date ballsI’ve been eating “energy” bars since the day I started bicycling long distance, i.e., a LONG time ago. I remember when Power Bar was still a small mom and pop company operating used equipment to crank out their protein packed goodies for athletes like me.

Then they sold out and I found out I was allergic to peanuts. This harmless looking ground nut is prevalent in the world of protein and energy bars. Most of the bars either have peanuts or honey, or both. Over the years, I have found very few that are affordable and that I can eat.

So I set out to create a version of date balls that would be full of all the goodness I craved: the protein my body needs, the energy to get through the day, and a nutty and sweet flavor that I would enjoy. I searched and searched the internet. One quick Google search turns up several million hits for an “energy bar” recipe.

Being a chef, I took a base recipe and experimented for a while. Eventually I created something that I think you will enjoy. It’s easy, it’s fast, and most of you will have access to all of the ingredients, or be able to substitute with little effort. For example, I use the raw cacao powder because that’s what I have on my shelf, but you can use regular cocoa powder if you want. If you aren’t a fan of agave, use maple syrup. 

Make sure to make a triple batch if you have hungry friends or family. Take them as a treat to a holiday party or just hoard them for yourself. I’m sure you’ll agree, this is a great snack for a boost during your day.

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Date & Nut Energy Balls
A great no bake snack for a pick me up during the day.
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Prep Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
45 min
Total Time
45 min
  1. ½ cup pitted dates
  2. ¼ cup roasted pumpkin seeds
  3. 1 cup roasted almonds
  4. 2 tbsp raw cacao powder (Nativas)
  5. ¼ tsp cardamom
  6. ¼ tsp cinnamon
  7. ¼ tsp jalapeno powder
  8. 1 tbsp agave syrup or maple syrup
  1. Mix all ingredients together in a food processor until it’s a big sticky mess.
  2. Roll into 1 ounce balls.
  3. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Overnight is better.
  4. Store in the refrigerator, if they last that long.
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