Coconut Pecan Date Rolls

When we go to the movie theater, we often stop by Whole Foods first for some date rolls.

They’re a favorite of our boys, and they know exactly where to find them at the store. If they start asking for processed foods while we shop, we often say “if you’re super helpful and well behaved, maybe we can get some date rolls before we leave.”

They’re the perfect snack alternative over candy! Just sweet enough, just crunchy enough. The boys loved them so much, it seemed silly to spend 5 dollars for a few rolls when they are simple enough to make ourselves. And super simple they are!

Keep in mind, although they’ll be fine at room temperature, if these last more than a couple days (ha!) they really should be refrigerated.

Coconut Pecan Date Rolls


12 fresh (soft) dates, seeded
1/2 C pecans, chopped
1 C shredded coconut


  1. ♥ In food processor, pulse dates, pecans and half the coconut (1/2 cup) until a paste forms
  2. ♥ Shape date mixture into oval marshmallow-like shapes
  3. ♥ Roll in bowl with remaining coconut

Fair Warning: These are highly addictive

Makes 7 rolls… or however you choose to “size” them. What a fantastic snack your kids can practically make by themselves (with your supervision)! Remember, steps marked with ♥ are steps your little assistants can help you with!

Dates get a bad wrap for being high in sugar. But for an active kid, they’re a healthy snack. Consider this, dates are packed with nutrients: fiber, iron, potassium, vitamins A, B-6 and K and even minerals like calcium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. Read more about why they’re our family’s sweetener of choice here.


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  • Anitra Sweet

    wow! these look amazing and i have all the ingredients on hand! love when that happens!

  • We make similar treats often.  They are so easy and everyone likes them!  We have made them before with half dates and half dried cherries and added a bit of cocoa powder to make chocolate cherry treats.  Yum!  

    • We love them too! Cherries and chocolate are a great combination and I think I’ll try that next time.

  • I am making these ASAP! I’ve been looking for a treat to make with dates since they became my hubby’s favorite sweet. (That is a big deal for a former Coca Cola addict!)
    Thank you both so much for your blog, for all the resources and recipes and tips. Your family is an inspiration to me. With you guys ahead of us leading the way, I’m confident that my hubs and I can raise our daughter Paleo without sacrificing the fun family memories that have food involved. (I suppose we’ve got some time to work it out- she’s just starting solids since she turned six months yesterday). Thanks again 🙂

    • Thank you so much!  Good luck with your journey and we’re very proud to have inspired you!

  • These look like a fantastic sweet snack solution! 

  • Tina Brenize

    Do you buy your dates pitted or do you de-pit them yourself? I’m having a hard time finding organic pitted dates. 

    •  Pitting dates is a perfect job for little sous chefs!

      • Tina Brenize

        Oooh, I like the way you think 🙂 

        • Tina B.

          We finally made these today….and ate them…. before breakfast!   Shhh…don’t tell anyone 🙂  They were a huge hit. And the kids LOVED being achaeologists and digging for seeds 🙂 Now off to go cook some protein.

  • I see this recipe was posted a while back but I just discovered and can’t wait to run home and make these. I’ve been Paleo for about 3 months now and love it….but sometimes I have a craving for something sweet. I love dates – so this will fill the bill!

  • Redsnapperuk

    My 8.5 year old daughter has just made these and she is pretty proud of her achievements.  They look amazing and taste even better!!!  I am sure her baby brother and sister will love them too.  Thanks for this wonderful recipe!

  • JDM2012

    I may be overlooking it but where is the nutritional information on these? I really would like to know #calories, carbs, fiber, etc Someone Help? 🙂

    • There are many sites out there that will do that calculation from the ingredients. Try fitday.com and good luck!

  • dazey

    how do you print this?

    • We don’t have print-friendly for just the recipe… that’s what our cook book is for 🙂

  • Nelly

    I absolutely loved these! I made half of a batch to try them and I should have instead DOUBLED it!! Thank you for sharing!

  • Marilyn S

    Yay! I buy something very much like these but would rather make my own…even if they do look like something that fell out of the litterbox! lol… Thanks!

  • I don’t have any pecans, but have raw cashews and almonds. Would that be a good substitute?