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These energy balls are packed with flavor! Made with dates, spices, and nuts, they make the perfect snack!

Date Energy Balls Recipe from
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Let me tell you about these amazing little energy balls! They are gluten-free, grain-free, naturally sweetened, but definitely not flavor-free! Perfect if you are following a Paleo or clean eating lifestyle, these little babies are just what you need to put a little pep in your step.

My husband and son love spending time outside, camping, hiking, backpacking, you name it and I love knowing that they’ll have plenty of energy while doing so with these little energy balls. Made with chopped dates, spices and nuts, they really are great to help you power through the afternoon.

Thankfully, they couldn’t be much easier to make! You begin by chopping the dates as finely as possible. Then, you add just a bit of water to the dates to make a paste. Stir in some nuts along with your spices and form them into balls. Then, roll them into sliced almonds and allow they are good to go! Now, I like to allow them to dry and set a bit before packing them for their snacks. You can even pop them into an airtight container and place them in the freezer or refrigerator to speed up that process if you like.

These healthy little energy bites have become one of my husband’s favorite treats when he has a sweet tooth, too!

Date Energy Balls Recipe from

Here’s our Date Energy Balls recipe. I think you’ll love them!

3.67 from 3 votes

Date Energy Balls Recipe

Dessert 10 mins

Prep Time 10 mins
Servings 6
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Author Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch
These energy balls are packed with flavor! Made with dates, spices, and nuts, they make the perfect snack! Gluten-free, grain-free and Paleo.


  • 1 cup dates chopped finely
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond slices


  • Mix together dates, water and honey until it forms smooth, sticky dough. Stir in cinnamon and half of almond slices. Scoop by the tablespoon and form into balls. Roll in remaining almond slices and place on parchment paper to dry. Alternately, you can place in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer to dry more quickly.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 308kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 12g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 443mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 4IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 119mg | Iron: 2mg

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Robyn Stone is a wife, mom, blogger, recipe developer, and cookbook author. Welcome to Add a Pinch where I share thousands of delicious, tested and perfected easy recipes that the whole family will love.

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Recipe Review


  1. You are misinforming your readers – possibly dangerously – when you call this snack “sugar-free”. Just because there is no “sugar” in the ingredient list does not make it sugar free. Honey is virtually all sugar, and dates have a high sugar content – which makes this recipe, though delicious and fairly healthy, anything but sugar free. A diabetic, for example, happily snacking away on this “sugar-free” snack could be in real trouble with its sugar content.

    1. Thanks so much for your feedback. I really appreciate it and have updated the recipe to reflect many of your recommendations.

  2. 3 stars
    Hi Robyn, enjoy many of your recipes, even though I am a diabetic – I’m carefull and count my carbs. For the dates, there are approximately 127g of carbs in one cup of dates – chopped, and approximately the same amount of sugar. This receipe is definitely packed with energy, but Dates are one of the top fruits to avoid for a diabetic.

    1. I’m just about to make these for the first time…so excited!!! I especially love how few clean ingredients there are and that I have them on hand!