When life gets busy, make a quick and easy treat like these healthy Vegan Energy Balls. Make these quickly and store them in your fridge to snack on all week!

vegan energy balls with toasted coconut

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With the natural sweetness from dates and no refined sugar, energy bites are a healthy recipe for active kids and adults. What are energy bites? They’re raw, vegan treats made with nuts and seeds, and held together with dates and coconut oil or nut butter.

Whether you need a quick snack for the kiddos or for your next coffee break, you’re going to love these Vegan Energy Balls!

energy balls on a platter with cup of coffee

Using Dates

For most of the desserts in my kitchen, I use dates as my sweetener (see all my dessert recipes from over the years).

Medjool dates are so plump and moist, and have the added benefit of being chock full of minerals and fiber. They’re one of the most nutrient-dense sweeteners you can use in your kitchen.

See my related article with the best sugar substitutes when you’re trying to cut back on refined sugars.

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Recipe Overview

Making homemade energy bites is so easy. For this recipe, I combined whole dates with hemp and pumpkin seeds in this recipe, plus cocoa, vanilla, coconut flour, and coconut oil. I rolled these Vegan Energy Balls in some toasted coconut at the end to make them pretty.

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.

Also, Iif you like this recipe, you might also like my epic round-up of the best gluten-free and vegan cookie recipes.

plate of energy balls with strawberries

Here is the printable recipe:

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Vegan Energy Balls

energy balls on a plate

You’re going to love these easy Vegan Energy Balls that are also gluten-free.

  • Author: Carrie Forrest, MPH in Nutrition
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 15 min
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: Vegan, gluten-free, healthy
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Ingredients

  • 1 cup pumpkin seeds
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted (about 10 large)
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon cocoa powder or cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons toasted shredded coconut for topping (optional)*

Instructions

  • Combine the pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, pitted dates, coconut flour, 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.

Notes

*To toast the coconut, place it in a dry skillet over low heat. Let the coconut toast for about 3-4 minutes, being careful to not let it burn.

Keywords: how to make energy balls using dates and nuts, gluten-free cookies, no-bake vegan cookies

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