chocolate covered dough balls

December 12, 2010

It’s official. I can’t stop ‘til I get enough — which might be never by the way.

Consider it a favor I did not give you this recipe yesterday because you may already have had 15-20 of these balls in your tummy like I do right now.

It hurts so good.

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I did probably the best thing I could have ever done recipe wise — combined two of my favorite things: chocolate and a Larabar type ball.

This could be bad (in a good way). Consider these my fall balls on crack.

Chocolate Covered Dough Balls

  • 1 cup vegan semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 6 dates, pitted
  • 3/4 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 1 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp. agave nectar
  • 3 tbsp. apple sauce, unsweetened

Directions: Grind almonds and pecans in a food processor until fine like flour. Add coconut and dates and pulse until smooth (kind of).

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Add your sweeteners and pulse until a large ball of dough forms. Get down and dirty and use your hands to form about 35 dough balls. Place on a greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 for 8 minutes.

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I could have stopped right here — these balls could have been good all by themselves. I even popped 2 or 3 of them in my mouth at this point just to make sure.

Luckily for you all, I like to go big or go home.

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Melt 1 cup semi sweet vegan chocolate chips in the microwave. Microwave for 30 seconds, stir, then continue that process until chocolate has melted (it will take about 2 minutes). Roll each dough ball in the chocolate, put on wax paper, and stick in the freezer to set (about 30 minutes)

Paula Deen ain’t  got nothin’ on my balls.

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I suppose all of you can thank your lucky stars you are about to start a work week, so you will not have free time to continually pop these into your mouth every single time you go into the kitchen. What you could do is make sure they’re out of sight by putting them in the back of the freezer where you hope to “forget” about them until the Holidays come around.

Too bad I’ve already done that. No such luck. I’m going to just accept this addiction. You know what they say  anyways — keep on with the force, don’t stop ‘til you get enough.

Michael Jackson would be proud.

Question: How can I stop eating these balls?

{ 53 comments… read them below or add one }

runyogarepeat December 12, 2010 at 7:29 pm

Just send the extras to all your blog readers! We’ll eat them for you :)


Lisa December 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Hahhahahah thats so funny “Paula deen’s got nothing on my balls!”

Answer to your question: Eat them all. Then there wont be any left.


Lauren December 12, 2010 at 8:40 pm

I was going to suggest the same thing! Or just mail them to me, please!


Jess December 12, 2010 at 7:30 pm

Those look amazingggg


Di @ December 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm

If they taste half as good as they look, I can see how it would be hard to stop eating them. :)


anotherhealthyhabit December 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Answer: I hope to find out soon! Chocolate balls will be my end-of semester treat! mmmmm!!


Averie (LoveVeggiesandYoga) December 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm

Oh I love your balls! Dipped in chocolate, even better! I have an entire Ball Recipes arsenal and the only way I have ever found to stop eating them is to stop making them b/c those lil buggers can be highly addictive…haha!

I just re-read the recipe and noticed you bake yours. Ive never baked any of mine. But I have frozen them…for like 6 mos at a time and forgotten about some batches, and they un-freeze, just fine!


cleaneatingchelsey December 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I usually don’t bake them, but I figured they would hold up better – and they do! Last time I baked them longer at a lower heat, but this time I already had something in the oven, so just threw it in along with it! :)


Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons December 12, 2010 at 7:49 pm

I want to make these!! I was at a party the other night and someone made rice krispy + peanut butter balls and I had to pull myself away before I ate the whole tray! omg and yours with the dates? ahhhhwesome


Liz @ Blog is the New Black December 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I made cookie dough truffles this weekend- kind of the same thing! :O)


Katy @ A Healthy Shot December 12, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Ummmm ok I will be making these asap :)


thefitacademic December 12, 2010 at 8:32 pm

omg, these look AMAZING! And you’re right – thank jesus I won’t have time to make any anytime soon b/c I just KNOW I wouldn’t be able to stop myself from constantly popping one every time I see them!


Amy @ Second City Randomness December 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm

I want to make a bunch of balls jokes, but I just can’t… I overdid it with too many last night! he he he…

And yes, they’re like crack. I’m going through my cake bites at an alarming rate!


cleaneatingchelsey December 13, 2010 at 5:56 am

I was hoping for an innapropriate comment from you Amy!


Katie December 12, 2010 at 9:04 pm

I’ve tried that hide them in the back of the freezer trick too. Curse my good memory!! *shakes fist in the air*


lindsay December 12, 2010 at 9:07 pm

oh deliciousness! I’ve love the dates in there. I made some like that before but with fig and white chocolate. We must think alike. Happy baking friend!


cleaneatingchelsey December 13, 2010 at 6:30 am

Oh goodness – that sounds AMAZING!!


Meagan December 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm

One Word: YUM!


carascravings December 12, 2010 at 9:54 pm

Those choco balls are beauteous!
You could put them all in the freezer and
only take one out per day to enjoy…


cleaneatingchelsey December 13, 2010 at 6:30 am

They already are in the freezer!!!! :)


Heather @ Get Healthy With Heather December 12, 2010 at 10:09 pm

I must make! I love that you can just keep them in the freezer until it’s munching time.


simplynutritiouskate December 12, 2010 at 10:10 pm

those look soooo good. I must make them asap!


