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4 Ingredient Gluten Free Vegan Date Balls

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Adi Klinghofer – @adikosh_123
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Super easy vegan date balls that are deliciously gluten free!

INGREDIENTS
 

  • 8 dates, pitted and halved
  • 2 cups/200 grams almond flour
  • 4 heaped tablespoons cacao powder
  • 4 tablespoons date syrup
  • Coconut flakes, optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Soak the dates in boiling water for about 10 minutes until softened.
  • Place all the ingredients in a food processor and blend until combined.
  • Roll the mixture into about 25 balls, then coat them with coconut flakes.
  • Store the date balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.
  • Tip: You can add raw tahini or natural peanut butter for extra flavor.

MY NOTES

vegan date balls recipe
Credit: Adi Klinghofer – @adikosh_123

Can I use a different type of gluten free flour?

Yes, you can use a different type of gluten free flour in your vegan date balls recipe. Coconut flour, oat flour, or sunflower seed flour are good alternatives. Keep in mind that each type of flour has different absorption properties and flavors, which may affect the texture and taste of your date balls. You might need to adjust the quantities slightly and possibly add a bit of liquid if the mixture is too dry.

vegan date balls recipe
Credit: Adi Klinghofer – @adikosh_123

How long do these vegan date balls last in the fridge?

The vegan date balls can last up to one week when stored in an airtight container in the fridge. This ensures they remain fresh and maintain their texture. Keeping them refrigerated helps prevent the growth of bacteria and preserves their flavor. If you plan to keep them longer, consider freezing them. In the freezer, date balls can last up to a month. When ready to eat, simply thaw them in the fridge for a few hours before serving.

vegan date balls recipe
Credit: Adi Klinghofer – @adikosh_123

Can I freeze the vegan date balls for longer storage?

Place the vegan date balls in an airtight container or a freezer-safe bag to prevent freezer burn. In the freezer, date balls can last up to one month. When you want to enjoy them, simply transfer the desired amount to the fridge and let them thaw for a few hours or overnight. Freezing date balls is a great way to have a healthy, convenient snack ready whenever you need it.

vegan date balls recipe
Credit: Adi Klinghofer – @adikosh_123

What can I use as a substitute for date syrup?

If you don’t have date syrup, you can use several substitutes in your date balls recipe. Maple syrup, agave nectar, or honey (if not strictly vegan) are great alternatives that provide similar sweetness and consistency. Molasses or brown rice syrup can also work, though they have stronger flavors. Choose a substitute based on your taste preference and dietary needs. Adjust the amount slightly to achieve the desired sweetness and consistency in your date balls.

vegan date balls recipe
Credit: Adi Klinghofer – @adikosh_123

Are these vegan date balls suitable for a paleo diet?

These vegan date balls are not strictly Paleo due to the use of almond flour, which is technically allowed on a Paleo diet, but the inclusion of sweeteners and specific ingredients may vary based on individual Paleo interpretations. However, you can easily adapt the recipe to be Paleo-friendly by using ingredients like coconut flour instead of almond flour and substituting the date syrup with raw honey or a Paleo-approved sweetener. Always check ingredient lists to ensure they meet your Paleo diet guidelines.

vegan date balls recipe
Credit: Adi Klinghofer – @adikosh_123

Can I add protein powder to this recipe?

Yes, you can add protein powder to this vegan date balls recipe for an extra protein boost. Simply mix in 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein powder with the other ingredients in the food processor. You may need to adjust the amount of date syrup or liquid in the recipe to maintain the right texture and consistency. Adding protein powder is a great way to enhance the nutritional value of your date balls, making them a more filling and energizing snack.

vegan date balls recipe
Credit: Adi Klinghofer – @adikosh_123

How many calories are in each date ball?

Each date ball typically contains around 70-80 calories, though this can vary based on the specific ingredients and portion sizes used. The calories primarily come from the dates and almond flour, which are both nutrient-dense. To get a more accurate calorie count, calculate the total calories for all ingredients and divide by the number of vegan date balls you make. For precise nutritional information, you can use a calorie calculator or app based on your exact recipe and ingredients.

vegan date balls recipe
Credit: Adi Klinghofer – @adikosh_123

Can I make this recipe without a food processor?

Yes, simply mash the dates with a fork until smooth, then mix in the other ingredients by hand or with a spoon. You can also use a blender to achieve the desired consistency. If the mixture is too dry, add a bit of water or more date syrup to help bind everything together. While it might take a bit more effort, it’s definitely possible to make these date balls without a food processor.

vegan date balls recipe
Credit: Adi Klinghofer – @adikosh_123

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