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Easy Date Protein Balls

Easy Date Protein Balls are the perfect snack packed with protein and energy. These are great for adults and kids, easy to make and you can also freeze them for later. Dates, almonds and coconut are rolled together to the perfect bite sized treat! 

Easy Date Protein Balls in jar.

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EASY DATE PROTEIN BALLS 

Do you ever feel like you just aren’t satisfied? No matter how many snacks you eat, you are still hungry! 

I think we have all been there. 

I am sharing one of my favorite go-to snack recipes that gives you both protein and energy and will help you feel satisfied. 

These Easy Date Protein Balls are naturally sweetened, super easy to make and they are freezer friendly. Make a double batch and you will always have one on hand when you need them. 

My kids love these in their lunch boxes or as an after-sport snack.

You might remember these Cranberry Almond Energy Bites, Peanut Butter Oatmeal No Bake Bites and these Peanut Butter and Jelly No-Bake Snack Bites which are also my kids favorites! 

The best part of energy bites or protein balls is that they are an easy snack that you can keep on hand and feel good about eating and giving to your family. 

Today’s Date Protein Balls are naturally sweetened with the dates which makes them a great choice! 

Easy Date Protein Balls ingredients.

WHAT INGREDIENTS ARE IN THESE EASY DATE PROTEIN BALLS?

  • ALMONDS

  • MEDJOOL DATES

  • DESICCATE COCONUT, {this is a finely ground coconut but if you can’t find it you can use shredded}

  • VANILLA EXTRACT 

  • CACAO POWDER 

  • VANILLA PROTEIN POWDER {OPTIONAL}

Easy Date Protein Balls with coconut in bowl.

HOW DO YOU MAKE PROTEIN BALLS?

These date balls are so easy to make! You will make these time and time again because they are the perfect snack to have on hand.

Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend for a few minutes until everything has come together into a slightly sticky dough.

Easy Date Protein Balls in blender.

Easy Date Protein Balls blended.

Roll a tablespoon of the mixture at a time into ball and set aside on a plate.

Easy Date Protein Balls rolled in coconut.

Dip each ball into a bowl of desiccated coconut to coat every side.

Put balls into an airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer.

Easy Date Protein Balls dates in a bowl.

ARE DATES HEALTHY?

Dates are very healthy and are a natural sweetener. They are the fruit of a date palm tree which is grown in many tropical regions of the world. 

Dates are sweet with a chewy texture. They are high in fiber with almost 7 grams of fiber in a 3.5-ounce serving. They also have antioxidants in them. 

You can easily add them into your smoothies like in this Banana Date Smoothie or tanginess style dishes like these Moroccan Chicken Thighs

Easy Date Protein Balls in bowl.

WHAT CAN I USE PROTEIN BALLS FOR?

There are so many uses for protein balls in your daily life. Here are some ways we use this snack:

  • CAMPING

  • HIKING

  • LUNCH BOXES

  • AFTER-SCHOOL OR SPORT SNACK

  • GIFT FOR FRIENDS, FAMILY AND TEACHERS AT THE HOLIDAYS

  • ADD THEM TO A SNACK OR APPETIZER TABLE

Easy Date Protein Balls in hand above jar.

OTHER SNACKS YOU MIGHT LIKE:

CRUNCHY ROASTED CHICKPEAS

EASY CANDIED WALNUTS

EASY HUMMUS RECIPE 

HEALTHY MAC AND CHEESE MUFFINS 

PEANUT BUTTER STUFFED DATES 

Easy Date Protein Balls with logo.

 

Easy Date Protein Balls in jar.

Easy Date Protein Balls

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Easy Date Protein Balls are the perfect snack packed with protein and energy. These are great for adults and kids, easy to make and you can also freeze them for later. Dates, almonds and coconut are rolled together to the perfect bite sized treat! 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup medjool dates
  • 1/3 cup desiccated coconut, plus extra for coating
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons cacao powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla protein powder (optional)

Instructions

    1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and blend for a few minutes until everything has come together into a slightly sticky dough.
    2. Roll a tablespoon of the mixture at a time into ball and set aside on a plate.
    3. Dip each ball into a bowl of desiccated coconut to coat every side.
    4. Put balls into an airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer.

Notes

If you find that your dough isn't sticking togther you can add 1 to 2 teaspoons of honey or as much as you need to create a sticky dough. Mine dough never needs this but it is a good choice if yours needs it.

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Angela

Monday 24th of April 2023

I needed to add quite I bit of extra wet ingredients to make this come together. 2 spoonfuls almond butter and 1 spoonful honey. In the end i was able to make it into balls!

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Lilly

Sunday 31st of July 2022

I wonder how these would turn out if I used almond flour instead of grinding up almonds? My food processor isn’t the best, but I do have almond flour… thoughts? Maybe I’ll just give it a whirl and see what happens!

Julia

Thursday 4th of August 2022

I think you could try it and see! Let me know how it works.

Kara

Friday 10th of June 2022

Hi Julia. These are great! Any chance you have the nutritional breakdown per ball?

Julia

Saturday 11th of June 2022

I don't - sorry! But you could enter it into a fitness tracking app or website and try to get the nutritional breakdown that way. Sorry!

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