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Date Energy Balls

These Date Energy Balls are such a great healthy snack to have stored in the fridge or freezer. This recipe is made with four simple ingredients, comes together in minutes and tastes just like candy!

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a bowl of date energy bites with fresh strawberries in the background

why you’ll love this recipe

  • Date Energy Balls come together in minutes!
  • A great healthy snack to keep stored in the fridge or freezer.
  • Made with only four simple ingredients.
  • These date balls seriously taste like candy.
  • This recipe is vegan, gluten free, dairy free and plant based.
  • High in protein from the nuts and naturally sweetened with dates.
  • No added sugar!
  • Check out these energy bites for anther great option!

ingredients and Substitutions

These are the main ingredients and substitutions for Date Energy Balls. Be sure to scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this page for a full list of ingredients and instructions.

I recommend using Medjool dates since they have a natural caramel flavor and tend to be much softer than other dates. However, any type of date will work for this recipe. I love the ones from Trader Joe’s or Joolies Dates.

Pecans have a sweet and buttery flavor which works really well in this recipe, however, any type of nut will work such as cashew, almonds, walnuts, etc.

Freeze dried strawberries give this recipe a sweet taste! You can use any type of freeze dried fruit.

A pinch of salt really helps balance out all the flavors.

all the ingredients you need to make this recipe on a board.

how to make

ONE: Remove the pit from each date. Then, add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is well combined.

TWO: Using a cookie scoop, scoop the mixture and roll into a ball with the palm of your hands. Then, place it on a plate that’s lined with parchment paper.

THREE: Place the balls in the fridge or freezer for about 10-20 minutes to harden. Remove and enjoy!

a hand holding the date energy ball with a bite taken out of it.

Tips and tricks

Make sure you remove each pit and stem from the date as these are extremely hard and can hurt your teeth if not fully removed.

Use a food processor for best results to combine the ingredients.

How to serve and store

Enjoy these energy bites on their own for an afternoon pick me up or after dinner dessert.

Store these balls in an airtight container in the fridge and enjoy within 7 days, or the freezer and enjoy within 30 days.

Taste and Texture

These date energy bites seriously taste like candy! They are naturally sweetened and have a subtly caramel flavor from the dates.

The texture of these bites are soft, gummy and incredibly chewy.

a hand holding the date energy bite with strawberries in the background.

frequently asked questions

Can I use a different type of nut?

Yes absolutely! Any nut will work in this recipe.

Can I use a seed instead of a nut?

Yes you can!

Can I use a different type of freeze dried fruit?

Yes.

Does the fruit have to be freeze dried?

Yes it does, I haven’t tested this recipe any other way.

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Date Energy Balls

These Date Energy Balls are such a great healthy snack to have stored in the fridge or freezer. This recipe is made with four simple ingredients, comes together in minutes and tastes just like candy!
PIN RECIPE
PREP TIME:
5 minutes
COOK TIME:
10 minutes
TOTAL TIME:
15 minutes
Author - Hannah

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cup dates, about 16 dates
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2 cup freeze dried strawberries
  • 1/2 tsp salt

SCALE:

1X

YIELDS:

10 energy balls

Directions

  1. Remove the pit from each medjool date. 
  2. Then, add all the ingredients to a food processor and blend for 2-3 minutes or until mixture is well combined. 
  3. Using a cookie scoop, scoop the mixture and roll into a ball with the palm of your hands. Then, place it on a plate that's lined with parchment paper. 
  4. Place the balls in the fridge or freezer for about 10-20 minutes to harden. Remove and enjoy! 

Notes

  • Make sure you remove each pit and stem from the date as these are extremely hard and can hurt your tooth it not removed.
  • Use a food processor for best results.

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