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

Alia

Ohhh – these sound and look awesome. I love the coconut, walnut and date combo. I’ll have to make these one day soon!

    Hillary Southwick

    Instead of coconut oil, I used all natural peanut butter. To get a texture where I could roll it into a ball, I added 1/2 cup of water to the mix. Just an idea – I love it with PB!

Penny

Hi, Megan!
It sounds like you are embracing and loving being a new mommy, and I’m so happy for you! My toddlers are 3 and 1 now, but I vividly remember those early days! When my son was new, I ate chocolate chip granola bars during those late night/early morning nursing sessions, but these would have been so much healthier. With my daughter, I discovered co sleeping and dozing while nursing and I’m pretty sure that it saved my life LOL
Sniff that baby head a ton for me, please! I still can’t believe how fast it flew by. Now I have to sniff friends’ babies. I hope that you are having a wonderful baby moon!
I’m looking forward to making these one day when I have a food processor 🙂

    Celeste Ciulla

    I love this recipe. And I don’t have a food processor! It might be old school, and they might come out a little chunkier but I just chop the dates (wearing latex gloves) and the walnuts (I use pecans…I find them less bitter). They are yummy!!!! Thanks so much!

Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl

Love date nut balls! They are the perfect grab-n-go snack!

Tracie

Would you mind sharing what food processor you use?
The recipe looks yummy!

Christina @ The Beautiful Balance

I absolutely love making date balls–so good and a quick and easy snack!

Bri

Yum yum these look delicious, thanks for sharing. Congrats on your new baby, definetley need to keep your energy up feeding all day and night! I’m still feeding my 5 month old so these will be great little snacks to nibble on as well. I love your blog I’ve been making the vanillacado and chococado shakes all the time and my favourite meal is vegetable masala. Keep up the great work!

Jess @ Nappiesinc

These look AMAZING!
Hope you dont mind but I shared them on my Friday Five….right above a sugar filled birthday cake!

Cynthia

I just found your blog last week and adore your recipes! Congratulations on the birth of your first child…I nursed both of my boys for a year each and it is an incredible bonding experience…with that being said, you are so smart to start planning ahead for those times when hunger strikes. I ate like a linebacker when I was nursing and was tinier than ever after my kids..you burn so many calories while breastfeeding it is truly incredible. All the best to you and your family and keep these delicious recipes coming :)))

Kim

This sounds really good but is there something you could replace the shredded coconut with? Maybe carrots?

Sarah

Hi! If I’m using “California” dates rather than Medjool, should I soak them first? Looking around quickly online I couldn’t find any good comparisons of the two types of dates. Of course I’m just going to use what I have on hand…and maybe dunk them for a while first. Thanks and I love your website! 🙂

Cassidy @ Cassidy's Craveable Creations

Thanks for the recipe, can’t wait to make these. I’m always looking for simple, nourishing snacks 🙂

All the best to you and your new baby!

-Cassidy

Alexandra @ Made to glow

Oh I can’t wait to try these! Love that they have no added sugar. I am a big fan of using dates. I will definitely try them with walnuts. Thank you for sharing. I know this must be a busy time for you! Enjoy every second!

Abbi*tarian

I love all of these ingredients! Thank you for sharing this; it’s very impressive how you are keeping your blog so active while being so busy!

Crystal

A mama friend of mine made me something very similar during my second enlistment of nursing boot camp and they were a life saver for those first few weeks of all night feedings!

Cadie

So impressed you’re keeping up with the blog with the new baby. Hope all is well!

Jan Gonzales

Please send your recipe bolgs to my inbox!! Thanks, Jan

Heather Williams

I make these using figs, and truly, they’re so amazing to have around, right? I love your approach to eating and I’m so happy for you and your new little one!:) Great recipe and thanks for the update on how you’re doing!

Sherie

I didn’t like the sound of these at first but just made half a batch and they are delicious!!! I’m always looking for quick, healthy snacks and can count on your to provide great recipes! Thank you1

Janet

AH, I’m calling these AMAZE BALLS! So good I can’t believe they are bad for me!

