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Almond-Date Energy Balls

Energy balls are a perfect snack for post-workout or after during the heat of summer. These almond-date energy balls are full of protein.

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Years ago we made some Oatmeal Energy Balls, and it was time for a new recipe. While those ones are delicious, we wanted to try something different. I’ve also been working on more vegan options for our family.

For this recipe, I used almond butter for the protein and dates as a sweetener. We also had a lot of rice cereal leftover from making Tyler’s Sprinkled Rice Krispies (his own recipe, he was so proud of it!) so I added those to thicken and help hold the almond-date energy balls together.

These are perfect for an after-workout snack, or a summer snack. We like to keep them in the freezer and thaw for about 10 minutes before eating. This way, they are nice and cool when we need it while still giving a healthy snack.

Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup rice cereal
  • 3/8 cup almond butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/8 tsp salt
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Preparation

Mix all ingredients in a food processor or blender.

Pulse until combined, scraping the sides as needed.

Almond-date mixture in a stainless steel bowl on a white wooden surface

Use a cookie scoop to scoop about 1 tbsp each and place it on a cookie sheet.

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Freeze for at least 1 hour. Then you can put them all in a freezer storage container.

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Leftovers

Almond-Date Energy Balls are best when kept in the freezer. They will last for up to 3 months. Take out about 10-15 minutes before you want to eat so they can thaw just a bit.

Recipe

Originally Published On: June 7, 2021

Almond-Date energy ball on a piece of parchment paper with a tray of energy balls behind all on a white wooden surface

Almond-Date Energy Balls

Energy balls are a perfect snack for post-workout or after during the heat of summer. These almond-date energy balls are full of protein.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Freeze Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course:
Snack
Cuisine:
American
Diet
Gluten Free
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Vegan
Keyword:
almond butter
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dates
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energy balls
Dietary Needs:
Dairy-Free
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Egg-Free
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Gluten-Free
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Paleo
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Vegan
Servings: 8
5 from 1 vote

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup rice cereal
  • 3/8 cup almond butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Mix all ingredients in a food processor or blender
  • Pulse until combined, scraping the sides as needed
  • Use a cookie scoop to scoop about 1 tbsp each and place on a cookie sheet
  • Freeze for at least 1 hour

Notes

Best kept in the freezer, thaw for about 10-15 minutes before eating
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Nutrition Facts
Almond-Date Energy Balls
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 140 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 53mg2%
Potassium 226mg6%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 12g13%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 33IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

Almond-Date Energy Balls FAQs

Can I use a substitute for almond butter to make it nut-free?

Yes, you can try sunflower butter with this recipe. I haven’t personally tried it, but that’s a good alternative.

What are dates?

A date is actually a fruit. It looks dried out, but that’s how the fruit always looks.

Where do I find dates in the store?

It depends on your grocery store. Some may have dates in the produce section if you can purchase them fresh. Our store stopped carrying them fresh since they weren’t purchased enough so we have to buy them dried and packaged with other dried fruit such as raisins.

8 thoughts on “Almond-Date Energy Balls”

  1. These sound perfect for my daughter to eat after training or between races – we’re always on the lookout for healthier alternatives to shop-bought energy bars!

  2. Neely Moldovan

    I used to make things like this all the time! I really need to get back to it. This would be great for Liam during camp!

    1. Yes! It’s a great way to have them without just eating a handful. I don’t care for them on their own but will eat almonds in something like this.

  3. I’m definitely going to have to make these. I need something that I can freeze and is perfect to eat after a workout to hold me over until I cook a proper meal.

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