15-Minute Recipe: No-Bake Energy Balls With Dates

Updated on January 1, 2020
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David experiments with new formulations while working as a chemist and he experiments with new recipes while at home in his kitchen.

This article will show you how to make energy balls with dates.
This article will show you how to make energy balls with dates. | Source

No-bake energy balls are literally one of the easiest and quickest things to make. They are the perfect convenient snack, packed full of nutrients, complex carbs, natural sugars, and protein. An ideal choice to satisfy a sugar craving and a healthy alternative to candy.

To make this snack, just pop your ingredients into a food processor, blitz for a few seconds, and voilà. OK, maybe it's not that simple, as you still need to use your hands a little to make the balls. But this is still a no-bake recipe so it requires absolutely no cooking time. You are essentially producing raw energy balls.

Mix It Up With Different Toppings

This recipe is for plain and simple energy balls, although feel free to experiment with various toppings. Since I always seem to have a never-ending supply of desiccated coconut in the cupboard, I often use this to coat the balls. This also adds a little contrast and definition. If you're a bit nutty, you could also coat with chopped pistachios. These would provide a subtle saltiness to complement the sweetness. They would also add a pop of green colour.

What's great about using dates in this recipe is that they add both nutrition and a natural sweetness. As such, you may, or may not, require any additional sweetness. Since I like things sweet, I do use a drop of honey in this recipe, although this is totally optional and all depends on your preference. If you do wish to add a little extra sweetness other than honey, you may try agave or maple syrup.

Pecans are used in this recipe. Again, if you wish, you may use an alternative nut. Haven't tried it myself, but I have a feeling that walnuts would be awesome, or even almonds, Brazil nuts, or macadamias.

I also add peanut butter to the mixture, mainly to help hold it together, but it also adds a little protein and a great nutty flavour. If you wish, please feel free to substitute this with almond butter or even cashew butter, if this tickles your fancy.

Last but not least, the oats provide much body and texture. They are a healthy source of carbohydrates and also add a little protein to the energy bites. While the natural sugars from the fruit and honey will give you a faster fix of energy, the complex carbohydrates from the oats release energy slowly over time—killing two birds with one stone.

Energy Balls With Dates Recipe
Energy Balls With Dates Recipe | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: 12 energy balls


  • 14 dates, pitted
  • 16 pecans (or walnuts, Brazils, or macadamias)
  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter (or almond butter or cashew butter)
  • 1 tablespoon honey (or agave or maple syrup), (If you don't like it too sweet, then simply substitute with water)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • desiccated coconut (optional), to coat
Be sure to remove the pits from your dates before adding them to your food processor.
Be sure to remove the pits from your dates before adding them to your food processor. | Source

How to Make No-Bake Energy Balls With Dates

Here's how to make your own energy balls with dates at home.

Step 1

Pit the dates by slicing lengthways across using a sharp knife. Pull open the dates and remove the pit. You certainly don't want to leave these in, unless you're looking for a broken tooth.

Step 2

Place the pitted dates into a food processor and blend on a high speed until you achieve a coarse meal (see picture below).

Be careful not to process your nuts too much or they will end up like a powder.
Be careful not to process your nuts too much or they will end up like a powder. | Source

Step 3

To the processed dates, add the oats and pecans (or any nut you feel is suitable). Process on high speed for a few seconds to incorporate. You don't want to over-chop the nuts or they will end up like a powder.

Step 4

Finally, add the water and honey. If not using honey, then simply substitute with water. Blend on a high speed for a few seconds until all are incorporated. The mixture should pull together and clump. The mixture must clump or the balls may not hold their shape.

The mixture should pull together and clump, otherwise the balls may not hold their shape.
The mixture should pull together and clump, otherwise the balls may not hold their shape. | Source

Step 5

Between the palm of your hands, roll a portion of the mixture into a ball shape. If it doesn't hold its shape, then add another tablespoon of water to the mixture and incorporate. If the mixture holds, then roll portions of the mixture into evenly sized balls.

Step 6

If you fancy a topping, rolling your energy balls in desiccated coconut works extremely well. Feel free to experiment with other toppings and let me know what you think. I have a feeling that pistachios, macadamias, Brazil nuts, or walnuts would work very well. These would also be packed full of nutrients, fiber, and protein.

Feel free to mix up your energy balls with different toppings, such as desiccated coconut.
Feel free to mix up your energy balls with different toppings, such as desiccated coconut. | Source


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      Hannah Flack 

      4 months ago

      I made spaghetti squash for the first time last night and LOVED it! I started eating gluten free recently, and my gluten-eating BF was craving pasta I tried spaghetti squash. He tried a bit of mine, and liked it – so it looks like i’ll be searching out more spaghetti squash recipes!

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      5 months ago from USA

      I love dates. I literally can snack these fruits anytime when I feel hungry but, wanting for something light and healthy. Occasionally, I used dates to make sticky dates pudding and dates bread. Thanks for sharing this great recipe. I should try to make it next!

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      14 months ago

      You didn’t mention the peanut butter in the directions. So I forgot the peanut butter and they were delicious!

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      Cocoa Bean 

      19 months ago

      YUMM I love the sound of these! Anything with dates is my cup of tea!

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      23 months ago

      These are the easiest energy balls I think I've come across. Thanks for sharing your recipe.


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