Mandiee December 12, 2010 at 10:57 pm

Well, if you want to hide them, you could always just conveniently lose them in the mail to me, of course ;) . Just kidding. Seriously, though, I recommend just enjoying them to your heart’s content. I can’t say I’d blame you because they look super delicious.

Have a lovely day!


movesnmunchies December 12, 2010 at 11:59 pm

AH GREAT IDEA to cover them in chocolate!!! I made these once, but next time I am doing the chocolate thangg!!


jen December 13, 2010 at 6:00 am

Yummm. Balls!
Good luck resisting their power!!!



Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin December 13, 2010 at 7:10 am

I think I would just give up on trying to restrain myself and just enjoy them! They look way too good to pass up. ;) I cannot WAIT to get home to my food processor so I can make these.


adventuresofpretendcook December 13, 2010 at 7:37 am

Those dough balls look delicious!


Ashlei December 13, 2010 at 8:17 am

Oh yummm! Those look so good! :)


pursuitofhealthfulness December 13, 2010 at 8:29 am

I’d take these over German’s chocolate cake ANY day!

Reply December 13, 2010 at 8:53 am

Don’t stop eating those!! They look absolutely amazing!!! Can I buy those from you???


cleaneatingchelsey December 13, 2010 at 9:43 am

bahaha no buying necessary!


Kate December 13, 2010 at 10:08 am

W-O-W. Homemade laraballs are already my favorite, but somehow it never occurred to me to cover them in chocolate. So decadent! I know what I’m making for dinner (er, dessert?) tonight.


Melissa @ I Never Imagined December 13, 2010 at 11:30 am

I know how you feel! I made dough balls last week and I gorged myself on them. Now I’m afraid to make more lest I turn into a dough ball myself!


lauravirginia December 13, 2010 at 12:51 pm

Oh my stars. Those look soooo good!


sweetoothrunner December 13, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Oh those look SO good! DON’T stop eating them, is the obvious solution! It’s what I’d do anyway! :P


kbwood December 13, 2010 at 1:40 pm

you need to stop eating them and SHARE WITH ME!!
hahah but seriously – these look aweeeeesome


Katie December 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm

these look sooooooooooooo good! I would be eating these all day too If I had these in my house! Yum!


Shannon @ Philadelphia Phitness Pharmacy December 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm

Those look so good. Wish i had more time for baking..


erica @ fashionmeetsfood December 13, 2010 at 4:22 pm

oh my word these look wonderful. I am definitely saving this and going to have to give it a try.



Emily @ For Sweets Sake December 13, 2010 at 4:35 pm

they look great! If you can’t find a way to stop eating them, I will be happy to help you out ;)


whatkateiscooking December 13, 2010 at 6:52 pm

Answer- send them to me :)


missymiller December 13, 2010 at 9:13 pm

I’d recommend to bring them to work…but I know how that works…people rave. Then you feel obligated to bring more…etc.

But yeah, early Christmad gifts might be a good idea! Wrap them in that festive colored saran wrap and some ribbon and boom.
Good for the fellow teachers, garbage men, mailmen…etc. Maybe when they are all wrapped up you can resist.


Allison @ PickyEatingRD December 14, 2010 at 10:56 am

Chocolate covered Lara bars whyyyy didn’t I ever think of that before.. yum!


cleaneatingchelsey December 15, 2010 at 6:28 am

Just say yes.


christina December 16, 2010 at 2:21 pm

i don’t know how or why you would want to stop eating those balls. i almost just tried to take one out of my screen!


Chocolate-Coated Runner March 24, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Ugh these look soo tasty! Wish I had a food processor in my dorm room…lol


Angela April 4, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I found these through – and I’ve already made them twice this week! I’m going to mention them on my blog, if that’s OK… but will link to your blog for the recipe. Thanks so much, these are a new household staple!


cleaneatingchelsey April 5, 2011 at 5:57 am

mention and link away! :)


all three August 23, 2011 at 1:22 am

Never thought of it that way.


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga December 17, 2011 at 8:28 am

And has it been a YEAR since this post…where did 2011 go??!!!

I see my comment (from Aruba….370 days ago….) wow…


Chardonnay October 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm

I tried making these tonight and my balls were too wet! I’m not sure what I did wrong! I measured everything correctly. When I went to roll the balls, the dough was way too wet and more balls ended up on my hands than in my mouth!


I only ended up with 15 balls in all. :( Any ideas on what I did wrong?!


Ann January 30, 2014 at 6:51 pm

I had the same problem when I made them today! Still delicious, but too wet. I looked over the recipe several times also and couldn’t figure out what I did wrong… hmm. I will definitely try again, they are SO good!


Dawn January 5, 2014 at 9:47 pm

Ok…ummmm these are AMAZING! WOW I just made them and am not sure how I’m going to keep them for my girls to eat tomorrow. I just drizzled some chocolate on top and I too only ended up with about 18 balls I think. I used my small scoop which is about 1″ I think…no worries they’re delish and I am grateful for the recipe. Thank you


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