These date balls are naturally sweetened thanks to dates, and made flavorful with nuts and coconuts. You’ll love the nutritional benefits (like fiber, omega-3s, vitamins, and minerals), but these date balls don’t skimp on the flavor either. They taste so good you’ll want to make a double batch. Perfect lunchtime treat.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 recipe for a “raw cookie.” Technically they’re date balls, but raw cookies work too.
These date balls are still sweet, but they’re free of processed sugar and they scratch that itch for something a little sweet after lunch. Just like any cookie, though, it’s hard to eat only one so be sure to make plenty!
Energy Bites with Dates
So, basically these date balls are energy bites made with 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. Agave is a great ingredient for energy bites because it has a low glycemic index and does a great job binding the energy bites together.
The good news is that the dates, once processed in the food processor, become sticky just like syrup. That means dates create a great binder to hold these energy bites together too. In addition, they add a nice caramel flavor to the energy bites.
How to Make Date Balls
I simply add all the nuts and oats to a food processor and pulse to combine. Then I add the chopped dates.
One tip here: If your dates are cold or firm, it helps to heat them up in the microwave for 10 – 20 seconds 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!
You might want to check out my Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Energy Bites too. Lots of great flavors!
We love energy bites! 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 date balls 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!
- 2 cups dates chopped
- ½ cup almonds
- ½ cup peanuts
- ½ cup rolled oats (old fashioned oatmeal)
- ½ cup ground flax seeds
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ⅛ cup coconut flakes
- 1/4 cup Sesame seeds for rolling optional
- Add dates, almonds, peanuts, oats, ground flax seeds, 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.