Chocolate Date Energy Balls

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No-Bake Chocolate Date Energy Balls Recipe! These healthy energy balls are made in 5 minutes with 8 ingredients and they taste like brownie bites! They are vegan, Paleo gluten-free and have no refined sugar, but you’d never know it! They’re also freezer-friendly! 

overhead view of 13 chocolate date energy balls on a serving board


These chocolate date energy bites are a snack time staple in our house. Skip the pre-packaged snacks and make these energy balls full of wholesome ingredients!.

We love these because they taste like brownie bites, but contain lots of of healthy fats, protein and fiber. They’re also great for pregnant women who are trying to eat dates to prepare for labor (which was described me perfectly for 10 years)!

They are easy to make, have no added sugar (are just sweetened by dates) and are freezer friendly.

front view of chocolate date energy balls on a white serving board

Date Energy Balls: Ingredients & Substitutions

As always, let’s chat about the ingredients in this paleo energy balls recipe, as well as possible substitutions. 

overhead view of the labeled ingredients in this chocolate date energy balls recipe
  • Pecans/Cashews. You can substitute your favorite nuts. Use a total of 1 cup of nuts. I prefer softer nuts (pecans, cashews, walnuts) in this recipe over almonds for a soft and brownie-like texture. 
  • Almond butter. Any nut butter works great in this recipe! My top recommendations are almond butter and cashew butter.
  • Almond milk. Use your favorite non-dairy milk in this recipe.
  • Sea salt. If you use salted nuts, you will want to omit or decrease the amount of sea salt.
Chocolate Date Energy Balls in a bowl, one has a bite taken out of it

How to Make Date Energy Balls

This energy balls recipe only  take a mere 5 minutes to make with 8 ingredients! It’s super easy, but I have some tips to help ensure your e energy-bite-making success! Don’t forget to watch the video too! 

The first step in this recipe is to process the dates and nuts together until a crumbly meal forms. This ensures that there won’t be any large chunks of dates in the final product! 

two overhead photos showing how to make energy balls

Then, add the rest of the ingredients to the date/nut mixture in the food processor and process until mixture just starts to clump together and easily holds together when squeezed.

two overhead photos showing how to make energy balls

Next, measure out 1 Tabespoon portions of the date energy balls mixture, and roll them into balls. Repeat until all the mixture has been used. 

overhead photo showing measuring out date energy balls

Chill & Serve

Place rolled energy bites in a storage container with a lid, and store them in the refrigerator or freezer. These chocolate energy balls are best served cold.

We actually store ours in the freezer! We usually eat them frozen, but sometimes let them thaw a little bit before enjoying them!

overhead view of date energy balls in a glass container

Date Energy Balls Recipe FAQs

How do you store energy balls? 

Store these date energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.

How long do energy balls last? 

These vegan energy balls last for up to 2 weeks in the refrigerator, and 3 months in the freezer if stored properly. 

Chocolate Date Energy Balls on a plate, one has a bite taken out of it

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Chocolate Date Energy Balls (Vegan & Paleo)

Laura
The best chocolate date energy balls recipe! These healthy energy balls are easy to make in 5 minutes with 8 nutritious ingredients and taste like brownie bites.
4.98 from 43 votes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20 Energy Bites
Calories 56.1
Prep Time5 minutes
Chill time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Line a baking pan with wax paper, set aside. (You will not be baking these, you just need a place to set your rolled bites as you make them).
  • Put dates, pecans and cashews in a food processor fitted with an “S” blade or and process until the mixture is fine and uniform throughout.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients in the order listed (cocoa powder, salt, almond butter, almond milk, & vanilla) to the food processor and process until mixture just starts to clump together.
  • Roll 1 Tablespoon portions of the “dough” into balls and place them on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Transfer the rolled energy balls to an airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer until they are chilled/hardened.
  • Serve chilled or room temperature.

Video

Notes

 Ingredients & Substitutions
  • Pecans/Cashews. You can substitute your favorite nuts. Use a total of 1 cup of nuts. I prefer softer nuts (pecans, cashews, walnuts) in this recipe over almonds for a soft and brownie-like texture. 
  • Almond butter. Any nut butter works great in this recipe! My top recommendations are almond butter and cashew butter.
  • Almond milk. Use your favorite non-dairy milk in this recipe.
  • Sea salt. If you use salted nuts, you will want to omit or decrease the amount of sea salt.
Store/Freeze
Store these chocolate energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1energy bite | Calories: 56.1kcal | Carbohydrates: 4.8g | Protein: 1.2g | Fat: 3.7g | Saturated Fat: 0.5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.9g | Sodium: 32.1mg | Potassium: 33.1mg | Fiber: 1.1g | Sugar: 3.4g | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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53 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I have loved these for years!! They are an afternoon snack during “witching hour” for me, I have two. I also often make them when I’m on a road trip, shopping trip or staying at a hotel. Absolutely love these – they are my go to!

  2. 5 stars
    Amaaaaaazing! All family love them!
    I used cashew nuts and a bit of roasted hazelnuts with few spoons of pumpkin seeds and added extra spoon of cocoa powder + spoon of maple syrup. Thank you for amazing recipe!
    Will need to make them again soon as they’ll not last long in our fridge! 😉

  3. 5 stars
    Excellent taste and texture! The perfect snack to quell my cravings at night. I used cashew butter, walnut milk, 1/2 cashews and 1/4 each of pistachios and pecans. Used my food processor to mix up and a cookie scoop to measure. These are really tasty and I’m looking forward to switching up the nuts and butters. Thank you for an awesome recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    These are really good. I just made with pecans (didn’t have cashews on hand) and no almond milk so substituted a tablespoon of water instead. I can’t wait to see my kids’ faces when I tell them I made chocolate “truffles” for dessert! Thank you!

  5. 5 stars
    Wow these are INCREDIBLE! They are the best energy balls I’ve had to-date! They are decadent straight from the freezer. I didn’t have almond milk so I used coconut cream, and I used salted pecans and cashews since that’s what I had on hand. I will probably make them the same way next time since they were perfection!

    1. Thank you so much Danielle! They’re a family favorite around here for sure so it always makes me so happy when other people love them too!

  6. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! I made these balls at 37 weeks pregnant whilst aiming to up my date intake! The only problem is that my husband LOVES them so I’m having to make more now! Thanks for the recipe – just what I was looking for.

    1. I’m so glad you love them! I ate them from week 36 on with all 6 of my pregnancies and had amazing natural deliveries every time!

  7. 5 stars
    Super delicious! Didn’t use 2 cups of dates—that’s too much sugar. Still worked well with about 1 1/3 cup!

    Thanks for the recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    These were awesome! My husband and I really needed a chocolate fix while we near the end of our whole 30 and these were perfect! Thanks for sharing the recipe.