• 1 1/4 cups packed pitted medjool dates (measured after pits removed)
  • 1 1/4 cups raw walnuts
  • 1 1/3 cups almond flour (or sub almond meal, but the cake flavor is more pronounced with flour)
  • pinch sea salt
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Finely shredded unsweetened coconut (for rolling)


  • Add pitted dates to a food processor and mix until small bits remain or a ball forms. Remove from the food processor and set aside.
  • To the food processor, add the walnuts, almond flour, and sea salt. Blend until a semi-fine meal is achieved. Add dates back in (in bite-sized pieces) as well as the vanilla extract. Pulse until a loose dough forms. Be careful not to over-blend. You’re looking for a pliable dough, not a purée.
  • Scoop out 2-Tablespoon amounts and roll into balls with hands and place directly on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Repeat until all dough is used up. 
  • Roll in finely shredded coconut or leave as is. Store in refrigerator or freezer. Will keep in the refrigerator up to 1 week or in the freezer up to 1 month. You could also press the “dough” into a loaf or 8×8-inch cake pan and slice into bars.

Thank you to Minimalist Baker for this amazing recipe

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