Make these peanut butter energy balls with dates for the healthiest snack ever! Make them with fewer than 10 ingredients, and they’re ready in 10 minutes. They’re filled with shredded coconut, peanut butter, Omega-3 rich ground flax seeds, and chocolate chips.
When I set out to make these chocolate peanut butter energy balls, the idea was to make my favorite peanut butter balls more nutritious.
What I created instead was a delicious treat that we love just as much as cookies. The good news? This peanut butter energy balls recipe is much healthier than cookies, so we enjoy having them around nearly every day!
Why This Recipe is a Winner
- NATURALLY SWEET — Using dates means these energy bites are naturally-sweetened with no added refined sugars
- HEALTHY — Ground flaxseed creates a perfect texture for these bites and contributes healthy omega-3s.
- ENTICING — Dark chocolate chips add delicious chocolate flavor to every bite!
What You Need
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.
- Peanut butter — You can use creamy or natural peanut butter for this recipe or substitute almond butter or seed butter.
- Medjool Dates — Prefer your energy balls without dates? You can substitute 1/4 to 1/2 cup of agave nectar or maple syrup.
- Vanilla — Use a teaspoon of vanilla extract. Substitute a scrape of fresh vanilla beans. I also add coconut extract when I want more coconut flavor. I use a drop of banana extract for banana flavor.
- Oats — We’ll use rolled oats for the best texture. You can use instant oats, but you may need to add more.
- Coconut flakes — Use unsweetened coconut flakes.
- Ground flaxseed — The recipe calls for 1/2 cup of ground flaxseeds. Some people find the flavor is too much. Experiment by reducing it to 1/4 cup (or somewhere in between). Reduce the peanut butter or add a bit more oats to compensate.
- Chocolate chips — Use this guide to find the best dairy-free chocolate chip brands, including some that are sugar-free.
What Are Medjool Dates?
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 energy date balls. Remove the pit to prevent damage to your food processor blades. Buy Medjool dates at stores like Sprouts, health food stores, and Costco.
Store energy bites in an airtight container where they will keep at room temperature for up to 7 days or in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. You can freeze them in freezer-safe containers for up to 2 months.
How many calories are in peanut butter energy balls?
Depending on the size of the energy ball, there are anywhere from 90–110 calories each. However, because they’re loaded with fiber and healthy fats, each energy ball is filling and delicious!
Are energy balls good for you?
Energy balls with dates are made with nutritious and filling ingredients, like oats, flax meal, spices, and more. Each energy ball is typically full of fiber, protein, Omega-3s, and even healthful fats. They’re a perfect nutritious snack!
Also, if you love chocolate and peanut butter, these homemade Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups are low in sugar and delicious!
Use these tips to make these peanut butter energy balls perfect every time:
- Add a couple of tablespoons of cocoa powder to make chocolate peanut butter energy balls.
- After you mix it up in the food processor, pinch a little bit of the dough off and see if it packs together nicely. If not, add more peanut butter or some maple syrup to add “stickiness.”
- Roll them into balls right away, as the dough has less binding power as it sits.
Peanut Butter Oat Energy Balls
These homemade peanut butter protein balls are:
- Easy to make — make them with less than 10 ingredients and 10 minutes!
- Good For You — they’re packed with Omega 3s from flax seeds
- Lightly sweetened — they’re a perfect lightly sweet treat
- Satisfying — with the addition of dark chocolate chips, they’re so satisfying
- Energetic — they’re a perfect pick-me-up snack or breakfast!
Peanut Butter Date Balls
- Place the oats and pitted dates in a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.
- Add the remaining ingredients except for the chocolate chips and pulse for a few seconds. Use a spatula to push down the ingredients and pulse again until the ingredients are combined. Test the batter. It should stick together between your fingers. If not, add another date or two and pulse to combine.
- Add the chocolate chips and pulse in short bursts until combined. Reserve a few chocolate chips to roll the finished energy balls to make them look irresistible.
- Roll the dough into bite-size balls, roll in reserved chocolate chips, and then store in the fridge. Allow the energy balls some time to chill in the fridge for about 5 to 10 minutes before serving to allow them to firm up or eat them in their ooey-gooey room temperature state.
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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.