Energy Date Balls

These energy date balls are naturally sweetened thanks to dates and made flavorful with nuts and coconut. You’ll love the nutrition (like fiber, omega-3s, vitamins, and minerals), but these old-fashioned date balls don’t skimp on the flavor. Better yet? These treats are made with 6 ingredients and take only minutes to make.

If you love date-sweetened treats, try these Vegan Chocolate Truffles.

A bowl holds several date balls, with more date balls behind it and several dates too.

This old fashioned date balls recipe creates treats that taste so good you’ll want to make a double batch. Why? Because they’re a perfect snack for when you need lots of energy. This treat is naturally vegan, gluten-free, and paleo.

These coconut date balls are sweet, but they’re free of processed sugar, and they scratch that itch for sweet snacks during the day. Like any sweets, it’s hard to eat only one, so make plenty.

Key Ingredients

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

  • Lemon — We’ll use both the zest and the juice of the lemon.
  • Oats — I used rolled oats for this recipe, but you can substitute instant oats.
  • Chia — We’ll add some ground chia seeds to create a thicker texture. You can use whole chia seeds; I just prefer ground because it creates a smoother finished texture.
  • Syrup — I used maple syrup, but you can substitute agave nectar.
  • Milk — We’ll use almond milk for the best overnight oats! Substitute your favorite plant-based milk.
  • Yogurt — I love adding some plant-based yogurt (plain, unsweetened) for an even more tangy flavor.
  • Protein Powder — I add some vanilla protein powder for increased flavor and nutrients. If your protein powder is not sweetened, you may want to add an extra teaspoon or two of sweetener.
  • Cornstarch — We’ll use cornstarch to thicken the lemon curd topping.
  • Turmeric — A pinch of turmeric makes that lemon curd sunny yellow.
  • Medjool dates
  • Raw almonds
  • Walnuts
  • Ground flaxseed
  • Coconut flakes
  • Sesame seeds

Note: I buy most of these products at Costco because it’s more economical.

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Which Dates are Best?

Medjool dates are soft and chewy with a rich, caramel-like flavor. Compared to regular dates that are firmer, Medjool dates are perfect for using raw in these energy date balls. Native to Morocco, Medjool dates may appear like a dried fruit like raisins, but they are a fruit. Removing the pit is crucial as it is hard and can cause damage to your food processor blades. You can find Medjool dates at many stores like Sprouts, health food stores, and even Costco.

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Why This Recipe is a Winner

  • Adding both almonds and walnuts gives a nutty flavor and firmer texture
  • Coconut flakes add delicious flavor
  • Rolling the balls in sesame seeds adds texture and makes these little treats so delightful

Marly’s Tips

If your dates are cold or firm, it helps to heat them up in the microwave to soften them up. Remove the pits first and then chop them into little pieces and put them in a microwave-safe bowl. Then heat in the microwave for 10 to 20 seconds and put a plate over the bowl. This will make the dates tender.

Transform these into peanut butter date balls by substituting 1/4 cup peanut butter for the walnuts.

You might want to check out my Peanut Butter Energy Balls too. Lots of great flavors!

Paleo Energy Bites with Dates

So, these healthy no-bake date balls are energy balls made with Medjool dates instead of a syrup sweetener like my other energy bite recipes. Take, for example, my Red Velvet Energy Bites where I used agave as the sweetener.

The good news is that Medjool dates are OK on a raw diet, a Whole30 diet, and a Paleo diet.

Once processed in the food processor, dates become sticky just like syrup. That means dates create a great binder to hold these paleo power balls together. In addition, they add a nice caramel flavor.

What are the benefits of eating dates?

Dates are a great way of reducing refined sugars in your diet. Besides, dates are rich in plant-based nutrients like fiber, iron, potassium, and protein.

Each date ball has around 112 calories, making them a nutrient-dense treat. We love date energy balls made with almonds and walnuts! I recently made a Sugar Cookie Energy Bites recipe that made its way into Costco Magazine. How fun!

More Energy Balls

A hand holds a date ball above a bowl full of more of the treats.

That’s it for these energy date balls. Enjoy!

A hand holds a date ball, rolling it in sesame seeds.

Energy Date Balls

Make these vegan date balls and enjoy the naturally sweetened treats. They're made with Medjool dates, nuts, and coconut flakes. They taste so good you'll want to make a double batch.
5 from 5 votes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 103kcal


  • 2 cups medjool dates chopped
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons ground flaxseed
  • ½ cup coconut flakes , unsweetened
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds for rolling optional


  • Add dates, almonds, walnuts, ground flaxseed, and coconut flakes in a food processor. Pulse for several seconds, then remove the lid and use a spatula to push ingredients down the side of the bowl. Continue this process until a fairly consistent texture is achieved.
    Oatmeal, dates, and walnuts in a food processor bowl.
  • Roll the batter into balls and roll balls with sesame seeds.
    A hand holds a date ball, rolling it in sesame seeds.
  • Keep date balls stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 5 days.

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If your dates are firm, be sure to soften them up first. Remove the pits and chop into pieces and then place them in a microwave-safe bowl and heat in 10-second increments until tender. Be careful, dates can get very hot very quickly!
Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 161mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Calcium: 32mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


14 Responses to Energy Date Balls

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyStella Reply

    I made these almost exactly to the recipe’s instructions. The only thing I did differently was to add a touch of orange blossom water and I used coconut for rolling. They are delicious. Easy too…!

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Yours looked so lovely too and I loved using the name bon bons. Very cute!

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