Cashew Cardamom Date Balls

Remember this time last year when I was OBSESSED with making all sorts of paleo ballzz? That would mean you have been following me since the very beginning of this blog and that would make me love you. If you don’t remember you can check some of them out: (Side note: Can you believe this thing has been around for almost a year!?)

Cinnamon Raisin Paleo Bites

Chocolate Chip Cashew Bites

Chocolate Crunch Protein Bites

Salty Cocoa Paleo Energy Bites

Yeah. I had a problem. And now it’s back. A couple of weeks ago, my mom and I went to this bakery in Columbus called Pattycake Bakery. They make everything with quality ingredients and do a lot of allergy-free stuff which is awesome. Although I do have to say we were a little disappointed with their customer service. Maybe it was just a bad day for the girl helping us. I really hope so. Because we ended up getting a lemon cupcake and it was amazing. I love lemon. But the real point of this story is that we also tried a Cashew Cardamom Date Ball. And it was also amazing. Which is obviously why I had to recreate it. Lucky for you! Now your taste buds can experience what mine experienced on that fine day. You’re welcome.

Today is Thursday which means sweet potato fry fiesta day with my Aunt Judi at our favorite spot, The Buckeye Hall of Fame Grille. We go there every. single. Thursday. The waiter even has my order memorized. It’s awesome. And obviously they have some of the best sweet potato fries around. They also have free complimentary chocolate chip cookies waiting for you at the door. No wonder we like it so much. We were practically throwing a fit last week when we couldn’t get a table because it was so crowded. Very mature of us.

Fun fact: Last weekend, one of the girls in the middle-school volleyball league I coach asked if I was 30. So there’s that.

Cashew Cardamom Date Balls

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  • Yield: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: snack


  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut coconut flakes


  1. Combine all ingredients besides coconut in a food processor and process until all ingredients are broken down and well combined (mixture should be crust-like, and stick when pressed together).
  2. Form into bite-sized balls.
  3. Roll in coconut flakes (Note: It may help to dab balls with water if you are having trouble getting the coconut to stick!)
  4. Enjoy!

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Comments: 7

  1. Linz @ Itz Linz March 27, 2014 at 8:44 am Reply

    i love anything and everything with dates in them! yum!

  2. Anele @ Success Along the Weigh March 27, 2014 at 9:17 am Reply

    Ooh, those look awesome!

    I can’t do the coconut shreds (I’m a weird texture person but the Mr would love the coconut) but I bet these would also be good with a quick roll in unsweetened cocoa. Oh hey, I think I have dates on hand now that I think of it. What a shame! ;-)

    • Jennifer December 13, 2014 at 12:55 am Reply


      The bakery I used to work in rolled them in crushed cashews instead of coconut. They were divine.

  3. Nikki April 4, 2014 at 3:04 pm Reply

    These sound wonderful! Did you use fresh dates or dried ones? I can’t seem to find fresh Medjool dates anywhere where I live :(

  4. Pille @ Nami-Nami December 27, 2014 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Taylor, are the cashews pre-soaked or just used as they’re sold in the shops?

    • Taylor December 27, 2014 at 1:41 pm Reply

      Just used as are! No need to soak :)

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