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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 Protein Balls?

  • Almonds: I used whole roasted, unsalted almonds to help control the salt
  • Medjool Dates: You will want to either buy pitted dates or pit the dates yourself. I really like using medjool dates. When I shop for dates I look for ones that are in the produce or refrigerated section. They should be squishy. The ones that contain pits stay the freshest, longest. If you don’t have soft & squishy dates soak the dates in a bowl of warm water for about 10 minutes to help them soften up and make them easier to work with. Drain the water, then use the dates as directed.
  • Desiccate Coconut: I find that if you can use desiccate coconut that works best but you could also use shredded if that is all you have. 
  • Vanilla Extract: The vanilla extract adds a nice rich flavor to the date balls but isn’t necessary. 
  • Cacao Powder: I use unsweetened cocoa powder-I suggest you use you use unsweetened cocoa powder and not hot cocoa mix or other cocoa that has been sweetened.
  • Vanilla Protein Powder: This is optional to add a little extra protein to these protein balls. You can skip it if you want.
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.

  1. Put all ingredients into 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.

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

Easy Date Protein Balls rolled in coconut.

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

4. Put the balls in 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. 
  • They 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. 
  • Dates are a good source of essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, magnesium, and vitamins like B6. They also contain antioxidants, which help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals.
  • Dates are high in dietary fiber, which aids in digestion and can help prevent constipation. Fiber also helps regulate blood sugar levels and may contribute to heart health by reducing cholesterol levels.

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.

Tips When Making Protein Balls?

  • Add Wet Ingredients if Too Dry: If the mixture is too sticky, add more dry ingredients like oats, nuts, or additional protein powder. If it’s too dry, add a small amount of water, almond milk, or a nut butter like almond or peanut butter.
  • Use a Food Processor: A food processor is the best tool for blending dates with other ingredients. It ensures a smooth and well-mixed consistency. If you don’t have a food processor, a high-powered blender can work too.
  • Add Protein Powder Gradually: When incorporating protein powder, add it gradually. This helps to control the texture and ensures the mixture doesn’t become too dry or powdery. Adjust the amount based on the desired consistency.
  • Chill Dough: After mixing, chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes. This makes it easier to roll into balls and helps them hold their shape better.
  • Roll with Slightly Wet Hands: To prevent the mixture from sticking to your hands, slightly dampen your hands with water before rolling the balls.
  • Store Properly: Store the date protein balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They typically last for about a week. For longer storage, you can freeze them for up to three months.

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

CRANBERRY ALMOND BALLS

EASY CANDIED WALNUTS

EASY HUMMUS RECIPE 

HEALTHY MAC AND CHEESE MUFFINS 

HOMEMADE COCONUT CRANBERRY GRANOLA

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.

If you find the dough hard to use you can chill the dough in the refrigerator after mixing. Chill the dough in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes. This makes it easier to roll into balls and helps them hold their shape better.

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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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