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Tomorrow is Earth Hour where people across the globe will be turning off their lights for one full hour (8:30-9:30pm) to help fight climate change and take a stand. I will of course be turning off the lights, and either head out for a nice walk or just sit and chat with J.P.

I wanted to create a tasty treat that I could munch on during that hour that requires zero energy to prepare. I thought of different snacks that I typically make, and came to the conclusion I more often than not use my food processor, even if it is to chop something. And, the reason is because it is faster, just plain easier and well- I am lazy. With that said, I got out a chopping knife and began creating.

Almond Date Balls



  • Take all the pits out of the dates.
  • Chop the dates up on a wooden cutting board.
  • Once they are chopped, place them in a mixing bowl and continue to mix them with a fork to create more of a paste.
  • Now take 1/2 or all the almonds depending how big your cutting board is, and being chopping. This could take a few minutes.
  • Add the chopped almonds to the dates.
  • Add the vanilla or almond extract and cinnamon to the dates and almonds and combine. You can use a fork, spoon or if you feel like getting a little dirty use your hands.
  • Once incorporated to your liking, take heaping scoops and shape into balls.
  • I put my in the freezer to firm them up, but you can eat as is or put in the fridge.

So, after reading how to make the almond date balls you are thinking- “I don’t like to chop.” (Of course, this can be made in the food processor, but that wouldn’t be any fun now would it?)

Boy- do I ever have an easy snack for you then.

Date Boats


  • 1 date
  • 4 almonds

4-step instructions

  • Cut date in half.
  • Take pit out of date.
  • Place 2 almonds in each date.
  • Put in mouth and chew.

Now wasn’t that the easiest snack prep ever?

What will you be eating during Earth Hour?

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46 Responses to Almond Date Balls

  1. Multi-Testing March 30, 2012 at 5:52 am #

    I’m not sure what we will do for Earth Hour…….you’ve got me thinking!

  2. ella March 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

    Yum… this is my kind of a treat! Love’em!

    Thanks for sharing them at my Potluck Party ;D

    ps. the earth hour always reminds me of the crazy blackout we had years ago – that should be an annual ‘event’ lol – we actually really enjoyed it ;D

  3. victoria March 30, 2012 at 2:17 pm #

    visiting via friendship friday…
    sadly, this is the first i’ve heard about earth hour…
    but i’ll be participating…
    i’m going to shop for almonds and dates…yummy :D

    • Good Girl Gone Green March 30, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

      Please let me know if you participle and what you do, Victoria! :)

    • YayCapitalism March 30, 2012 at 7:33 pm #

      And I am like, SO POSITIVELY CERTAIN that you will be able to find ***AaaaLL*** those ingredients grown LOCALLY, **NO***DOUBT**!

      Especially that FAIR TRADE, grown three blocks away in the vacant lot in the ghetto CHOCOLATE that didn’t take ANY RESOURCES whatsoever to process into cocoa powder.


  4. BethM@Under A Pile of Scrap! March 30, 2012 at 3:58 pm #

    These sure sound pretty tasty! Not sure about the Walmart in your area, but ours has dates in a box (purple) that are already chopped! Even easier and NO cleanup of tools.

  5. YayCapitalism March 30, 2012 at 7:18 pm #

    Soooo glad you are taking a “stance”…though I THINK you mean STAND, though both are a moot point with>>>

    IMPORTED DATES! Oh! What would AlGore say?

    IMPORTED CINNAMON! Oh! The Carbon footprint!

    IMPORTED CHOCOLATE! Oh! The UNFAIR trade of it all!

    Save your sanctimonious, do nothing, Limousine-Liberal-Symbolism-Over-Substance-Do Goodership and keep you lights on and read “The Wealth of Nations” by Adam Smith. You would be better served to use your hour learning why your Greenie bullish*t is an utter sham.

    Besides, I’m turing on EVERY INCANDESCENT BULB IN BOTH OF MY ENORMOUS HOUSES (though smaller than AlGore’s 10000 square foot Nashville MANSION AND his $9 million Montecito MANSION) AND A FEW FLASHLIGHTS JUST TO HONOR YOUR INCREDIBLE “SACRIFICE”.

