn’t mean you need to sabotage all your training and clean eating. That’s why I love coming up with healthy desserts to satisfy my sweet tooth without loading up on calories.

I love eating chocolate, and these Chocolate Date Balls do not disappoint. I even find myself craving them – they’re that good. And by adding hemp seeds, they’re packed with tons of amazing plant based protein.

These balls are also the perfect dessert to serve at your next holiday dinner. Add your favourite festive toppings like coconut flakes, matcha powder or dried cranberries, and you’ll be sure to impress your guests. Not to mention, they’re incredibly easy to make. So if you’re prepping for a big holiday dinner, you won’t waste any time in the kitchen. The only hard part is trying not to eat them all before your guests arrive.


-12 medjool dates (take out the pits before using them)

-10 pecans

-1/4 cup hemp seeds

– 1 Tbsp raw cacao powder

-1 Tbsp maple syrup

Optional toppings

-coconut flakes

-matcha powder

– cranberries

– crushed pistachios

Place pecans in your food processor. Blend for 15 seconds until chopped and starting to turn into crumbs. Then add the remaining ingredients. Blend for about 1 minute until a dough is formed. Using your hands, roll the mixture into little balls. Choose your toppings, and roll the balls in them. Set aside in the fridge until serving.


Alyssa Geffen is the creator of The Running Kitchen @therunningkitchen.