Umami Recipes
Umami Recipes

Mexican Hot Chocolate Date Balls {Vegan, Paleo}

34 servings


10 minutes

active time

10 minutes

total time


1 cup unsalted cashews

11 oz or 15-18 Medjool dates, pitted (double the number if you use smaller deglet or other small varieties)

2 Tbsp cocoa powder

1/4 tsp mild chili powder

1 tsp cinnamon

tiny pinch cayenne pepper ((less than 1/8 tsp))

1 teaspoon instant coffee

5 - 10 prunes (optional)

1 tsp pure vanilla extract


Pulse nuts in a food processor until the pieces are somewhat uniform in size. Some larger chunks may remain.

Add the dates, cocoa powder, and spices and process until most of the mixture is spinning in the processor in one lump.

Pinch off chunks of the mixture and roll into balls.


Check all the dates for pits and stem ends that didn't get removed.

Better to make smallish balls - about 1/2 tablespoon of mixture.

Optional: 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee

can use 1 teaspoon mexican chocolate spice mix instead of individual spices:

Prunes are my addtion - they add complexity, sweetness and softer texture - Beth


Serving Size

1 ball


78 kcal

Total Fat

3 g

Saturated Fat

.9 g

Unsaturated Fat


Trans Fat





3 mg

Total Carbohydrate

7 g

Dietary Fiber

4.1 g

Total Sugars

1.7 g


2 g

34 servings


10 minutes

active time

10 minutes

total time
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