DATE ENERGY BALLS: BLAST FROM THE PAST

Date Energy Balls on Plate

DATE ENERGY BALLS: BLAST FROM THE PAST

by | Jan 15, 2021

Ideally this Date Energy Balls: Blast From The Past recipe should have appeared on this blog before Christmas. Because I’m new to this blogging experiment, my entries thus far are not timed as well as I hope they will be going forward. The great news is that this recipe is a healthy remake of the original date roll enjoyed by my family every Christmas and can be enjoyed every day, not just on holidays. Date Energy Balls are easy to prepare, coming together in just 15 minutes. You can substitute ingredients of your choice, and you can indulge in this healthy treat as an alternative to expensive grocery store energy bars.

As a child growing up in Arkansas, this was one of the favorite holiday recipes that my mother created for friends as gifts and thankfully for our family as well. She only made it during the Christmas holidays, so it was always a treat to look forward to at holiday time.

In anticipation of holiday cooking, I recently pulled out the original recipe card written in my mother’s backward leaning script. Seeing her handwriting always brings wonderful memories of her and my childhood growing up in Arkansas.

Mother's Recipe

The Date Rolls consist of dates, milk, coconut, chopped nuts and 2 cups of sugar, YIKES! I set out to create a healthy snack with less sugar and no dairy. There are so many recipes online for energy bars/balls!! This is nothing really original, just my take on my mom’s great roll.

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Date Energy Balls

Date Energy Balls are easy to prepare, coming together in just 15 minutes. You can substitute ingredients(nuts, dried fruit, chocolate) of your choice, and you can indulge in this healthy treat as an alternative to expensive grocery store energy bars.
Prep Time15 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Course: Snack
Keyword: Dairy free, Gluten free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 14 balls
Calories: 110kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dates pitted
  • 1 cup cashews of other nuts of your choice
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ cup chocolate chips or other add ins of your choice such as toasted or untoasted coconut or dried fruit such as cranberries, cherries or apricots

Instructions

  • Place the pitted dates, cashews and sea salt in a food processor fitted with an S-shaped blade.
  • Process until the dates and cashews are well mixed and the mixture sticks together when you pinch it with your fingers. Experiment with the amount of processing that provides the texture that you desire. Over processing or under processing will affect the results.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips or other add ins of your choice. You can also process the add ins with the dates, cashews and salt if you prefer not to have the larger chocolate chips or other add ins in your energy balls.
  • Scoop the date and cashew mixture by heaping tablespoon into your hands and form into a ball. Continue until you have rolled all of the energy balls.
  • Place the energy balls in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow them to set. Store in the refrigerator for about one week.

Notes

If you like, you can also roll the balls in cocoa powder or toasted or untoasted coconut flakes after they have been formed.
Make sure that your chocolate chips are vegan if you are following a vegan diet

Nutrition

Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 85mg | Potassium: 199mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

You’ll need the following ingredients for your Date Energy Balls….

  • Dates
  • Cashews
  • Sea Salt
  • Chocolate Chips(Make sure that your chocolate chips are vegan if you are following a vegan diet) or you can choose other add-ins such as coconut flakes or dried fruit. Because I have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, I like processing prunes with the date/cashew mixture. Some studies have shown that prunes contain a profile of nutrients that assist with bone formation.
Ingredients for Date Energy Balls

Place the pitted dates, cashews and sea salt in a food processor fitted with an S-shaped blade. Hopefully you’ll have an assistant like I did. He chose the chocolate chips to add in. See my post for tips on cooking with children.

Chase Making Date Energy Balls


Process until the date and cashew mixture sticks together when you pinch it with your fingers. Experiment with the amount of processing that provides the texture that you desire. Over processing or under processing will affect the results.

Date Energy Balls in Food Processor


Stir in the chocolate chips or other add ins of your choice. You can also process the add ins with the dates, cashews and salt if you prefer not to have the larger pieces in your energy balls.

Scoop the date and cashew mixture by heaping tablespoon into your hands and form into a ball. Continue until you have rolled all of the energy balls.


Place the energy balls in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes to allow them to set.

Store the date energy balls in the refrigerator for about one week.

Date Energy Balls On Cutting Board
Date Energy Balls In Bowl

Things You Might Like To Know About This Recipe…

Date Paste

Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree. Western countries typically sell them in their dried form. They are high in nutrients, fiber and antioxidants and with their sweet caramel flavor are a perfect natural alternative to sugar.


Prepare date paste by mixing dates and water in a high speed blender. It is also now available for sale in many grocery stores. Generally you can substitute date paste for sugar in a 1:1 ratio.

You may also enjoy these delicious, healthy, and easy to prepare Dark Chocolate Fruit And Nut Bites.

2 Comments

  1. Alison

    5 stars
    Our kids love this recipe and we have also modified with prunes which surprisingly was also a hit!

    Reply
    • Rebecca

      Yes it’s great with prunes too! You can substitute prunes 1/1 for the dates or use ½ prunes and ½ dates.

      Reply

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