When life gets busy, I love a quick and easy treat like these Date-Hemp Energy Balls. With the natural sweetness from dates and no refined sugar, this is a healthy recipe for active kids and adults. Make these quickly and store them in your fridge to snack on all week!
I got so many nice messages on my post from yesterday. Thank you!!!
As promised, I’m not about promoting a diet that over-restricts. But, we can all agree that natural, whole foods are ideal, right? Whether we are in the position to choose the ideal is another story <—no judgement, just do your best is my motto! For most of the desserts in my kitchen, I use dates as my sweetener (see all my dessert recipes from over the years here).
Medjool dates are so plump and moist, and have the added benefit of being chock full of minerals and fiber. Full disclosure: this is a sponsored conversation with Natural Delights Medjool Dates; all opinions are my own.
I combined whole dates with hemp and pumpkin seeds in this recipe, plus carob, vanilla, coconut flour, and coconut oil. I rolled the Hemp-Date Balls in some toasted coconut at the end to make ’em pretty.
That’s it, no added sugar necessary.
You will need a food processor (I like this one), but then you just use your hands to make the balls. A tablespoon of coconut oil helps to bind the ingredients. You end up with a flakey, chewy, and oh-so-satisfying treat for your next coffee or tea break, depending on how much energy you actually want, ha.Print
Date-Hemp Energy Balls
A delicious and satisfying healthy treat, these Date-Hemp Energy Balls are super easy and great for kids.
- Prep Time: 10 min
- Cook Time: 15 min
- Total Time: 25 minutes
- Yield: 12
- Category: Dessert
- Method: Raw
- Cuisine: Vegan, Paleo
- 1 cup pumpkin seeds
- ¼ cup hemp seeds
- 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (about 10 large)
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 1 teaspoon carob or cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons toasted shredded coconut for topping (optional)
- Combine the pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, pitted dates, coconut flour, carob or cocoa powder, coconut oil, and vanilla extract in the bowl of a food processor.
- Pulse on high to combine; about 45 seconds total.
- Pour the mixture into a medium mixing bowl and use your hands to form 12 energy balls.
- If desired, place the toasted coconut on a plate and roll each ball over the coconut as a topping.
- Chill for at least 30 minutes before serving.
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