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

Michele waters

Did you soak the dates?
Thank you!!

Maninder

I used sunflower seeds but my mixture is too dry and wont form the balls.

    Darline

    Were the seeds used in substitution for something listed on the recipe? Or were they in addition to what the what it lists?

Andrea

Thank you for all your wonderful & delicious recipes – this one in particular is our favorite! My 3 year old eats up to 4 a day & I serve it as desert to all our guests along with fresh berries. Everyone who tries them asks for the recipe so I forward the link to your site everytime!

One tip that I would offer is that I find leaving out the coconut oil to be much nicer – the shredded coconut, dates & walnuts are enough to bind it all together without it becoming so greasy when you roll them into balls.

Thanks for your great work!

Bobbi

These are super yummy and so easy to make! My 3 year old and 1 year old love them as well. My 1 year old loved them so much the first time I made them he cried when I wouldn’t let him eat more of them. I’ve made them with pecans and with almonds. Every time they turn out perfect. Great healthy treat to keep on hand!!!

Laura G

These are absolutely delicious! I used table salt instead of sea salt (tho less than recommended) and found them on the verge of being too salty – won’t make that error next time! I think I may use a little less coconut oil too as my hands were super greasy after rolling them out 🙂 My tip is use the most succulent dates you can find and add a small handful of cocoa nibs to the mix – they add a lovely bit of crunch!

Martin

The key is using “Medjool dates” as the recipe specifies. They are always super soft and delicious and never need soaking. I get them at Costco!

Celia

How long do the date balls keep? Do you have to store them in the fridge?

mari

I just made some “date energy balls” Soo delicious and filling.
I didnt have Medjool dates in store cupboard so used ordinary no soak prunes instead with a mix of sesame, sunflower and pumpkin seeds – delicious.
(Medjool dates are now on my shopping list).
Would love to know how many calories if followed your recipe?

Brittany C

Do you have the Nutritional breakdown for these?

Thanks!

Pam

I did not have 2 cups of anything. So I used some pecans and some almonds. Some dates and some dried cranberries. When I mixed it the paste was a little dry. After reading other posts I added about 1-2 tbsp. Of hot water during the process. Only cause I didn’t know it was going to be dry till I started mixing. Did not use the oil only because I forgot it.
These little balls are amazing, and so simple to make. I will definitely be making them again, and again, several times.
Thanks for sharing.

Janet T.

I’ve made this recipe several times with success. I used toasted almonds and added a little orange juice instead of coconut oil. That way it added enough moisture without being greasy to roll in my hands. Also added orange zest from one orange. Stored them in an air tight container in refrig. They’ stayed fresh for several weeks.

Deb

I just made these and had to sub out nuts for sunflower seeds, I added a little bakery emulsion Butter flavor because I wanted the rich buttery flavors that nuts impart :{} They turned our fabulous!!! Thank you so much for all of your delicious recipes 🙂

Katie @ Old World Taste

These looks delicious. I’ve been using Deglet Noir dates in my recipes since I haven’t wanted to spend the extra money for Medjool dates. I wonder if there is a big difference! I like to make a date compote for brown rice pudding that adds a perfect sweetness, just like in these energy balls. http://oldworldtaste.com/brown-rice-pudding-with-dried-fruit-compote/

Sheryl Bilodeau

I just used date and raw mixed nuts and put them in my ninja and made into bite sized balls. They were good just like this and no extra liquid was needed. I used about 10 dates to maybe a cup of the nuts.

melissa

I have been making these for the past few years and the whole family loves them. We usually add a bit of cocoa powder for chocolate kick. I have shared them with friends, family and neighbors and every time I’m asked for the recipe!

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