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Healthy Cherry Energy Balls

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  • Author: Melissa Griffiths-Bless this Mess
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 24 1x


Healthy Cherry Energy Balls are an easy, freezer-friendly whole food dessert that are the perfect afternoon pick me up. Made with dates, almonds, dried cherries, and not much else! These are going to become a staple in your freezer in no time!


  • 2 cups nuts (I used ½ cup of pecans, ½ cup walnuts, and 1 cup of almonds)
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 cup dried sour cherries
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


  1. 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.
  2. 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 week or in the freezer much longer.


You are going to want to use dates that are still squishy and fresh. If you use older dates that have started to dry out a bit (they might have a slight white residue on the outside from the sugar crystallizing on the outside if they are old too), then you might need to add 1-2 tablespoons of water when blending to help the ingredients come together. Be sure to remove the date pits too. They are hard as rocks. If you blend it too long you are going to start making nut butter. So if the ingredients are chopped into super small pieces but the dough isn’t coming together, try adding a tablespoon or two of water to encourage everything to come together. Look for dried sour cherries that don’t have any added sugar.

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American


  • Serving Size: 2 Balls
  • Calories: 164
  • Sugar: 9.4g
  • Sodium: 48.8mg
  • Fat: 13.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.6g
  • Protein: 2g