9 Date Energy Balls Recipes

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Date Energy Balls are packed with fiber, protein and healthy fat. All you need are some dates and nuts, a few extras, and a food processor and you’ll be rolling up these healthy snacks in a few minutes. 

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These simple fruit and nut treats are healthy snacking perfection. There’s something magical about the combination of the healthy fat and protein from the nuts, and the natural sweetness and carbs from the dates. This is the ultimate whole food pick-me-up.

While you’re at it, prep a Veggie Box, some Extra Protein Oatmeal Bites or a couple of these 10 Snacks to Prep in Advance so you have easy, healthy snacks for you and your family when hunger strikes. 

Photo of the ingredients for 9 date energy balls surrounding the energy balls.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Super easy and fast to make – thanks to the food processor. 
  • Each recipe calls for just a handful of whole-food ingredients. 
  • They make a simple breakfast or snack and a great addition to lunch boxes.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Chocolate Peanut Butter: dates, peanut butter, cocoa powder, peanuts
  • Lemon: dates, cashews, shredded coconut, lemon, salt
  • Almond Joy: dates, almonds, cocoa powder, shredded coconut, salt, vanilla extract
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: dates, pecans, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla extract, salt
  • Piña Colada: dried tropical fruits, dates, cashews, almonds, salt
  • Coconut: shredded coconut, dates, cashews, almonds, coconut oil, vanilla extract, salt
  • Dark Chocolate Cherry: almonds, dried cherries, dates, salt, dark chocolate chips
  • Peanut Butter and Jelly: dates, peanuts, peanut butter, dried blueberries, almonds

See the recipe card below for full information on ingredients and quantities.

8 varieties of date energy balls labeled with the title of each: pumpkin spice, coconut, dark chocolate cherry, almond joy, piña colada, chocolate PB, PB&J and lemon.

Nuts – The nuts that you use don’t really matter; use what you like. I normally do half almonds because they are a nice “neutral” nut with a firm texture. The other half I’ll use what I have and it’ll end up being pecans, peanuts, walnuts, cashews, or a combo of any of those. 

Dried fruits – I like to use dried fruit with no added sugar because these recipes are sweet enough thanks to the dates. You can customize these healthy snacks with any dried fruit you want.

Dates – Fresh dried dates should be a bit sticky.  If your dates are a bit older, they will be drier. They are still fine to use but you may need to add a little water if the mixture isn’t coming together into a dough. 

How to Make Date Energy Balls

  • Step #1. Put all of the ingredients into a food processor.
  • Step #2. Turn the food processor on and process for 3 to 5 minutes or until it turns into a thick “dough.”
  • Step #3. Remove the blade and roll about a tablespoon of the dough into a ball with your hands. 
  • Step #4. Store completed balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a month or in the freezer for longer. 

Recipe FAQs

What kind of food processor do I need for this recipe?

You are going to need a at least an 8-cup food processor. I have this 13-cup Kitchen Aid Food Processor and it’s awesome. If you have a smaller food processor or a weak motor, make a half batch so that you don’t burn out the motor. 

Can I make Date Energy Balls in a blender?

Maybe. If you have a high-power blender, it should work but I haven’t tested it. I have only made these energy balls in a food processor.

How long do I need to run the food processor to make the dough? 

About 3 to 5 minutes. Try not to run it so long that the nuts turn into nut butter because that will pull the oil out. They are still fine to eat but will be greasy when you roll them into balls. 

Do I have to roll the dough into balls or can I press it into a pan? 

If you don’t have time to roll the dough into balls, you can press the mixture into a square baking dish lined with parchment paper. Chill for at least two hours, remove them with the paper, cut into bars, and store.

What are the best nuts to use in Date Energy Balls?

I like to use raw unsalted nuts for these, but I have tried them with roasted and/or salted nuts too and they were great. If you are using salted nuts, don’t add any salt to the recipe.

Expert Tips

  • Make sure to check whether your dates are pitted or not. If they aren’t pitted, remove the pits by carefully slicing them open with a paring knife and popping the pit out. 
  • If the ingredients are chopped into super small pieces but the dough isn’t coming together, try adding a teaspoon of water at a time (up to a tablespoon or two) to encourage everything to come together.
  • Be sure to add at least some salt (it really heightens the sweet), and if you like a sweet and salty treat, go heavy on your pinch.

More Healthy Snack Recipes to Consider

Rows of different types of date energy bites
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9 Date Energy Balls Recipes

These date and nut energy bites are backed with fiber, protein and healthy fat and make for one in amazing healthy snack.
Prep: 15 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 10

Ingredients 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter, (natural, normal, chunky, smooth, doesn't matter much)
  • 2-3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup peanuts

Lemon Energy Bites

Almond Joy Energy Bites

Pumpkin Pie Spice Energy Bites

  • 1 cup dates
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt

Piña Colada Energy Bites

  • 1/2 cup dried tropical fruits, (I used mandarin oranges, pineapple, and mango)
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • pinch of sea salt

Coconut Energy Bites

  • 1 cup shredded coconut, (I like this brand of unsweetened shredded coconut)
  • 1/2 cup dates
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • pinch of sea salt
  • additional shredded coconut for rolling

Dark Chocolate Cherry Energy Bites

  • 1 cup almonds
  • 2/3 cups dried cherries, (I like dried tart cherries)
  • 2/3 cup dates
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate chips, melted

Peanut Butter and Jelly Energy Bites

    For the Peanut Butter side:

    • 1/2 cup dates
    • 1/2 cup peanuts
    • 1/4 cup peanut butter

    For the Jelly side:

    • 1/2 cup dried blueberries
    • 1/2 cup dates
    • 1/2 cup almonds
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    Instructions 

    • Add all of the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor and blend until the nuts are well chopped and a thick “dough” starts to form, about 3-5 minutes of processing. If the ingredients are chopped into super small pieces but the dough isn’t coming together, try adding a teaspoon of water at a time (up to a tablespoon or two) to encourage everything to come together.
    • When the ingredients are well incorporated, remove the blade from the food processor.
    • Take 1 large tablespoon of the “dough” and roll it into a ball in between your hands.
    • Repeat with remaining dough.
    • Keep the balls in the fridge for up to a month or in the freezer much longer.

