Chocolate Date Energy Balls (Vegan & Paleo)

How To Make Chocolate Date Energy Balls (Vegan & Paleo)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 Energy Bites
Calories 56.1kcal


  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • ½ cup raw pecans
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp salt*
  • 2 TBS almond butter
  • 1 TBS unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ tsp vanilla


  • Line a baking pan with wax paper, set aside. (You will not be baking these, you just need a place to set your rolled bites as you make them).
  • Put dates, pecans and cashews in your food processor fitted with an “S” blade or in your Vitamix. Process until mixture is fine and homogeneous.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients in the order listed (cocoa powder, salt, almond butter, almond milk, & vanilla) to your food processor and process until mixture just starts to clump together.
  • Roll 1 TBS portions of your “dough” into balls and place them on your prepared baking sheet.
  • Put them in the fridge or freezer until they harden.
  • Transfer to an airtight container to save for later! These can be stored at room temperature, but will last longer when kept in the fridge or freezer! I think they taste the best cold/frozen!


 Ingredients & Substitutions

  • Pecans/Cashews. You can substitute your favorite nuts for the pecans/cashews. Just be sure to use a total of 1 cup of nuts. I prefer softer nuts (pecans, cashews, walnuts, peanuts) in this recipe over almonds for a soft, brownie-like texture. 
  • Almond butter. Any nut butter works great in this recipe! My top recommendations are almond butter and cashew butter!
  • Almond milk. Use your favorite non-dairy milk in this energy balls recipe!
  • Sea salt. If you use salted nuts, you will want to omit or decrease the amount of sea salt! 

How to store date energy balls

Store these chocolate energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or the freezer for up to 3 months. 
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