healthy raw chocolate date balls

Chocolate Date Balls (Energy Balls)

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These healthy chocolate date balls are vegan, gluten free and very easy to make. These no bake energy balls are a great healthy snack for busy days!

Raw chocolate date balls , also known as no bake energy balls are my newest OBSESSION!

Now that my little one is an active toddler, I need to keep my ENERGY levels up and thankfully, my friends introduced me to energy balls.

These RAW energy balls for chocolate lovers are a dream come true… So FUDGY and delicious!

I like to roll these vegan, gluten-free chocolate coconut date balls in all sorts of things like like sprinkles, toasted sesame seeds… just to add that extra OOMPH!

My FAVORITE are the coconut covered balls BUT my little one is quite fond of the sprinkle ones…heheh. 

Also, you can DIP these in energy bites in melted white chocolate and make white chocolate date balls, although that would reduce the health factor..lol. So, dipping them in melted dark chocolate would be a wiser choice! 😉

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Like most people, I had a lot of QUESTIONS and after a lot of trials, I have ANSWERS…

Are energy balls good for you? Are energy balls healthy? How healthy are energy balls?
Yes, they are good for you since they are made with good wholesome ingredients that make your body stronger. My energy balls recipe is made with dates, coconut, cocoa powder and nuts. However, you can modify this energy balls recipe to suit your own needs by adding protein powder, flax seed, sunflower seeds, quinoa, granola, oats and even some almond butter or coconut oil.

By the way, I also have a chocolate peanut butter cranberry energy balls recipe that’s perfect for peanut butter lovers and also good for you!

Are energy balls gluten free? 
Yes, as long as you DON’T use any flour or wheat in your recipe. Also, remember to use use certified gluten free oats.

How to make energy balls recipe?
There are various recipes for energy balls or energy bites. Pretty much, all of them are very easy to make and simply require you to dump all the ingredients in a food processor and make a thick mixture and then roll it into small balls. That’s it!

How to store energy balls? Can I freeze energy balls?
Store leftovers in a sealed airtight container in the fridge. You can even place them in an airtight container and freeze them up to 1 month.

healthy chocolate date balls 1These chocolate date balls are GREAT for many reasons:

  • Toddlers and kids of any age LOVE these raw energy bites and can’t even tell they are healthy, making it perfect for a snack or breakfast on the go!
  • These energy bites have no artificial sugars, which makes it a great snack or dessert for diabetics and those who are going through weight loss (obviously, moderation is key!).
  • Energy balls are perfect for athletes like runners and and others who enjoy hiking and active sports.
  • They even keep you energized during pregnancy or when you are breastfeeding.

healthy chocolate date balls 3To make these raw chocolate date balls, you will need the following ingredients:

1/3 cup pecans
1/3 cup almonds
1 1/3 cups dates (I buy the pitted ones)
3 tbsp shredded coconut
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1-2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (according to your preference)
1-2 tbsp soy milk or water
1/2 cup sprinkles (for covering your balls)
1/2 cup toasted sesame seeds (for covering your balls)
1/2 cup shredded coconut (for covering your balls)

Notes:
– I keep playing around with the amount of cocoa powder. Sometimes, I add 1 tbsp and sometimes I add 2 tbsp. I suggest adding 1 tbsp first and then tasting the batter. If you feel like you want it to be more choco-licious, add more cocoa powder 🙂
– You can also omit cocoa powder completely if you prefer a more “nutty/datey” flavor.
– Depending on the quality of your dates, you might end up with a dry mixture. To fix that, you will need to add some milk or water (whichever you prefer). That will make the mixture softer and easy for you to make ball shapes.
– It’s easier to make balls if you wear disposable plastic gloves or if your dampen your hands slightly. 

And here are the steps:

Step 1:
Add all ingredients in a food processor and mix until everything is thoroughly crushed and combined.

Step 2:
Make small balls out of the mixture.

Step 3:
Then, roll them around in whatever you like (sprinkles, toasted sesame seeds or shredded coconut).
And you are done! Eat as many as you like and store leftovers in airtight container in the fridge.

