Energy Balls with Medjool Dates

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Healthy Energy Balls sweetened with Medjool Dates. These no-bake, raw bites are packed with wholesome ingredients like oatmeal and sunflower seed butter. They are “guaranteed” to put a smile on your face and just might give you a surge of energy too!

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Energy Balls with Medjool Dates Recipe

These tasty little energy balls are not new at our house. But, the way they’re sweetened sure is. Instead of honey or agave nectar, they are sweetened with medjool dates. We use this date paste to sweeten Chocolate Date Balls and Date Balls with Rice Krispies too!

It’s love at first bite. 🙂

It’s a new year and the perfect time to move out of your comfort zone and try new recipes and ingredients. Ever wonder what nutritionists and healthy foodies are trying next? The wait is over! Hop down to the bottom of this post and see links to recipes using “new” ingredients by the members of the Recipe Redux. Prepare to be inspired.

But, first…

Energy Balls with Medjool Dates Tips and Tricks

Medjool dates! Where have you been all my life? I should have known how much I’d love you. I’ve always been a big raisin fan.

But you are even better. Larger, plumper and sweeter than other dates with an almost caramel-like taste. I could gobble you up like pieces of candy. Turns out you are also an incredibly delicious, all natural sweetener too!

Check out How to Make Date Paste or watch this quick video on how to make a large batch of Medjool Date Paste:

 

And so…a new sweetener has been added to our arsenal.

Medjool Dates

These dates are larger than they look. They are about an inch in length and come with a large pit. Buy them pitted or make a slit down the center and remove it.

Pureed Medjool Dates

Medjool dates are naturally very soft. Still, I soak them for a few minutes in hot water while assembling the other ingredients.

Add the dates and a little water that they soaked into a small-sized food processor and pulse to create a “date paste.”  Add additional water as desired to thin the consistency. Done. You have your sweetener.

This year is all about simple and healthy recipes. And, this whole process seems contrary to this focus…at first. I do it because it’s that good.

In addition, you can make lots of “date paste” and just store it in a jar in the refrigerator. So, the next time you want to make healthy energy balls, it’s super-duper easy. And, I bet you’ll find other ways to incorporate this natural sweetener in other recipes too!

Oatmeal and Chocolate Healthy Energy Balls with no added sugar

Once the paste is made, it’s a matter of simply combining all of the other ingredients and then rolling the dough into balls…lots and lots of balls, somewhere between 20 and 30, depending upon how small you make them…and how many bites you take in between.

Healthy Energy Balls with Medjool Dates Recipe

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Healthy Energy Balls with Medjool Dates

Healthy Energy Balls sweetened with Medjool Dates. These no-bake, raw bites are filled with wholesome ingredients like oatmeal and sunflower seed butter.
Prep Time15 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Servings: 30 Balls
Calories: 79kcal

Ingredients

  • 8 medjool dates pits removed
  • 1 cup uncooked old fashioned oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/3 cup mini chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter (or peanut butter)

Instructions

  • Fill a glass container with very hot water. (I heat about 2 cups in the microwave for about 1 1/2 minutes.)
  • Add dates to water, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for 5-10 minutes. This softens the dates and makes them easier to puree, but may not be necessary if dates are very soft.
  • Remove dates from water and place in a small food processor.
  • Add to the food processor about 1 Tablespoon of the water the dates soaked in.
  • Pulse until smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. Add additional water to thin the consistency of the paste, if desired.
  • Set date "paste" aside.
  • Combine oatmeal, flax seed, coconut flakes and chocolate chips in a medium sized bowl.
  • Add date paste, vanilla extract and sunflower seed butter to the dry mixture.
  • Stir to combine all of the ingredients.
  • Refrigerate dough for about 15 minutes if possible. (It's not required, but does make it easier to work with.)
  • Form dough into Tablespoon-size balls.
  • Refrigerate balls in an air tight container.

Nutrition

Calories: 79kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 79mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 0.3% | Vitamin C: 0.1% | Calcium: 1.9% | Iron: 3%
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Comments

  1. I love my snack bites! These are wonderful dear!

  2. I love making these sort of treats!

  3. Medjool Dates are so amazing. So sweet. So perfect. I love these to tide me over. Better than most other “snacks” 😀

  4. I love your tips and tricks! I only recently found Medjool dates. Yum! 😀 And these balls look so delicious!

  5. These sound like perfect little pick-me-ups! I love date-sweetened treats (the texture is pleasing to me), so I definitely want to give these a try.

  6. I love dates, and these energy balls look so delicious! The perfect snack after a good workout!!!

  7. I love using dates to sweeten recipes and these no bake energy balls look delish!

  8. Dates are such a good natural sweetener! These look really good 🙂

  9. These turned out great, even without the coconut. I added some to my kids’ lunchbox and they loved them. Thank you for the recipe.

  10. I keep a jar of these handy. A quick burst of energy to get me through a busy day. The kids love them as well. Great snack before/after soccer.

  11. These are very good& helps with my sugar fix! But I had never bought or eaten a date so I didn’t realize they had seeds. When I chopped them in my processor it cracked it! Note to self ! Take out seeds before adding to processor!

  12. Ttrockwood says

    I just had a tester from a batch i made for my best friend who is a new mommy, they’re fantastic! I used 1/4c ground flax and 1/4c chia seeds, and added a good sized pinch of salt. Instead of coconut inside i used hemp seeds. But my nut butter was extra drippy so the balls were still very “wet”, so i rolled them in some coconut!
    Really delicious, and i love that these are easily made vegan!

  13. How long will these keep in the fridge?

  14. These are so delicious! My kids love them and so do I. I used 10-11 dates the second time I made them because 8 didn’t seem to be enough to keep them together the first time. I also use enjoy life mini chips to make them dairy-free.

  15. These are great. I used flax seeds and hemp seeds as I didn’t have chia seeds. Great recipe and a great snack for my sporty kids.

  16. Gene Prudhon says

    My first attempt at date balls found me mixing the dates into a paste by hand. Hard and messy work. I’ve purchased a pound of date paste and look forward to using this recipe.

  17. I love this recipe! I was wondering if for a change you think it would work with cashew butter and Craisins? How would you alter the recipe? I tried one I found with those ingredients but it wouldn’t hold together. Wondered about using the date paste as I think that’s a key ingredient in holding these together.

    • Absolutely! Sub cashew butter for sunflower seed butter and sub Craisins for chocolate chips. Keep the amounts of the oatmeal and other ingredients the same. The date paste serves as the sweetener AND helps hold everything together along with the nut butter. You can make the date paste ahead of time and store in the refrigerator (just did a post on that-see link in post) If you go that route, then use about 1/2 cup of the date paste and add more to taste if desired. 🙂

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