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Energy balls piled into a bowl

Date Energy Balls

These 5-minute, nut-free date energy balls make an ideal lunch box treat or healthy anytime snack.
Course Cookies and Bars, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 16 balls
Calories 81kcal
Author Ann Otis


  • ½ cup oats any kind will do (Old-fashioned, quick-cooking etc)
  • ½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • ¼ cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1.5 cups pitted Medjool dates about 16
  • 2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup finely chopped pretzels optional


  • Place the oatmeal and coconut in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times until finely ground.
  • Add the cocoa powder, dates, sunflower seeds, and maple syrup and pulse to combine until the mixture comes together in a sort of dough. Add a few more drops of maple syrup if it's not quite coming together, and pulse again.
  • Roll mixture into 1 inch balls and roll in the chopped pretzels if desired.



Storage: Store in an airtight container at room temperature for 5-7 days, or freeze on a lined baking sheet and transfer to a freezer bag. Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.


Calories: 81kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 152mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 21IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg