Energy Date Balls

These energy date balls are naturally sweetened thanks to dates and made flavorful with nuts and coconut. You’ll love the nutrition (like fiber, omega-3s, vitamins, and minerals), but these old-fashioned date balls don’t skimp on the flavor. Better yet? These treats are made with 6 ingredients and take only minutes to make.

If you love date-sweetened treats, be sure to try these Vegan Chocolate Truffles.

A bowl holds several date balls, with more date balls behind it and several dates too.

These date balls taste so good you’ll want to make a double batch. Why? Because they’re a perfect snack for when you need lots of energy. This treat is naturally vegan, gluten-free, and paleo.

These coconut date balls are sweet, but they’re free of processed sugar and they scratch that itch for sweet snacks during the day. Just like any sweets, it’s hard to eat only one so be sure to make plenty.

Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Adding both almonds and walnuts gives a nutty flavor and firmer texture
  • Coconut flakes add delicious flavor
  • Rolling the balls in sesame seeds adds texture and makes these little treats so delightful

Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe:

  • Medjool dates
  • Raw almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Coconut flakes
  • Sesame seeds

Note: I buy most of these products at Costco, because it’s more economical.

Ingredient Spotlight

A mound of Medjool dates sit in a glass bowl on a white counter.

Which Dates are Best

Medjool dates are soft and chewy with a rich, caramel-like flavor. Compared to regular dates that are firmer, Medjool dates are perfect for using raw in these energy date balls. Native to Morocco, Medjool dates may appear to be a dried fruit like raisins, but they are actually a fruit. Removing the pit is crucial as it is hard and can cause damage to your food processor blades. You can find Medjool dates at a number of stores like Sprouts, health food stores, and even Costco.

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How to Make Date Balls

Look, you won’t find it easier this date ball recipe. Let’s go into the steps:

  1. Pulse Ingredients — Simply add all the ingredients, except for the sesame seeds, to a food processor and pulse to combine.
  2. Roll Balls — I use a cookie dough scoop to portion out bits of the dough and roll it into balls.
  3. Add Sesame Seeds — Roll the balls in sesame seeds. As an alternative, the date balls can be rolled in coconut flakes.
Oatmeal, dates, and walnuts in a food processor bowl.
Oatmeal, dates, and walnuts in a food processor.

Marly’s Tips

If your dates are cold or firm, it helps to heat them up in the microwave to soften them up. Remove the pits first and then chop them into little pieces and put them in a microwave-safe bowl. Then heat in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds and put a plate over the bowl. This will make the dates tender.

Transform these into peanut butter date balls by substituting 1/4 cup peanut butter for the walnuts.

You might want to check out my Peanut Butter Energy Balls too. Lots of great flavors!

A hand holds a date ball, rolling it in sesame seeds.

Paleo Energy Bites with Dates

So, basically, these healthy no-bake date balls are energy balls made with Medjool dates instead of a syrup sweetener like my other energy bite recipes. Take, for example, my Red Velvet Energy Bites where I used agave as the sweetener.

The good news is that Medjool dates are fine on a raw diet, a Whole30 diet, and a Paleo diet.

Once processed in the food processor, dates become sticky just like syrup. That means dates create a great binder to hold these paleo power balls together too. In addition, they add a nice caramel flavor.

What are the benefits of eating dates?

Dates are a great way of reducing refined sugars in your diet. Besides, dates are rich in plant-based nutrients like fiber, iron, potassium, and even some protein.

Each date ball has around 112 calories, making them a nutrient-dense treat. We love date energy balls made with almonds and walnuts! In fact, I recently made a Sugar Cookie Energy Bites recipe that made its way into the Costco Magazine. How fun!

More Energy Balls

A hand holds a date ball above a bowl full of more of the treats.

That’s it for these energy date balls. Enjoy!

A hand holds a date ball, rolling it in sesame seeds.

Energy Date Balls

Make these vegan date balls and enjoy the naturally sweetened treats. They're made with Medjool dates, nuts, and coconut flakes. They taste so good you'll want to make a double batch.
5 from 4 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 103kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

  • 2 cups medjool dates chopped
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup coconut flakes , unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds for rolling optional

Instructions

  • Add dates, almonds, walnuts, ground flaxseed, and coconut flakes in a food processor. Pulse for several seconds, then remove the lid and use a spatula to push ingredients down the side of the bowl. Continue this process until a fairly consistent texture is achieved.
  • Roll the batter into balls and roll balls with sesame seeds.
  • Keep date balls stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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Notes

If your dates are firm, be sure to soften them up first. Remove the pits and chop into pieces and then place them in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 10-second increments until tender. Be careful, dates can get very hot very quickly!
Nutrition Facts
Energy Date Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 103 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 161mg5%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 22IU0%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Enjoy!

15 Responses to Energy Date Balls

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStella Reply

    Hey Marly! I remember you mentioning these at some point. I’m so glad you posted them, as I’ve seen recipes like this before. But never with cocoa and coconut-that sounds awesome! I’m going to try them…
    p.s. Thanks for mentioning me here-it makes me feel good that you appreciated my post. It makes me feel even better though that you called me your ‘friend’. Score (smile)!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyKristen Reply

    These sound good. Really good.

  3. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyGrace Reply

    I love dates! Never really use them in anything other than date squares, this will be a great alternative. Beautiful pics Marly! I have a feeling these are very addictive.

  4. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMonet Reply

    These remind me of larabars (which I love). I need to start making these at home though. So much more affordable. Thank you for sharing love. I hope you have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

  5. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyPaula Reply

    I would like to try one of these 🙂

  6. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyjoudie's Mood Food Reply

    These look good. dates are so good for you and i would like to have not one, but many right now!

  7. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlySarah Reply

    YUM! I will have to make these! I’ve been making homemade Larabar-type snacks as of late, and they’re so much better and cheaper. Nice work! 🙂

  8. Avatar thumbnail image for Marlyfooddreamer Reply

    These do certainly look delicious! Good for you for deciding to cut down on sugar. I’ve recently been forced to do the same because of pre-diabetes. I am not what you’d think of as a typical diabetic…slender, fit, always ate healthfully. Like you, I love to bake, and there ain’t no way I am giving that up! But I’ve found a number of ways to modify my recipes for myself and my family, to make more healthful things that still feel like treats. And I still bake some serious goodies, because everyone needs to indulge once in a while!

  9. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyNicole Reply

    yumyum, I still have dates,…mh…. but I think next thing on the shopping list would be a food processor 🙂
    ChopChop – thanks for the idea!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      I guess you could do a lot of chopping, but a food processor does make things a little easier. They do make the little mini ones that are not too expensive.

  10. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyCody from Terrain Reply

    Marly, thanks so much for the recipe and for posting on foodgawker! I tried these yesterday and they were absolutely outstanding. I made a few minor adjustments: no coconut (none on hand at the time, but will add when I make them again) and used raw almonds for nuts, added a teaspoon of cinnamon. I pulsed everything in the processor together, and it was great. After shaping, I rolled them in about 1 cup of pistachio nuts that I pulsed finely with two tablespoons of cocoa powder. Wonderful treat! Posting your link to share with everyone. Great, versatile recipe. Thanks!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Wow! Your changes to the recipe sound delicious! I can’t wait to check out your version on your site. Hope you have pics!!!

  11. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStella Reply

    I made these almost exactly to the recipe’s instructions. The only thing I did differently was to add a touch of orange blossom water and I used coconut for rolling. They are delicious. Easy too…!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Yours looked so lovely too and I loved using the name bon bons. Very cute!

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