    Janet

    edit: I can’t believe they aren’t bad for me:)

Angie T

These are amazing!!! Another winner!

Designed For Detox

Thanks for sharing I think these will be great to take on the go,
Best to you and the baby!

~Chelsea

JC

Hi Megan,
I saw on one of your other posts that you have a favorite Vitamix blender…But when I clicked on the link it wouldn’t work…can you repost it? It is definitely on my with list but there are so many options I don’t know what to choose…thanks for you input and your receipts are awesome (especially since I can’t have gluten, dairy, refined sugars, and limited corn and potatoes) your website has given me so many more options! Thank you and congrats on your little boy 🙂

Gina

Hi Megan,

Congrats to you and your family on the birth of your lil one! I have a 2 1/2 yo and they sure do grow fast! I BF for 18months and I’m so glad I stuck with it! I love your blog and can’t believe you are blogging still! Enjoy every moment! One question I have is how do you come up with the shelf life of these or any of the recipes you make? I never understood that. I am going to make these for sure! I am planning on making your eggplant lasg. later for the second time. I love it, but the first time I made it I left the skin on and think I will make it w/o this time. Thanks again for your recipes and time you put into this site!

Gina : )

Minna

I just made these! They were so good. Thanks for the recipe! 🙂

jocpa1040

Love these date balls! My kids & hubby love them too!

Carol

These were fabulous. The recipe actually makes quite a bit so I will freeze half. Yum!

Tina

I made these without the coconut oil and they are super oily with oil dripping everywhere. Am I doing something wrong? Should I add more walnuts? They are very delicious though.

    Michele Schnelker

    i did not experience this tina. wish i had a tip for you.

    Kristin

    I had the same problem but I used the coconut oil. Wondering if using calfornia dates instead of Medjool dates is why.

    Julie

    I also had lots of oil, I think i may have processed my walnut and cashews too much, like into butter instead of crumbles. I did use Ca dates too…are Ca dates oily?

    Jen

    It could be you’re blending the nuts for too long as that will cause them to liquidise, that’s all I can think of – hope it helps!

Michele Schnelker

wow! these look and sound fantastic! thx for sharing 🙂

Michele Schnelker

holy crap these are tasty! to sweet! totally quality controlled 2 of them before putting them in the freezer…hope i can keep away to see what they’re like in an hour! 😉

so fast to roll up (used my melon baller/mini ice cream scoop to assist in this process). might make up fancy like you suggested if i take them to a carry in sometime.

Barb

These are so delicious Megan! I’ve passed the recipe along to a number of people and everyone really loves them! Thanks!

Claire

Soo yummy! thank you!

Ms.Jo

I absolutely love these date nut balls! So easy to make, delicious, and good for you. An unbeatable combination in my book!

Donna Allen

So yummy!

Amy

Great recipe! I added zest from one orange just because I love orange zest and think it fits into every sweet recipe! 🙂 I would cut down on the oil a bit next time though. My hands were dripping coconut oil as I created the balls. They are delicious nonetheless! Thanks!

linda O

I just made these for my son who is body building..WOW ARE THEY GOOD!
I used half pecans and 1/2 raw almonds and course sea salt. ..so every once in a bite or so you get a little sweet salty thing going on.I may never eat candy or dessert ever again. Thanks for sharing

linda O

and I’m going to try the same combo but maybe substitute organic peanut butter for coconut oil or do you think i can still add a Tb of coconut oil in addition?

Judit

Just made these, exceeded all my expectations! Thank you!

Holly Pattison

LOVE this recipe. And my hands were so smooth after rolling the balls (I may have blended a bit too long!)

Sean

Just wanted to say these are great for girls and guys alike. Love these! Thank you for the idea and recipe!

melissa

Hi! These are delicious! Would you be able to tell me the nutritional values?

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