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Chocolate Date Balls (Energy Balls)
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Serves: 15 balls
 
These healthy chocolate date balls are vegan, gluten free and very easy to make. These no bake energy balls are a great healthy snack for busy days!
Ingredients
  • ⅓ cup pecans
  • ⅓ cup almonds
  • 1⅓ cups dates (I buy the pitted ones)
  • 3 tbsp shredded coconut
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder (according to your preference)
  • 1-2 tbsp soy milk or water
  • ½ cup sprinkles (for covering your balls)
  • ½ cup toasted sesame seeds (for covering your balls)
  • ½ cup shredded coconut (for covering your balls)
Instructions
  1. Add all ingredients in a food processor and mix until everything is thoroughly crushed and combined.
  2. Make small balls out of the mixture.
  3. Then, roll them around in whatever you like (sprinkles, toasted sesame seeds or shredded coconut).
  4. And you are done! Eat as many as you like and store leftovers in airtight container in the fridge.
Notes
- I keep playing around with the amount of cocoa powder. Sometimes, I add 1 tbsp and sometimes I add 2 tbsp. I suggest adding 1 tbsp first and then tasting the batter. If you feel like you want it to be more choco-licious, add more cocoa powder :)
- You can also omit cocoa powder completely if you prefer a more "nutty/datey" flavor.
- Depending on the quality of your dates, you might end up with a dry mixture. To fix that, you will need to add some milk or water (whichever you prefer). That will make the mixture softer and easy for you to make ball shapes.
- It's easier to make balls if you wear disposable plastic gloves or if your dampen your hands slightly.

Well, that’s all for today.

If you liked this post, you amy like some of these other healthy snacks too…

Healthy chocolate blueberry truffles

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Healthy peanut butter chocolate chip cookies

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Strawberry coconut bars

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Until next time, tata my lovelies!

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18 Comments

  1. Brooks

    March 6, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Abeer, these bite-sized morsels look sensational! The ones with toasted sesame seed especially intrigue. Lovely work, my friend.

  2. The Squishy Monster

    March 6, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Chocolate and dates, two of my favorite ingredients…these look great!

  3. Leelabean

    March 6, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Mmm, i want these now! I am definitely gonna make these tonight!! Thanks for this recipe! 🙂

  4. Coffee and Crumpets

    March 6, 2014 at 9:58 pm

    These are delicious! A friend made me something similar last Ramadan and I gobbled them all up! I love your sprinkle and sesame seed ones. They’re so pretty!

  5. Choc Chip Uru

    March 7, 2014 at 1:44 am

    Delicious looking date balls 😀

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  6. Mary Frances

    March 7, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Oh my goodness! This reminds me of some vegan truffles I had years ago. They were so good, and I was so sad when I couldn’t find a recipe. Yours look amazing!

  7. I Wilkerson

    March 8, 2014 at 6:22 am

    These are great pictures! They look very light and tasty.

  8. Daniela

    March 8, 2014 at 7:42 am

    They do not only look great but the sound great too.
    Chocolate and dates is always a wonderful combination and provides so much energy.

  9. Ella Home Cooking Adventure

    March 9, 2014 at 8:09 am

    I love these kind of healthy treats, quick and delicious. Yours are looking totally amazing.

  10. Sandy

    December 10, 2014 at 12:43 am

    You can give them to kids from age 3 as well replacing chocolates and they will never know the difference- just increase the cocoa and roll them in coconut. I color the coconut with good coloring and make different

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      December 10, 2014 at 3:09 am

      That’s a great idea Sandy! My 2 year old likes munching on these too. He likes them dipped in melted chocolate though…lol

  11. lucyann

    March 13, 2016 at 1:41 pm

    i had some dates in my fridge that were rather dried out; i had to cook them to get the pits out and then i ended up with soggy dates. Saw this recipe and decided to made these with only the mushy Dates, rolled oats, and chia seeds. I I only put the dates in the food processer; I left the oats whole and added the chia seeds and put the mixture in the fridge overnight.
    PERFECT texture … tasted yummy even without the cocoa!

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      March 13, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Mmmmmmmm…. That sounds delicious! Such a great way to use up dried up dates. I want a few to munch on now…heheh 😉

  12. Janet

    September 19, 2016 at 5:29 pm

    Can I leave out the coconut nod replace with something else?

    1. Abeer Rizvi

      September 19, 2016 at 9:22 pm

      Hi Janet, you can probably replace with finely ground oats but I am positive it’s going to change the flavor and texture :S If you try this replacement or something else, do let me know how it turns out 🙂

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