Date Energy Balls (Vegan, Paleo)


These little gems have been a lifesaver for me during this time that I like to call “nursing boot camp.” date energy balls in a small bowl

Thanks to my new sleep schedule, or lack thereof, I am up in the wee hours of the night nursing our little guy on demand–> which leaves me with a huge appetite!

And only one hand to feed myself.

These bite-sized treats are just what I need to power through these all-night sessions, giving me a burst of energy with a healthy dose of fat, fiber and carbohydrates. You can use any nut or seed combination you like in this type of snack, but I chose walnuts because of their high omega-3 fatty acid content, as well as their antioxidant and phytosterol content, which have been linked to a reduction in breast cancer. Paired with fiber-rich dates, which are thought to bring relief from constipation, heart problems, anemia and intestinal disorders, these treats are something I don’t mind eating after midnight! (Or at any other time of the day.)

I hope they prove to be helpful when you need a quick snack, too!

Date Energy Balls (Vegan, Paleo)
makes about 2 dozen

Ingredients:

2 cups walnuts, or other nut/seed of choice
1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
2 cups soft Medjool dates, pitted
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

In a large food processor fitted with an “S” blade, process the walnuts and coconut until crumbly. Add in the dates, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt and process again until a sticky, uniform batter is formed.making date energy balls in a food processor and putting them on a cookie sheet

 

Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons, then roll between your hands to form balls. Arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place in the freezer to set for at least an hour before serving. Store the balls in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for an even longer shelf life. (I prefer them frozen, myself!)

date energy balls in a small bowlFor a gourmet-looking truffle, you could also roll them in shredded coconut or cocoa powder before chilling!

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Date Energy Balls (Vegan, Paleo)
Prep Time
15 mins
Total Time
15 mins
 

A quick and easy treat, perfect for snacking!

Course: Snack
Servings: 24
Calories: 133 kcal
Author: Detoxinista.com
Ingredients
  • 2 cups walnuts , or other nut/seed of choice
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 2 cups soft Medjool dates , pitted
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a large food processor fitted with an "S" blade, process the walnuts and coconut until crumbly. Add in the dates, coconut oil, vanilla and sea salt and process again until a sticky, uniform batter is formed.
  2. Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons, then roll between your hands to form balls. Arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place in the freezer to set for at least an hour before serving. Store the balls in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for an even longer shelf life. (I prefer them frozen, myself!)
  3. For a gourmet-looking truffle, you could also roll them in shredded coconut or cocoa powder before chilling!

Substitution Notes:

  • This recipe is easily adaptable, so feel free to use any other combination of nuts and dried fruits that you like. The combinations are endless!

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Comments

Kimberly

I’ve made these multiple times, including occasions where I made them as food gifts for my boss! They are DELICIOUS! Thank you!!!

Nick

I’ve made them several ways:
Mixing Almonds, Pecans and Walnuts
Just Almonds
Almonds and Walnuts
Almonds and Pecans
Even added in 100% cacao chocolate

By far the best way to have these is….Mixing Almonds, Pecans and Walnuts and rolling them in coconut after formed into balls.

Excellent job on the recipe and I felt nothing needed to be changed! You’re an official date ball Rockstar!

Cathie

When I made these, I pressed them in a pan and let them get hard in the fridge. Then I cut them in small squares. I took them on a retreat and the ladies loved them! Yum!

Saum

I tried these over the weekend! Was simple and amazing! Thank you!

Tere

I’ve made these a couple times but just now read the introduction- I’m also using them for a midnight snack while nursing my newborn! Perfect satisfying but healthy treat for this hungry mommy. I like them with a combination of cashews and walnuts.

Andrea Plitz

I am wondering if anyone tried something other than walnuts. I have made them with walnuts and LOVE them, but not I need to make them “nut” free for my daughter to take to school. Any ideas on the best substitute? TIA.

Diane

Any ideas for substitute I can use for the coconut oil? Or can I omit it? Thanks!

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, you can omit it and just blend them longer until they stick together. Or, you can add a tiny splash of water to help them stick together. Water can make them “too sticky” really fast, so just be careful– I’d start with 1 teaspoon at a time, if you go that route.

      Diane

      Thank you! Can’t wait to try that.

      Diane

      Ok. I made these today, and they turned out awesome! I only had 1 cup of walnuts left on hand so had to substitute 1 cup of flaxseed meal. Then I simply omitted the coconut oil (used 1.5 tsp water) and rolled them in dark cocoa powder. My 3rd is now 2 mo old but my appetite is still insane! Just can’t seem to kick my nighttime snacking habit. Anyway, these should come in handy. Thanks for posting!

Leah

Thanks for the recipe! I made these today, following the recipe exactly except I used cashews. OMG. To die for. So creamy and tasty. And soooo easy!

Meg

SO delicious!! I made these with a mixture of walnuts, almonds and sliced almonds because I was low on nuts. Still turned out amazing. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

    Megan Gilmore

    I’m so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing what worked for you. 🙂

Cat

Thanks for this recipe! Love these–they’ve kept me going at work all week.

Amy P

I don’t know why (maybe because my house is 77* right now?), but when I was rolling the balls, coconut oil was literally squeezing out of the balls and dripping down. I’m sure they’ll firm up in the freezer thanks to the oil, but it does make them a little less portable if they warm up again. I think next time I’ll omit the coconut oil…I’ve made other date balls that haven’t included oil and they’ve been much less messy.

Also, if you know the weight of your dates that would be really helpful! I don’t know if you really packed in the dates or if they were in the measuring cup loosely.

    Megan Gilmore

    Yes, I’ve actually started omitting the coconut oil myself for this reason– I actually think that happens from over-mixing the batter, as it can get greasy even when you omit the coconut oil, but in my second cookbook I left out the coconut oil from the recipe because I now prefer it that way. (Many readers still prefer the “buttery-ness” that the coconut oil adds, though, so I’ve left it in this version.) In regards to measuring dates, I’ve put mine on the scale and one packed cup usually = 8 ounces by weight.

      Amy P

      Thanks for the reply! Next time I’ll weigh my dates – maybe I had fewer dates than you and that also contributed to the amount of oil released during shaping – who knows 🙂 I know I let the mixture process for quite a while (the 4 year old was in charge of the buttons haha!)

      I’ve gotten pretty addicted to my scale these days – I’m love to cook but I’m not one of those cooks who has a natural intuition for how things should look/feel/taste so using a scale assures me I’m getting similar results to the author of the recipe. Plus there’s the bonus of not having to wash all the measuring cups afterward 😉

Sylvia jones

insanely good.. they keep,me full for hours..
Passed this on to my family.. we fight over them..💞

Hazel Hummel

thanks so much for this recipe I have an old-time recipe called Date to like cookies it called for sugar and butter and the dates and an egg and cook it on the stove and then mix it with Rice Krispies and nuts but this is so much better thank you so much

Michal Gordon

Hi
Can’t wait to try… Just wanted to know re calorific intake.
Are they 130 cals each? Or for the whole lot?
Thanks

    Megan Gilmore

    If you make 24 balls from this recipe, they are 133 calories each. We often make them a little smaller, so we end up with more and then then each ball is lower in calories.

Shana Roozenboom

Ohhh my goodness! I love these! If they weren’t so caloric I would snack on them all day long! Thanks for sharing!

Tammy Georgine

I don’t have nor can I afford a food processor yet but I have a vita mix blender … could that possibly work ?! Please say yes ! LOl

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