Date balls, power balls, energy balls, cookie bites, raw vegan donut holes, whatever you want to call them, they are a delicious. Everybody loves these things. And for good reason. They are super simple to make, versatile to suit whatever flavour tickles your fancy and an awesome snack for busy people on the go.
They are so easy to make you probably don’t even need a recipe or the how-to instructions, but I’m dishing it up anyways.
Here’s my lazy lady’s guide to making these snack-tastic little treats.
Step 1: Toss a bunch of nuts, seeds or a combination of both into a food processor and blend into small bits. And by a bunch, I mean about 1 cup.
- Sunflower, pumpkin, hemp or sesame seeds.
- Cashews, walnuts, almonds, pecans, macadamia, brazil nuts, pisctachios etc. Go nuts!
- Coconut flakes works great as well!
- *Nut free? Stick to seeds, coconut or even oats.
Step 2: Add about 10-12 medjool dates, a splash of vanilla and a pinch of sea salt.
*Other varieties of dates will work, but Medjool’s are the best because they are juicer than other varieties and offer up the “stickiness” needed to hold everything together.
Step 3: Find your flavour, These guys are so versatile, you can make a version to conquer whatever you’re in the mood for.
- Craving chocolate? Toss in some cocao.
- Missing home? Toss in some cinnamon and dried apples for a slice of Mom’s apple pie.
- Need some spice in your life? Toss in some cacao, cayenne and cinnamon for a little kick.
- Feeling festive? Add some nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon for some holiday flare.
- Feeling fruity? Toss in some dried fruits like blueberries, goji berries, cherries etc.
- Want super powers? Add in some superfoods like maca, bee pollen, lucuma powder, goji berries, acai or matcha powder.
- Want muscles? Toss in a scoop of your favourite protein powder.
- Need some digestive support? Fibre up by adding some chia, flax or hemp seeds.
- The possibilities are truly endless, so get creative.
Step 3: Blend all ingredients until the mixture begins to clump together.
- Not clumping? Add a few more dates.
- Too sticky? Add in a little more of the dry ingredients (nuts, seeds, coconut flakes or superfood powders)
Step 4: Roll mixture into bite sized balls.
- *Makes approx. 12-16 balls.
Step 5: Roll those balls in some kind of delicious coating.
- shredded coconut, hemp hearts, cacao powder, matcha power or some crushed nuts/seeds.
- *This step is totally optional
That’s it! I store them in an airtight container in the freezer to avoid snack-happy hands. If you’re not up to the task of creating your own flavour, I’ve got you covered with this recipe for my Lemon Drop Power Balls. They are super simple, light and fresh for a sweet treat that won’t weigh you down.
My darling gal pal and fellow Holistic Nutritionist Joy McCarthy, included this recipe in her Joyous Health Grain-free 10 Day Detox, and they were a HUGE hit, so I wanted to share them with you. Enjoy!
- 1 Cup Raw Cashews
- 1.5 Cups Medjool Dates (approx. 10-12 dates)
- Zest of 1 Lemon
- 1 Tbsp Freshly Squeezed lemon juice
- 1/2 Cup + 3 Tbsp Unsweetened Coconut Flakes (reserve 3tbsp for rolling)
- 1 tsp Vanilla extract
- Pinch of Sea Salt
- Place cashews in food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. (Avoid over processing or you will end up with nut butter!)
- Add dates, vanilla extract, lemon zest & juice, sea salt and coconut.
- Pulse until mixture begins to clump.
- Shape mixture into bite size balls and roll in reserved 2 Tbsp of shredded coconut.
- Toss them in the fridge or freezer for about 10 minutes and enjoy!
- *Can be stored in fridge for 4-5 days (if you can keep your paws off of them that long). Can also be frozen and defrosted for a few minutes prior to eating.