Pour the shredded coconut into a food processor and process on medium speed until you end up with coconut butter. This will take quite awhile (10-15 minutes).
When it starts to get mostly smooth, add in some dates. If you add in too many, it can get very difficult to form the balls.
Process for long enough to get a mixture that can be shaped into balls.
Either roll the mix into balls, or push into silicone candy molds or small ice cube trays. When using molds, placing them in the freezer allows them to harden enough to easily remove them.
Pop your coconut bites out of your molds.
If you're dates are quite dry and you are having a hard time getting a decent consistency for making balls, soaking them for a little while before adding them should help the process quite a bit. The only drawback is that once you incorporate moisture into the recipe, it won't keep for as long. With soaked dates, I'd suggest storing the finished balls in the fridge, and I'm not really sure how long they last.
Recipe printed from Oh, The Things We'll Make! Blog. https://thethingswellmake.com/coconut-date-balls/