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Recipe Detail

Date energy ball recipe

By Lynn Grieger, RD, CDE, CPT for Summit Medical Group

Did you know that most energy bars contain added sugar? Make your own quick, delicious, high-energy snacks sweetened naturally with dates that you can take with you on the go in the car, enjoy for a post workout snack, or serve to your kids when they get home from school.


  • 16 Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2/3 cup plain oats, either old-fashioned or steel-cut
  • 1/4 cup shredded unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup peanut or almond butter
  • 3 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground flaxseeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place dates in a food processor and process until almost smooth, adding up to 3 tablespoons of water as needed to help blend.
  2. Add nut butter, cocoa powder, ground flaxseeds, cinnamon and vanilla extract to the food processor and pulse until all ingredients are completely incorporated.
  3. Transfer the mixture to a large bowl.
  4. Stir in the coconut and plain oats.
  5. Scoop mixture into 2-tablespoon balls, rolling with your hands.
  6. Place balls on a baking sheet.
  7. Cover and refrigerate.
Nutritional information
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 ball
Amount Per Serving
Calories 102
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 3g
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 21g 0%
Total Carbohydrate 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 15g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 1%
Calcium 2%
Iron 3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.