Chocolate Date Energy Balls

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + chilling


1 dozen

Updated: Sep. 12, 2023
Eating just one of these healthy treats satisfies my sweet tooth without added refined sugar. My recipe is a spinoff of an energy ball my daughter made for me when I was testing for my tae kwon do black belt. —Barbara Estabrook, Appleton, Wisconsin
Chocolate Date Energy Balls Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1-1/4 cups pitted medjool dates, roughly chopped
  • 3 ounces 60% bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried unsweetened tart cherries, chopped
  • 1/4 cup deluxe mixed nuts, coarsely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower kernels
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place dates, chocolate and cherries in a food processor; process until finely chopped, about 1 minute. Add nuts, coconut and sunflower kernels; process until blended. Add oil and vanilla; process until mixture comes together. Roll into 12 balls. Refrigerate, covered, at least 30 minutes before serving. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

1 ball: 125 calories, 6g fat (2g saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 25mg sodium, 14g carbohydrate (11g sugars, 2g fiber), 2g protein.