Finding nutritious snacks that are convenient and tasty can be difficult. This Almond Date Energy Balls Recipe is the solution. These little energy bites are great for a busy lifestyle or to prevent you from getting Hangry! Keep your refrigerator stocked with these cinnamon date balls so when hunger strikes you are ready! This recipe is Paleo compliant, gluten free, grain free and vegan.
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Energy Bites, energy balls, protein balls, bliss balls, power balls or snack balls . . . whatever you want to call them, these little nuggets are perfect for snacking! I prefer to call them energy bites. What can I say, my mind is too far down in the gutter to call any food bliss balls ????
I used to make energy balls several years back, like these Fig & Walnut Energy Bites. At some point I got out of the habit and sort of just forgot about them.
Well they are officially back in my refrigerator. I’m really bad about getting busy, forgetting to eat and skipping meals. All of a sudden I will realize that I’m starving and my first instinct is to reach for junk food. Instead, I can eat one of these energy balls and be satisfied long enough to figure out a healthy meal option.
So not only are these energy bites super easy to make, but they are customizable to your flavor preferences.
I LOVE cinnamon. I didn’t think I could love it any more until I tried Rodelle Ceylon Cinnamon. It has delicate cinnamon flavor, far more mild that we are used to.
That means that these energy bites have the perfect amount of sweetness, nuttiness and spice.
Can you make energy balls in a blender?
Yes and No. It really depends on your blender. If you have an awesome powerful blender it is possible, with a bit of scraping. I use a Vitamix 5200 Blender, but still prefer to use a food processor for energy bites. My Cuisinart food processor is, ummm, vintage ???? If you are looking to buy a good one, here is a more modern Cuisinart Food Processor.
Can energy balls be frozen?
Yes! Follow the recipe and instead of storing in the refrigerator, store them in the freezer. Be sure to use an airtight container or freezer bag. Then just take out as many as you need to thaw out. Once thawed, store in the refrigerator and they are ready for snacking!
Are energy balls good for you?
Yes. But with all things, eat in moderation. While they are made with healthy nuts that are a good source of protein and fiber. Energy bites also contain sweet dried fruit. One or two energy balls make a good snack that will fill you up. You don’t want to eat a entire batch of these in one sitting.
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- These can be made with different nuts if you prefer. Walnuts, pecans or cashews will work fine too.
- Feel free to use a different dried fruit as well. Dried apricots, figs, prunes or raisins will all work. The consistency may change slightly and additional nut butter may be needed.
- These don’t have to be made into balls. Press down into a square dish, refrigerate then cut into bars.
- Don’t like coconut? It can be left out of this recipe.
- Optional Flavor Add-Ins: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Vanilla
- Additional nut butter may be needed for these to stick together. Depending how dry your dates are the consistency will vary. You do not want a crumbly consistency so add as much nut butter as needed during processing. Once the mixture is sticking together it is good to go.
More energy ball recipes for your snacking pleasure →
Fig & Walnut Energy Bites
Cowboy Cookie Energy Bites by Cotter Crunch
Peanut Butter Banana Energy Bites by The Cookie Rookie
Apricot Chia Energy Bites by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
Cinnamon Roll Bliss Balls by The Toasted Pine Nut
Carrot Cake Bliss Balls by Love & Lemons
- 10 Medjool Dates, (pitted, chopped)
- 1 Cup Roasted Almonds
- 1/2 Cup Unsweetened Flaked Coconut
- 1/4 Cup Almond Butter*
- 1 teaspoon Rodelle Ceylon Cinnamon
- Pinch Sea Salt
- 3/4 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut, (for rolling)
- Process dates, almonds, 1/2 cup coconut, almond butter*, cinnamon and salt in food processor to a finely ground consistency.
- Shape mixture into walnut sized balls.
- Take each ball, press and roll into shredded coconut. Re-roll to form into balls. Transfer to a rimmed baking sheet lined with wax paper.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes then transfer to an airtight container. Stop win refrigerator or freezer. (If freezing, remove as many as needed from freezer, thaw then store in refrigerator for snacking)
*Add additional almond butter a little at a time to get a stickier consistency, if needed or preferred.
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