Vegan energy balls - dates and cashew

These delicious and healthy energy balls are free of refined sugar and quick and easy to make! They are also vegan. Suitable for paleo diets too!

Pink bowl filled with cocoa covered balls surrounded by scattered cashews and cocoa powder

As a new vegan I've been experimenting with lots of different ingredients to create snacks that are easy to prepare, free of refined sugar and require little time investment. I'm on the go constantly. I have a busy, stressful job, a family and of course this blog so I don't have a lot of time. It can be tempting to fill up on unhealthy sugar packed snacks but I needed something better.

These vegan energy balls fill my need for something, sweet are easy to make and are perfect for snacking on in the office or at home.

Balls on a chopping board surrounded by cocoa powder. Fingers show the inside of the balls

The process

The main ingredients of these energy balls are dates to give you that sugary sweet hit without the refined sugar, peanut butter for a delicious taste and to keep the mixture moist and cocoa powder to give you that great chocolatey taste.

To get started, line a baking sheet with parchment or greaseproof paper. We'll use the tin to set the energy balls and the greaseproof paper to stop the balls sticking to the tin. You'll need a tin large enough to hold 20 energy balls.

Add the dates, pecans and cashews to a high speed food blender. You can of course vary the nuts that you use - almonds and walnuts are good alternatives.

Blitz until there are no lumps present. Make sure the dates and nuts are uniformly combined.

Pink bowl filled with cocoa covered balls surrounded by scattered cashews and cocoa powder
Birds eye view: Pink bowl filled with cocoa covered balls surrounded by scattered cashews and cocoa powder

Add the cacoa powder, salt, peanut butter & milk to your blender and process until mixture sticks together. If you'd prefer you can replace the peanut butter with almond or cashew butter. As for your plant milk. I use almond milk but soya, coconut and oat milk are great alternatives. You can also use cocoa powder instead of cacoa powder. It doesn't have as many health benefits as cacoa but taste wise it won't make much difference.

Roll your mixture into balls and roll in the remaining cacoa powder and place them on the baking sheet.

Place in the fridge to set.

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Vegan energy balls

Pink bowl filled with cocoa covered balls surrounded by scattered cashews and cocoa powder

These delicious and healthy energy balls are free of refined sugar and quick and easy to make! They are also vegan. Suitable for paleo diets too!

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 20 energy balls 1x

Ingredients

Scale
  • 2 cups pitted dates
  • ½ cup pecans
  • ½ cup cashews
  • 2 tbsp cacoa powder + extra for coating
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp unsweetened almond milk or another plant milk

Instructions

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment or greaseproof paper.
  2. Add the dates, pecans and cashews to a high speed food blender.
  3. Blitz until there are no lumps present.
  4. Add the cocoa powder, salt, peanut butter & milk to your blender and process until mixture sticks together.
  5. Roll your mixture into balls and roll in the remaining cacoa powder and place them on the baking sheet.
  6. Place in the fridge to set.

Notes

Can be stored - place in an airtight container and keep in the fridge or freezer!

If you can't get hold of cacoa powder, you can use cocoa powder instead.

Keeps for 2 weeks in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.

Like this? Check out my other recipes and for more vegan chocolate goodness, check out this vegan chocolate cheesecake.

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