Almond Date Coco Balls

These almond date coco balls are another remember-mom “cookie” for me. Her’s had rum, these don’t. But Something very similar usually made it to the holidays at 601 West St. You’ll need a food processor for this one. (or be glad you have one: mom did this all without.)

These are high in sugar due to the dates. The combination of dried fruit and nuts makes it high in calories too. It’s natural sugar, yes, but your body doesn’t know the difference. So the best time to enjoy them is after a meal, and sparingly.


  • 2 1/2 cups pitted Medjool Dates
  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1/2 cup Flipping 50 Vanilla Protein Powder (or similar clean protein)
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup flaxseeds
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt


Combine almonds and 1 tablespoon Protein Powder in a food processor. Pulse until the almonds are coarsely ground. Add the pitted Medjool dates, protein powder, 1/2 cup of the coconut, cocoa powder, flax seeds, almond extract, and sea salt to food processor. Pulse to combine, until the mixture is sticky and blended. Roll about 2 T into balls for each. Roll each ball in coconut to coat.

Holiday Traditions

Our Christmas Eve tradition was always oyster stew (and cookies). We’d always have that before going to Christmas Eve service, or two. We often did one Christmas Eve service with my stepdad’s sister and mother, Granny at the Presbyterian church. Then we’d do the candlelight service at our Methodist Church. Often either my brother or I were involved in the service as a part of  the youth group. Standing around that church in a circle with our candles singing Silent Night is one of my favorite memories of growing up in a small town. Literally every one of those people glowing from the light of their candles was involved in my life somehow. The wonder of a small town existence.

It actually brought tears to my eyes at times realizing that not all my Christmas’ would include this tradition. Such a great memory. I’ve been in that church for baptism, confirmation, “lock ins” for youth group, my wedding, funerals – very soon for both my parents, and countless friends of the family. I haven’t thought about that memory of the candlelight service for a long time. It’s a good one. Another thing for which I have my mother to thank.

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