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Chocolate Date balls

Loaded with wholesome ingredients and no added sugar. These chocolate date balls are packed with protein, fiber, and clean energy! The perfect snack when you’re craving something sweet or need an afternoon snack. Quick to make and no baking needed.

Natures candy! Do you love dates as much as I do? I cook with them, bake with them, and throw these little gems in smoothies. Yet this is my first go-around making date balls, or also known as energy balls. Now I always have a batch in the fridge as a grab-and-go snack or when a sweet craving sneaks up.

There are SO many ways to make these little power balls, but I’m especially excited to share this recipe. These chocolate date balls really satisfy a sweet chocolate craving! Plus, I didn’t add natural sugars or oats, and instead added quinoa! It’s another great source of plant protein.

Close up of chocolate date ball

The Skinny On Dates!

For the longest time, dates were not a food I would eat because of the sugar. Yes, it’s a natural sugar, but still…Then the nutrition nerd that I am got me investigating, and I was astonished at the host of health benefits these little morsels have when eaten in moderation.

* Please note I’m not making any health claims. The information I share is through my own online research.

  • Powerful anti-inflammatory properties that are known to have medicinal value in various diseases. Cool!
  • Fiber-rich and better digestion, dates are referred to as little gut cleansers and can aid in shedding weight too
  • They contain potent antioxidants, which protect your cells from free radicals...I know, boring, right? But important! Higher than plums and figs even.
  • Brain health/function was in quite a bit of research studies. Lots of B6

Ingredient Notes, And Substitutions

Ingredients for Chocolate Date Balls

Dates ~ There are quite a few varieties of them. I use the Medjool dates as they are easy to find

Peanut butter ~ Any nut butter works beautifully, or even a combination.

Quinoa ~ There are so many wonderful things about quinoa! It comes from a plant; however, it is referred to as “pseudograin” It’s gluten-free and nutrient-dense too. Quinoa also has a mild nutty flavor and is high in protein and fiber. It’s completely optional, but I love the texture it adds.

Coconut oil ~ Helps bind all the ingredients. Not a coconut fan? Try using avocado oil. Or some brands, such as Crisco, carry orderless and tasteless ones.

Flaxseed meal & chia seeds ~ These are great add-ins for extra fiber, protein, and omega-3 fatty acids, and both have a slightly nutty flavor. They can be easily found in most grocery stores.

Cocoa powder ~ A must, of course, for that chocolaty taste! Make sure to use unsweetened, though.

Walnuts ~ Feel free to use any nut you choose.

Maple syrup or honey ~ Optional, and I did not use either of them in this recipe.

Coconut flakes ~ Optional. As well as crushed nuts and cocoa powder for rolling the dates in.

DAte ball on a plate with cocnut and cruched walnuts

Frequently Asked Questions About Chocolate Date Balls

What if the date balls are too wet?

Add a little wheat, oat, or almond flour. The finer, the better, so pulse those ingredients in a processor. Alternatively, you can take whole oats and pulse until you get a fine powder.

What if the date balls are too dry?

Add a little nut butter, coconut oil, honey, maple syrup, or water to combine the mixture.

Can I freeze the chocolate date balls?

Yes! Place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and freeze them for 30 minutes. This will keep them from freezing together. Then transfer to a ziplock or plastic container. Freeze for up to 3 months. Or refrigerate for 2-3 weeks.

How To Make Chocolate Date Balls

  1. Prep your dates first. *See note below.
  2. Add them to a food processor, and pulse a few times until they are large chunks.
  3. Add the melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, peanut butter, walnuts, flax meal, chia seeds, and salt. Pulse until the mixture comes together.
  4. Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and add the cooked and cooled quinoa. Stir until the quinoa is mixed in thoroughly. The dough should be sticky.
  5. Now, use a cookie scoop or your hands and scoop out about 2 tablespoons. I typically make 1-inch balls. Optional. Roll the date balls in crushed nuts, coconut flakes, or cocoa powder. Store in airtight containers or bags in the refrigerator.
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Chocolate Date balls


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  • Author: Teri Wallingford
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2022 1x

Description

Loaded with wholesome ingredients and no added sugar. These chocolate date balls are packed with protein, fiber, and clean energy! The perfect snack when you’re craving something sweet or need an afternoon snack. Quick to make and no baking needed.


Ingredients

Scale

2 cups dates, pitted

1 tablespoon Each flax meal and chia seeds

1/2 cup walnuts, chopped. (measure the walnuts whole, then chop them)

2 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

2 tablespoons peanut butter. Or any nut butter you prefer

2 tablespoons cocoa powder. Unsweetened

1/8 teaspoon salt

3/4 cup quinoa, cooked and cooled


Instructions

  1. Prep your dates first. *See note below.
  2. Add them to a food processor, and pulse a few times until they are large chunks.
  3. Add the melted coconut oil, cocoa powder, peanut butter, walnuts, flax meal, chia seeds, and salt. Pulse until the mixture comes together.
  4. Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl and add the cooked and cooled quinoa. Stir until the quinoa is mixed in thoroughly. The dough should be sticky.
  5. Now, use a cookie scoop or your hands and scoop out about 2 tablespoons. I typically make 1-inch balls. Optional. Roll the date balls in crushed nuts, coconut flakes, or cocoa powder. Store in airtight containers or bags in the refrigerator.

Notes

* If your dates are older or a little hard, soak them in warm water for a few minutes. If they are fresh, you shouldn’t need to do this step.

  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American

2 Comments

  1. Linda van der Mey

    Absolutely delicious.






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