    Additional instructions for the dark chocolate cherry version:

    • Take 1 large tablespoon of the “dough” and roll it into a ball in between your hands. Repeat with remaining dough. Drizzle the top of each ball with melted dark chocolate. Keep the balls in the fridge for up to a month or in the freezer much longer.

    Additional instruction for the peanut butter and jelly version:

    • Add all of the ingredients for the peanut butter side to the bowl of your food processor and blend until the nuts are well chopped and a thick “dough” starts to form, about 3-5 minutes of processing. If the ingredients are chopped into super small pieces but the dough isn’t coming together, try adding a teaspoon of water at a time (up to a tablespoon or two) to encourage everything to come together. When the ingredients are well incorporated, remove the blade from the food processor and scrape the mixture out into another bowl.
    • For the jelly side, add all of the ingredients to the bowl of your food processor and blend until the nuts are well chopped and a thick “dough” starts to form, about 3-5 minutes of processing. If the ingredients are chopped into super small pieces but the dough isn’t coming together, try adding a teaspoon of water at a time (up to a tablespoon or two) to encourage everything to come together. When the ingredients are well incorporated, remove the blade from the food processor and scrape the mixture out into another bowl.
    • Take a large teaspoon of the peanut butter mixture and roll it into a ball. Take a large teaspoon of the jelly mixture and roll it into a ball. Press the two balls together and roll into one larger ball. Repeat with remaining mixture. Keep the balls in the fridge for up to a month or in the freezer much longer.

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    Notes

    • If you are using salted nuts, omit the additional salt until you can taste the processed mixture and see if you’d like a little more salt or not.
    • You can usually find pitted dates in grocery stores near the raisins – get them if you want to save the step of pitting them yourself. 
    • Watch your food processor for when the nuts are chopped finely but haven’t started turning into nut butter. If you overprocess the nuts, the oil will come out. They are still fine to eat but will be greasy. 
    • You may need to add 1 to 2 teaspoons of water to the mixture if it’s too dry and not forming a dough.
    • Date Energy Balls can be stored in an airtight container (I love this container!) in the fridge for about a month, and in the freezer for much longer. I love to eat mine cold out of the freezer best.

    Nutrition

    Serving: 1 bite (chocolate peanut butter bite), Calories: 142kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Sodium: 57mg, Potassium: 212mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 1IU, Vitamin C: 0.1mg, Calcium: 17mg, Iron: 1mg
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    66 Comments

    1. Melanie says:

      Thank you for the recipes, these turned out amazing!!! New favorite treat. For those asking, I put the treats into my fitness pal and they are all a bit different macro-wise. The coconut ones are in the middle so I will use them as an example. For one energy bite:
      Cals: 147
      Fat: 10.7
      Protein: 2.4
      Carbs: 11.7
      Sugar: 7.2
      All in all I’d say pretty good considering they’re loaded with healthy fats and natural sugar 🙂

    2. Jennifer says:

      Hey! Do you have an estimated calorie and fat count for each recipe? And how many balls did each recipe yield?

    3. Tiffany Sorenson says:

      I make similar date balls quite often and use my Vitamix blender, works great. I’ve never made them using a food processor, but I don’t know the differences.

      1. Melissa says:

        Good to know! Thank you!

    4. Camestone says:

      Wow. Just finished week 1 of no refined sugar and sat here with terrible sugar cravings. Made the almond ones in minutes and they are gorgeous and hit the spot. Thx so much for sharing.

      1. Melissa says:

        That’s what I use them for too! Always hit the spot.

    5. Bailey says:

      Can a blender or nutribullet get the job done? JW so I don’t have to of buy another appliance, out of room as it is!
      Thanks!

      1. Melissa says:

        I think it would work, but you might want to work in smaller batches so everything can get worked around more. Let me know how it goes!

    6. Laura says:

      Can you provide the protein, fiber, sugar…information?

    7. Louise says:

      Thank you so much for this post. I love date balls and this is just amazing that there is so much variety. I recently discovered pumpkin pie spice and I am in love… made 1 batch of the pumpkin pie spice ones and 1 batch of the Coconut ones. My husband and kids will be the ultimate verdict… so will see what is the outcome. But I love it. Thank you.

    8. Emily Moore says:

      Can I use date paste to make these?

      1. Melissa says:

        No clue, I have never used it before. I’d give it a try though!

    9. maurisia says:

      These sound great. The calories seem high, so I did a rough estimate using the chocolate peanut butter recipe. I’m guessing these will make about 25 balls, which brings in the calories count (estimate only) at about 55 per each ball. Still less than a donut hole and better for you. So not too bad.

    10. Debbie says:

      Carb counts please — at least approximate for those of us w diabetes!!! Thanks much. Debbie