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Vegan Energy Balls with Dates and Nuts

Vegan Energy Balls with dates and nuts

  • Author: Challenge 22


A few energy balls can make a tasty and filling snack. Ours use dates as a natural sweetener. Thanks to their nutritional fiber content, they don’t tend to cause an increase in blood sugar, making this recipe suitable for diabetic people (of course, you should always consult your dietician about any specific medical conditions).


  • 500 g. pitted dates
  • 1 cup of walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons of tahini (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons of peanut butter (pure/natural is best)
  • 1 cup of shredded coconut


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


  • You can also use regular dates, medjool are best!
  • The coconut can be substituted with sesame seeds, fine-ground oats, ground flax seeds or even cocoa. 1
  • For an even faster version with no need for a food processor: mix 2 cups of oatmeal with 6 tablespoons of peanut butter and 6 tablespoons of date honey 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 simple, delicious and great to serve guests. It’s easiest to pit fresh dates after cooling slightly.
  • Prefer chocolate? Here’s a recipe for our favorite chocolate balls!
  • Try our weekly plant based meal plan for more tasty ideas!