    When AlGore starts flying coach and accepting his Peace Prizes via SKYPE, then I’ll give a d*mn about your ridiculous “cause”.

    • Good Girl Gone Green April 14, 2012 at 11:55 am #

      Just wanted to say my dates are from California, NOT IMPORTED! My raw chocolate is fair-trade and organic. I have to check about my cinnamon though.

  6. YayCapitalism March 30, 2012 at 7:28 pm #

    Oh…and I’ll be eating BEANS DURING **EARTH HOUR**, thank you very much.

    I <3 METHANE

  7. Grandma Bonnie March 31, 2012 at 3:06 pm #

    Just stopping by from the weekend hop. I like your recipe I am going to try it on my family. I usually make the date boats for my family during the holidays. Thanks for the recipe.

  8. Jenna @ Newlyweds April 1, 2012 at 12:11 pm #

    Oh these look delicious! I’ve tried a very simlar recipe and loved them, so very good. Thank you for sharing on Newlyweds recipe linky, please don’t forget to link back to my blog so others can join in too.

    I am pinning this recipe, feel free to follow me at

  9. Becca April 1, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I heard almonds are good for our health in many different ways. These look tasty. :)
    Following from the Sunday Social Follow

  10. Jules April 2, 2012 at 12:55 am #

    I think this is the PERFECT snack. I love both almonds and dates and must admit that in my meat eating days we used to wrap a slice of bacon around them and broil … now I will leave out the bacon, add in the spices and make into balls. GREAT IDEA!!! Thank you so much for caring about our earth and for sharing this!

    • Good Girl Gone Green April 5, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      LOL! In my meat eating days, I would have said yum. Not so much now…..:)

  11. Shiloh April 2, 2012 at 11:41 am #

    That looks really good! I need to work on eating more dates.

  12. Winnie April 2, 2012 at 3:43 pm #

    These are great!
    My Mom used to make similar date-balls but with small pieces of cookies. I’d love to try with almonds

  13. Maria April 2, 2012 at 10:36 pm #

    YUM these sound delicious! I LOVE dates!!!! These look amazing!

  14. Lori Popkewitz Alper April 3, 2012 at 3:57 pm #

    Dates and almonds are two of my favorites. If you make these for me I’ll eat them!

  15. Christine April 4, 2012 at 8:23 am #

    Those look Fab! For Earth Hour, I was actually at Girls’ Night with friends! We ended up shutting down all the light and unplugging the electronic devices, and lit candles! We just chatted, laughed, told stories and pretty much had wine and food by candlelight! :-)

  16. Sara April 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm #

    Yum! I so love dates.. Adding almond and cinnamon makes them just yummier! :D

  17. Amy April 5, 2012 at 10:20 pm #

    This may be one of the most perfect snacks! Thank you so much for linking up with me at Drab to Fab last week! Hope you’ll join me again with more of your great ideas!

    Have a great weekend :)


  18. Lisa @ Two Bears Farm April 6, 2012 at 6:48 am #

    These look similar to the energy balls I’ve been making lately, but they don’t have dates in them. They are tasty though!

  19. Nancy April 6, 2012 at 7:14 am #

    I love dates and nuts, so this would be a great snack! Thanks for the recipes.

  20. Betty Manousos April 8, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    wow, those look and sound so tasty!
    thans so much for sharing:)
    i’m drooling over them…now i’m hungry! i’m definitely doing this asap.

  21. All Natural Katie April 8, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    I have made a variation of date balls, but without almonds. I added cocoa powder and they were delicious. I will have to try with almonds.

  22. Lea H @ Nourishing Treasures April 8, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Thank you for your submission on Nourishing Treasures’ Make Your Own! Monday link-up.

    Check back later tonight when the new link-up is running to see if you were one of the top 3 featured posts! :)

  23. Michelle April 9, 2012 at 10:04 pm #

    Thank you so much for submitting these on Teagan’s Travels last week! I just marvel at your ability to make up something totally new. I am a disaster at that and yet these looks so delish! And thanks for making me aware of Earth Hour! I missed it and can’t say if we were truly outside but I am going to observe it tomorrow night instead after dinner by taking my little ones for a walk!

    Hope you’ll be able to join us with more inspiration in the linky party going on now

    Thanks, Michelle


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