Chocolate Date Rum Ball Treats

These are gluten free and not exactly keto as they have dates, but no sugar added and I used keto chocolate to dip them in. Delicious holiday treats. Big thanks to my Sister who found the base recipe I could work with!

Lastly, I have newfound respect for chocolatiers, as wow, I have never made chocolate sweet treats before. It was a learning experience!

Summary: soften chopped dates in butter, rum and fresh fresh orange juice, add to processed dry ingredients. Form into balls, roll in pistachio and coconut – or either; refrigerate while melting chocolate then cover with chocolate and store in fridge.

Chocolate Date Rum Balls


  • 2 cups dates, chopped (about 30 dates/8 oz)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted on stove
  • 4 tblsp orange juice
  • Zest of orange
  • 4 tblsp rum (I only had whisky so used that)
  • 2 cups almond flour
  • 4 tblsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp Himalayan ground salt
  • 1/2 cup ground pistachio
  • 1/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
  • 8 oz keto chocolate (I used 3 bars Lily’s Dark Chocolate Orange 2.8 oz each bar)


  1. Melt butter on stove gently
  2. Add chopped dates and stir while softening in butter
  3. Add orange juice, zest and rum or rum essence for alcohol free, to date mix
  4. Meanwhile, if you’re using pistachios, grind pistachio nuts in processor and place in separate bowl (you will need this later to roll the balls in)
  5. In food processor blend almond flour, cocoa, cardamom and salt
  6. When dates are softened add to processed dry ingredients until a ball forms
  7. Roll tablespoons of dates or make larger ones if you like (I rolled larger ones but I think smaller is better) in your hands, you can oil your hands with nut oil to make it easier if you like (I used pecan oil)
  8. Roll into ground pistachio or pistachio and shredded coconut mix, or just the coconut if that’s all you have, it’s perfect too!
  9. Refrigerate balls or place in freezer until nicely chilled
  10. Melt chocolate bars in a double boiler or bowl over a simmering pot of water
  11. When balls are chilled roll in chocolate
  12. Tip: I used a kebab stick and speared the balls and dipped them in the melted chocolate
  13. Place on baking tray lined with parchment paper
  14. Pop into fridge to chill
  15. Store in fridge
  16. Enjoy … and Happy Holidays!