Spooky Balls

Spooky balls were born around Halloween when I wanted our boys to have some healthy and fun alternative to processed sweets. At first, they weren't sweet enough to do the trick, so I added a bit of date syrup and created scary looking mouths everyone loves!

Prep Time: 10 min

Cooking Time:

Makes 8 - 12 balls depending on the size


  • 0.5 cup cashews soaked in almond milk (so they are covered)
  • 4 tbs dark cocoa nibs (optional)
  • 2 ripened bananas (with brown spots on the skin, medium size)
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavour
  • 1.5 cup quick cooking oats
  • 0.25 – 0.5 cup jumbo oats
  • Date syrup as needed


Process bananas, cashews with almond milk and vanilla flavour in a food processor until smooth.

Put oats and cocoa nibs into a bowl and mix them well together with the wet mixture. If it’s a bit too wet, add more oats. The mixture should allow you to form balls easily. They can be sticky as they’ll harden in the fridge but they should hold well together.

Form small balls and put them in the fridge for a couple of hours. (You can even stick them in the freezer for 30 min to speed the process up)

Take the balls out of the fridge, then take one at a time and squeeze it between your thumb and pointy finger to create a small whole (like a valley) inside the ball. Fill that with some date syrup and enjoy either right away or put the balls back into the fridge to solidify even more. 

Tip: When you taste the mixture and it’s not sweet enough just add 1 tbs of date syrup and mix