These date balls are ready in 15 minutes and use a handful of ingredients. They're naturally sweetened and so easy to make.
Growing up in Iran, dates were always around for us to enjoy as a treat. We used them in different recipes such as ranginak (Persian date walnut dessert) or stuffed dates. Years later, I developed the recipe for these date balls as an easy way to make a large batch of naturally sweetened snacks that keep well in the fridge and I'm excited to share it with you.
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Ingredients To Make Date Balls
- Dates: I use medjool date for this recipe because they're large, tender and chewy. Usually, there is no need for you to soak these in hot water.
- Walnuts: Date and walnut is a classic combination that we use in different ways such as date walnut cheesecake bites or date walnut babka.
- Oats: Both old fashioned or quick oats work for this recipe.
- Nut butter: Use any kind of nut butter that you have on hand. My favorite is almond butter but peanut butter works, too.
- Toppings: You can roll the date balls in ground pistachios, desiccated coconut or sesame seeds.
How To Make Date Balls
- Cut open all the dates and discard the seeds.
- Place the dates, old fashioned oatmeal, nut butter and walnuts in the bow of a food processor. Blitz until the mixture comes together, pausing midway to scrape the sides using a spatula. If the mixture looks dry, add 1 to 2 tablespoons hot water and blitz again. Repeat until the date and walnut mixture comes together.
- Rub some olive oil on your palms and spoon out about a tablespoon of the date mixture. Roll it into a ball and set it aside, repeat with the remaining mixture.
- Roll the balls in ground pistachios, sesame seeds or desiccated coconut.
What I love the most about these date energy balls is that they are so versatile and you can modify them to your liking. Here are a few suggestions:
- Add chia seeds or flax seeds to the mixture.
- Use spices such as cinnamon or cardamom.
- Get creative with the nuts: use cashews, almonds or pecans instead of walnuts.
- Add a tablespoon of cocoa powder to have chocolate date balls.
These no-bake date balls last very long. Store them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. You can enjoy them any time with a cup of tea.
To freeze date balls, place them in a freezer safe bag or container and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw them in the fridge before serving.
Frequently Asked Questions
If the dates are too dry, the mixture might not come together. In that case, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of hot water to the mixture and blend again. Repeat until the mixture comes together and you can shape the balls.
If you're using medjool dates, which I strongly recommend, there is no need to soak them before making the date balls.
Instead of walnuts, you can use pecans, almonds or cashews.
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15-Minute Date Balls Recipe
- 12 medjool dates
- ½ cup old fashioned oatmeal or quick oats
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup nut butter such as almond butter or peanut butter
To Roll The Balls
- Ground Pistachios
- Desiccated coconut
- Sesame seeds
- Using a knife, cut open the dates and discard the seeds.
- Place the dates, oatmeal, walnuts and nut butter in the bowl of a food processor. Mix until the ingredients are well incorporated. If the mixture looks dry and not together, add 1 to 2 tablespoons hot water and mix again. You might need more hot water, but add gradually and carefully so the mixture doesn't get to soft.
- Once the mixture comes together and is ready to roll, rub some olive oil on your hands and palms and scoop out about 1 tablespoon of the mixture. Roll it into a ball and set it aside. Repeat with the remaining mixture.
- Roll each date ball in ground pistachios, sesame seeds or desiccated coconut. Arrange them on a platter and serve.
- Store the date balls in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 weeks. You can also freeze them for up to 6 months. Make sure to thaw them in the fridge overnight before serving them.
- You can jazz up the flavors by adding other ingredients such as cinnamon, cardamom, 1 tablespoon cocoa powder, chia seeds or flax seeds.