Vegan Energy Balls with Dates and Nuts



Vegan Energy Balls with Dates and Nuts
Vegan Energy Balls with Dates and Nuts | Photo by Sigal Ben David
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Vegan Energy Balls with Dates and Nuts

Vegan Energy Balls with dates and nuts

  • Author: Challenge 22
  • Active Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 15 min
  • Yield: 12 servings 1x
  • Category: Dessert


There’s no need for processed sugar to satisfy your sweet tooth! If you haven’t already, give these vegan energy balls a try because they are guaranteed to conquer your (and your kids’) heart. They are easy to make and you can whip them up in minutes. 

Dates are a natural sweetener and thanks to their nutritional fiber content, they don’t tend to cause an increase in blood sugar (of course, you should always consult your healthcare provider for any specific medical conditions).


  • 2 ¾ cups pitted dates (or 500 g)
  • 1 cup walnuts (or 117 g)
  • 3 tbsp peanut butter, (1-ingredient peanut butter is the best!)
  • 3 tbsp tahini (optional, or you can double the quantity of peanut butter)
  • 1 cup shredded coconut (or 70 g)


  1. In a food processor, pulse the dates, walnuts, tahini, and peanut butter until well combined.
  2. Form about 25 balls from the mixture, making sure to press firmly into shape.
  3. Add some shredded coconut onto a plate, and roll each ball around until coated.
  4. Chill in the refrigerator and serve cold.


  • You can use any kind of dates, but Medjool dates are the best!
  • The coconut can be substituted with sesame seeds, fine-ground oats, ground flax seeds, or even cocoa. 
  • For an even quicker version with no need for a food processor: mix 2 cups of oat flour with 6 tablespoons of peanut butter and 6 tablespoons of date syrup or molasses. Form into about 12 balls, sprinkle fine-ground oats onto a plate, roll the energy balls until coated, and chill.
  • Medjool dates stuffed with nuts are a simple and delicious snack that your guests will love – you can even coat them in dark chocolate! It’s easiest to pit fresh dates after cooling them slightly.
  • These are really adaptable; try adding grated citrus zest, finely chopped crystallized ginger, small chocolate chips, finely chopped nuts, or other favorite flavors to the mix, just before you form them into balls.
  • Prefer chocolate? Here’s a recipe for our favorite chocolate cake!

Keywords: dessert, snack, raw, sweet, dates, easy, under 15 minutes, refined sugar free

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