Walnut date balls have a caramel-type sweetness from the dates, a slight whisper of coconut, and a nice walnut crunch. If you’re wanting a hit of some healthy sweetness that’s not over the top, these date energy balls fit the bill.
Date Energy Balls = Natures solution to healthy energy!
Walnut Date Balls
Whip up a yummy and healthy energy ball snack in minutes with this Walnut Date Balls recipe! This delicious snack is super quick and easy to make. I promise you; this recipe’s a keeper!
These date balls are super simple to prepare. You can pretty much use any type of nut you prefer; pecans, macadamia, and so on for this recipe. Personally, I think walnuts are best because their slight bitterness pairs really nicely with the sweetness of the dates.
As for the dates, you can use either the ones with seeds or the seedless variety. But I highly recommend using Medjool dates because of their sweet, sticky, and subtle caramel-like flavor.
What’s so great about dates?
Dates come from the date palm tree, which is grown in many tropical regions of the world. Did you know that Medjool dates were grown in the United States starting in 1904??
They are high in fiber yet sweet, making them IDEAL for so man baked goods like cookies, squares and bars.
Also, they’re really popular as a natural sweetener because of their nutritious benefits like vitamins, fiber, and antioxidants. So, trust me when I say that they are still worth adding to your diet.
They’re chewy, sweet and a great grab-n-go snack for any occasion. I mean…what more can you ask for?
Here’s how to make walnut date balls:
- Soak the dates in warm water for about an hour (or more) to soften them up and make them more pliable. Do not discard the date water. You can use it to sweeten your coffee/tea!
- Take the dates out of the water and into the food processor, reserving the water they were soaked in.
- Add coconut and process it up.
- Add melted coconut oil.
- If the mixture seems too dry, add a tablespoon or so of the date water earlier reserved to help add some moisture.
- After processing, use a small cookie scoop (1 tablespoon measurement) and scoop mounds onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Roll out each mound into a perfect ball shape and then roll in crushed walnuts.
- Place all the balls in the fridge to set up and harden.
And that’s it! You can check out the full recipe below.
Date Ball Storage Solutions
Storing is easy. These walnut date balls freeze pretty well without changing the texture much. It’s a good idea to separate the layers if you want to stack them, with parchment paper. They’ll be awesome for approximately 2 months.
For fridge storage, they’ll last for a good 2 weeks as long as they’re kept in air tight containers.
But you should check them periodically for dryness. As long as they’re being kept air-tight, there should be no issues with the date balls drying out.
- 20 dates, seedless
- 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 TBSP coconut oil, melted
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1c Walnuts, diced small or crushed.
- Boil enough hot water to cover the dates. Let the dates steep for at least 30 minutes or until the water completley cools off.
- Place the dates and the coconut into the food processor. Mix it up until the mixture resembles a paste that sticks together. See notes for extra information.
- Add the coconut oil and the vanilla. Mix thoroughly again.
- On a parchment lined baking sheet, measure out the date paste into balls, approximately 1 tablespoon amounts.
- Place the walnut into a container and roll each date ball in the walnuts.
- Put the rolled date balls onto the tray and place in the fridge for at least 2 hours to let them set up, and the coconut oil help harden the balls.
The fresher the ingredients (walnuts, dates, etc) the better your end product.
Don't discard the date soaking water, it's wonderful for sweetening your coffee/tea, or even warm milk at night!!
If, during processing the date mixture, you find it a bit on the dry side, use the reserved date soaking water to add a bit more moisture to the energy balls.
These make great, on-the-go snacks that provide excellent boosts of energy in a healthy way.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 3mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 3gSugar: 8gProtein: 2g
All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods, and portion sizes per household.