Raw Date Energy Balls

by Jen on May 3, 2012

Hi, and welcome.

I’ve got a healthy treat recipe for you today.

Have you tried eating dates?  I love them.  However, just one is enough as they are pretty sweet.  Because of their sweetness, I sometimes use them in baking to replace sugar.  Dates are the perfect energy boosting snack because they contain natural sugars such a fructose, glucose, and sucrose which is quickly used by our bodies.

And of course, the obvious, dates are high in fibre.  So if you need to get things moving, eat a date!

I’ve had a big box of Medjool dates sitting in my fridge for the past few weeks, and I wanted to start using them up.  So after sifting through a few recipes, I came up with these Raw Date Energy Balls.


These little balls are the perfect afternoon pick-me-up.  I’m always looking for a quick afternoon snack for the kids, and these Date Balls were a hit.  Two out of my three kids called them chocolate balls.  And I would tend to agree with them, these balls had a bit of a mocha flavour to them.  Delish.


Raw Date Energy Balls


Prep Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 24 balls

Serving Size: 1 energy ball




  • 8 dates, seeded and finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cup natural almond butter (can substitute peanut butter)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 Tbsp mini chocolate chips


  1. Cover chopped dates with boiling water and let soak for 2 minutes.
  2. Drain water from dates and throw dates into a Vitamix or other blender. Mix until the dates form a paste. Add almond butter and vanilla and mix together.
  3. Use a rubber spatula to scoop out date mixture into a small bowl. Stir in flour, flax, and coconut flakes until combined (add more flour if it's too wet). Stir in chocolate chips.
  4. Roll into small balls and place on a parchment lined cookie sheet. Let balls set in fridge for about 30 minutes.


I made 24 energy balls out of this recipe, but you could make smaller balls to increase the quantity.



I love the fact that these are healthy and totally easy to make.  No baking required.  I stored half of them in a zipper-lock bag in the freezer and the other half in the fridge.  And at just under 75 calories per ball, you don’t need to feel guilty about eating one.

These Energy Balls would be perfect to bring along to your kids’ soccer games!  Just tell the other kids that they are chocolate balls…they won’t know the difference.

You could also try making my Almond Crunch Balls for something a little different!

Okay, that’s enough “ball” talk.  I can just imagine what search words are going to bring people here Winking smile

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{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Alison May 4, 2012 at 11:27 am

These look amazing, Must try. 🙂 Thanks!


2 Jen May 4, 2012 at 4:32 pm

These are a great little snack! Enjoy 🙂


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