Mama Rosa’s Date Nut Balls

Mama Rosa’s Date Nut Balls

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Nothing says Christmas like Mama Rosa’s Date Nut Balls. These crispy balls of juicy dates, tropical coconut, and chopped pecans, covered in powdered sugar.

I did not lie when I said you would not find holiday baking here. I said I wasn’t baking, but I didn’t say anything about David not getting into the Christmas spirit. 

David making Mama Rosa's Date Nut Balls

You see, David’s mama moved to Ohio last year. This will be the second Christmas that he hasn’t seen her at Christmas. He misses her a lot and it doesn’t feel like Christmas without her Date Nut Balls.

Last year, he called her up and got her recipe so he could make some. He has taken it upon himself to make them each Christmas so that he feels closer to his mama during the holiday season.

chopping pecans for date nut balls

How To Make Date Nut Balls:

First, mix the dates, butter, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan over low heat. Cook on low heat until dates are tender and mashed.

chopping dates
brown sugar, dates, butter in pot

Next, stir in the pecans and coconut. Mix well, then remove the mixture from heat. Stir in the Rice Krispies. Make sure the mixture is incorporated well. Allow the mixture to cool slightly, before rolling into balls.

mixture in pot ready to roll

Now, wet your hands (keeps the mixture from sticking) and make the mixture into balls quickly while the mixture is still warm. The balls should be about 1 1/2 to 2 inches in diameter; about 20 date nut balls.

date nut balls on plate ready for powdered sugar

Allow the date nut ball to cool completely. Finally, they are cool, roll in powdered sugar. 

For best results, refrigerate overnight before serving.

rolling the date nut balls in powdered sugar
placing date nut balls on serving plate
date nut balls with mountain sunset

This is what makes Christmas special; keeping memories alive and sharing them with others. This is what Christmas means to David. The family we got to see sure did enjoy them.

What treat makes Christmas, CHRISTMAS to you? Comment below!

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Mama Rosa’s Date Nut Balls

Nothing says Christmas like Mama Rosa’s Date Nut Balls. These crispy balls of juicy dates, tropical coconut, and chopped pecans, covered in powdered sugar.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Christmas Dessert, Date Nut Balls, Dates, Holiday Baking, Rice Krispies
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 date nut balls
Calories 192kcal


  • 8 ounce package whole dates pitted and chopped
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick)
  • 2 cups Rice Krispies cereal
  • 1 cup fine coconut sweetened
  • 1 cup light brown sugar not packed
  • 1 cup pecans chopped
  • ¼ cup powdered sugar to coat


  • Mix Dates, butter and brown sugar in a pot. Cook on low heat until dates are tender and mashed.
  • Add pecans and coconut. Remove from heat.
  • Add Rice Krispies. Stir well. Make balls quickly.
  • Cool and roll in powdered sugar. Refrigerate overnight.


Calories: 192kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 135mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 330IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1.3mg
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7 thoughts on “Mama Rosa’s Date Nut Balls”

  • Hi. I have a friend who’s late wife used to make these for him. This will be my first time making anything remotely like this! I want to surprise him with these as he’s been really incredible for me these past few years when I’ve needed a friend the most. He’s apparently addicted to this treat! 😆 I just wanted to clarify one thing….on the coconut, is that sweetened or unsweetened coconut? I really want to make sure these turn out perfectly! Thank you!

    • Hi Robin! You have a great question. We used sweetened coconut by Baker’s found in the baking aisle of the grocery store. I have updated the recipe to reflect the change. It is so nice of you to treat your friend. I hope he will enjoy the Date Nut Balls. Thanks so much for stopping by The Mountain Kitchen!

  • 5 stars
    This is the same recipe that I’ve used for years. Dromedary chopped dates was the brand name I have always used but they have stopped making this product. Could you tell me the brand name of dates that you use. I have had trouble in the past with dates not melting properly or has a off taste. Thanks so much.

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