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.

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