Date, Almond, and Sesame Balls

Date, Almond, and Sesame Balls
Source: The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook/Diabetes Forecast. Recipe Credit: . Photo Credit: Photography by Eric Hinders, Food Styling by Skyler Myers, Art Direction by Haleigh Eason.


Although they look like elegant truffles, these sweet treats are packed with tons of healthy nutrients. Dates have been cultivated for more than 5,000 years. This recipe can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator for up to a week or in the freezer for up to a month.

Find this recipe and more in the second edition our best-selling cookbook, The Mediterranean Diabetes Cookbook. To order directly from the American Diabetes Association, click here.

This recipe featured in:

Diabetes Forecast Magazine


  • Prep time
    15 min
  • Servings
    36 Servings
  • Serving size
    1 ball
Nutrition Facts

Nutrition Facts

36 Servings

  • Serving Size
    1 ball
  • Amount per serving Calories 110

  • Total Fat 7g
    • Saturated Fat 1.5g
    • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol less than 5mg
  • Sodium 10mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 12g
    • Dietary Fiber 2g
    • Total Sugars 8g
  • Protein 3g
  • Potassium 150mg
  • Phosphorus 65mg

Choices/Exchanges: 1/2 Fruit, 1/2 Carbohydrate, 1 Fat



  • pitted dates
    1 lbs
  • butter (at room temperature)
    1/4 cup
  • water
    1/4 cup
  • blanched almonds
    1/2 lbs
  • vanilla extract
    1 tsp
  • ground cardamom
    1 tsp
  • ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp
  • sesame seeds (toasted)
    1 cup
  • ground flax seed
    2 tbsp


  1. Place the dates, butter, water, almonds, vanilla, cardamom, and cinnamon in a food processor. Pulse to form a smooth paste. Shape the dough into date-size balls.

  2. Spread the sesame seeds and flaxseed on a baking sheet. Roll the date balls in the seeds to coat. Arrange on a serving platter.