Date energy balls are pretty popular in our country, but for us they usually miss the mark (sorry, not sorry). That’s why we just had to make our own. And so, after rigorous R&D consisting of exactly 2 tries, here they are!
These date energy balls are a great sweet snack to have, and even though I have a “savory tooth”, I love them. They’re not too sweet, they have a great texture and a rich flavor that will have your taste buds asking for more.
These are so easy to make and basically only require that you have a food processor of some kind. Make sure to remove the dates’ pits including the hard tip (if you know what it’s called, let us know). Put all the ingredients except the shredded coconut in your food processor and pulse until it comes together and has a dough-like consistency. Make sure there aren’t any chunky date bits.
The mixture comes out smooth and easy to work with. We like to coat it with shredded coconut but you can use any crushed nut or nut mix you like.
To form the balls, we recommend to roll the mixture into a sausage shape on top of your topping, to prevent sticking. Then, using a wet knife, divide the sausage into about 16-20 bite-sized pieces. Toss them in a bowl with your chosen topping and roll each piece into a ball.
You can also form the balls straight out of the food processor and toss them in whatever you like.
Pro tip – if you go the coconut route, you can place a nut either on top or inside of the energy balls, or leave them as is.
Date Energy Balls
- 6 Medjool dates
- ⅓ cup quick oats
- 2 tbsp raw tahini
- 1 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 pinch salt
- shredded coconut for coating
- Remove the dates' pits and hard tips.
- Place all the ingredients except the shredded coconut into a food processor (we use our immersion blender's attachment).
- Pulse in the food processor until it comes together like a dough. Make sure all the ingredients are well processed, and there aren't any chunks.
- Sprinkle some shredded coconut (or crushed nuts) on your work surface. Use slightly wet hands to roll the mixture into a sausage-like form, coating it as you go.
- Using a wet knife, divide it into about 16-20 pieces, depending on the size you'd like them to be.
- Toss the pieces in a bowl with shredded coconut (or your chosen nut topping).
- Form each piece into a ball. Leave as is or add your favorite nut on top or inside of each ball (we recommend roasted almonds/hazelnuts or walnuts).
- Store in the fridge or freeze them to keep for longer.
- Feel free to switch out the shredded coconut to any crushed nut mixture you like with or without coconut.
- If it's easier for you, you can form the balls straight out of the food processor. It doesn't matter which method you use as the result is the same, just do it the way you think would be easiest for you.
- If you want them disc shaped, you can pop it in the freezer after you roll it into a sausage, and after it's frozen it'll keep its shape when you cut it.