Sometimes when our hunger strikes we want something quick to grab and take on the go. The last thing we want is to make something complicated or even god forbid warm something up. Am I right?
That is where these energy balls with dates come in for the win sister. They are simple and can be in minutes. Just grab a handful of ingredients and toss them into a food processor or blender. And almost anyone and I mean anyone will love these energy balls with dates – friends, family members, and even little kiddos. If you’re like me, you may even want to keep them all for yourself.
A lot of energy ball recipes have chocolate chips in them. I wanted to give you an option that doesn’t include chocolate (yet if you love chocolate by all means add it in).
Medjool dates or any dates you can find at the grocery store work well for this energy balls recipe. Dates are the glue that holds these energy balls together. Without dates, you can end up with a crumbly mess. So add those dates in sis!
Dates are an all natural sugar and give these energy balls the bit of sweetness they need. You’ll often see dates used in energy balls and many snack or dessert recipes. They’re a great ingredient to keep on hand.
You can store your dates in the fridge to keep longer. If your dates are dry, you can soak them in warm water for 5 minutes before placing in the food processor.
Add the almond flour and dates to a food processor and pulse until it becomes well combined.
Add the peanut butter, cinnamon, salt, and vanilla to the date mixture. Pulse until it becomes a dough like mixture.
Add the peanut butter, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and salt, and pulse until a dough forms. Then add the oats and pulse. If needed, add a tablespoon of water at a time until you’ve achieved a dough like consistency. The mixture should be combined but not overly processed.
Place the energy date mixture in a large mixing bowl. Gently fold in the raisins.
Note that you can substitute the raisins with cranberries. This recipe can be made for whatever you prefer and have on hand. If you want some chocolate, add 1-2 tablespoons in and slightly reduce the amount of raisins. If you don’t have peanut butter, you can add in any nut butter. Isn’t that awesome?
Form the energy date balls with your hands. Place in the fridge for 15-30 minutes to enhance the energy date balls’ flavors.