These Date Energy Balls are a healthy snack that you can whip up in minutes. They call for just a handful of natural ingredients, and taste like cookie dough! Even my kids love them (which is saying something).
Note: I’ve recently updated these photos and have removed the coconut oil that this recipe originally called for. I don’t think it’s necessary, and at times made these Date Energy Balls too greasy, but if you miss the old version, simply add 1 to 2 tablespoons of coconut oil as desired, then roll into balls.
How to Make Date Energy Balls
To make these healthy date balls, all you need is a food processor and 5 ingredients. You’ll process the walnuts and shredded coconut in a food processor until crumbly, then add the dates, salt, and vanilla and process again.
The only thing to keep in mind when making this easy snack is that you don’t want to over-process this mixture. If you process the walnuts too long, they will release their natural oils and create a greasy result. As soon as the dough looks crumbly but sticks together when pressed between your fingers, stop processing the mixture and roll it into balls.
Healthy Snack for Breastfeeding Moms
These little gems are also a lifesaver for moms who are breastfeeding! When I was up in the wee hours of the night nursing my babies, I always had a huge appetite. These bite-sized treats are easy to grab and eat one-handed. (One-handed snacks are necessary for nursing moms, if you ask me.)
These bite-sized treats were just what I need to power through all-night sessions, giving me a burst of energy with a healthy dose of fat, fiber and carbohydrates.
Health Benefits of Walnuts & Dates
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 lower risk of breast cancer. (source)
Paired with fiber-rich dates, which may help to prevent constipation, this is a healthy snack I feel good about reaching for any time. Research shows that the antioxidants in dates may help to lower cholesterol and help to prevent cardiovascular diseases, like Atherosclerosis. (source)
I hope they prove to be helpful when you need a quick snack, too!
Date Energy Balls (Vegan, Paleo)
- In a large food processor fitted with an "S" blade, process the walnuts and coconut until crumbly.
- Add in the dates, vanilla and sea salt and process again until a sticky, uniform batter is formed. (You can add a tablespoon of coconut oil, only if needed to help the mixture come together.) You don't want to over process, or the batter will become oily, so process until crumbly, but sticky when pressed between your fingers.
- 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 fridge or freezer to set for at least 30 minutes 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!)
Per ball: Calories: 123, Fat: 8g, Carbohydrates: 11g, Fiber: 2g, Protein: 1g
- 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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