Easy Date Energy Balls with Cocoa & Peanut Butter

This simple recipe for date energy balls comes packed with enough protein and flavor to start your day off on the right foot! These date energy balls make for a great post-workout snack, or a quick breakfast. They’re quick to make and easy to customize!

Date Energy Balls
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Quick and Easy Date Energy Balls

There’s a million energy bars out there, but most of them are loaded with sugar and nonsense filler. These date energy balls are the perfect combination of protein, healthy fats, fiber, sodium and potassium.

The best part about these date energy balls is how easy they are to customize. Here are some of my favorite ways to modify this recipe to make it a little bit different every time:

Swap peanut butter for almond butter– or any other nut butter you prefer

Use 1/2 rolled oats, 1/2 flax seed meal– for additional omega-3s and fiber

Stir in 1/4 chocolate chips- for more chocolatey flavor

Make a chocolate ganache by melting cocoa with coconut oil– because… why not? Remember, these will need to stay refrigerated so they don’t melt!

Swap cocoa for toasted coconut flakes– and use almond butter for “almond joy” date balls


Rolled oats- I’ll be using instant, but any type of quick oats will work as well.

Peanut butter- Crunchy or smooth, make sure to stir it up!

Pitted dates- I love the ones in the refrigerated produce aisle at Trader Joe’s, as they tend to be plump and chewy. Any type of dried date would work as well.

Coarse sea salt- For that savory compliment to this sweet snack.

Cocoa- I’m using unsweetened. This step is optional if it’s not your thing.


Food processor- I definitely recommend a food processor as opposed to a blender. Here is the one I use every day.

Date Energy Balls


Date balls on a grey platter.

Date Energy Balls

These simple yet rich energy bites are packed with flavor and enough protein to get you up and going all day long! Made with peanut butter, oats, and dates, this is a nutritious and satsifying snack, whether you're on the go or not!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 4


  • 1 Food processor
  • 1 Silicone spatula
  • 1 Medium sized bowl
  • 1 Small ramekin


  • 1 cup Pitted dates
  • 1/4 cup Instant oats
  • 1/4 cup Peanut butter
  • 1 tsp Coarse sea salt
  • Cocoa powder, for dusting


  • Combine pitted dates, oats, peanut butter, and sea salt into your food processor. Pulse until the dates are mostly processed, then turn on and let run until the date mixture is smooth, stopping periodically to scrape the sides of the food processor.
  • Pour date mixture into your bowl. Using your hands or an ice cream scoop, make 1-inch balls and place them on a small plate.
  • Using a small ramekin, fill it with cacao. Drop your energy bites into the ramekin and coat with cacao. Serve and enjoy!
Keyword Chocolate, Dates, Peanut butter
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