These vegan date balls are naturally sweetened thanks to dates, and made flavorful with chocolate, nuts and coconuts. You’ll love the nutritional benefits (like fiber, omega-3s, vitamins, and minerals), but these old fashioned date nut balls don’t skimp on the flavor. They taste so good you’ll want to make a double batch. It’s a perfect snack for when you need lots of energy! This treat is naturally vegan, gluten free and paleo.
Old Fashioned Date Balls
As you can tell from my recipes, I love sweets. I love preparing them, the aroma of a baking cake in the oven, and the happy faces of those who eat them (at least most of the time).
You don’t have to look very hard to understand the dangers of too much processed sugars in our diet. It’s definitely something Shawn and I have been working on lately: reducing refined sugars. That means lately I’ve been cooking more with coconut sugar.
And there’s also dates!
So, I put my desire for reduced refined sugars into action and created a quick and easy snack recipe for a “raw cookie.” Technically they’re more like coconut date balls, but raw cookies work too.
These protein date balls are still sweet, but they’re free of processed sugar and they scratch that itch for sweet snacks during the day. Just like any cookie, though, it’s hard to eat only one so be sure to make plenty!
Paleo Energy Bites with Dates
So, basically these healthy no bake date balls are energy bites 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. And 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 to the energy bites.
How to Make Date Balls
Simply add the ingredients — dates, raw almonds, walnuts, oats, ground flaxseed, cocoa powder, and unsweetened coconut flakes — in a food processor and pulse to combine. Then roll with sesame seeds for adding color and nutrition! As an alternative, the date balls can be rolled in coconut flakes.
Note: 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 – 20 seconds and put a plate over the bowl. This will make the dates tender.
Then pour that bowl of dates into your food processor, along with the other ingredients and pulse a few times. The hardest part of this date ball recipe is rolling the balls and not eating them all!
Transform these into peanut butter date balls by substituting 1/4 cup peanut butter for the walnuts!
You might want to check out my Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Bites too. Lots of great flavors!
Each date ball has around 112 calories, making them a nutrient dense treat. We love date energy bites 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!
Of course, we are so into these healthy chocolate vegan balls with dates and we hope you are too! If you decide to make them, be sure to snap a photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!
- Add dates, almonds, walnuts, oats, ground flaxseed, cocoa powder, and coconut flakes in a food processor. Pulse for several seconds, then remove 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.