Place unsweetened coconut in a food processor and process until it is quite fine, but not puréed or wet. Set aside in a bowl to be used later.
Add chocolate, almonds and oats in the bowl of the same food processor. Process for about 1 to 2 minutes, until mixture is quite fine. Add in chopped dates, seeds, coconut oil, vanilla and salt, and, if desired, zest from half an orange. Blend until mixture forms a ball.
Put mixture in an airtight container and refrigerate for 1 hour or overnight. Measure 1 tbsp of the mixture and roll into a ball. Roll each ball in the coconut until completely covered. Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
Nutrients per snowball: 143 calories, 10.8 g total fat (5.1 g saturated fat), 3.3 g protein, 10.4 g carbohydrates (2.3 g fibre, 4.7 g sugars), 5.3 mg sodium