Raw Vegan Date Balls

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If you’ve been in search of a delectable snack or guilt-free chocolatey indulgence, you clicked on the right recipe. Enjoy these raw vegan date balls as an after dinner treat, mid-afternoon snack, or pre-workout snack for satiety and energy. Dates provide the sweetness, but the bitterness from 100% raw cacao powder balances those natural sugars. The raw walnuts act as a binder, but also provide nuttiness that complements the other ingredients.

When it comes to choosing the dates for these energy balls, Medjool dates are excellent. Not only do they have a soft texture that makes them easy to blend, but they also have a rich, caramel-like flavor. Deglet Noor dates are often smaller and have a firmer texture. That means that they may not blend as easily, and your energy balls may have an unpleasant texture. As mentioned previously, walnuts provide an earthiness and nuttiness, plus a lot of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids. If you do not like walnuts, you sub them out for raw almonds, cashews, or pecans. The flavor will not differ too much if you choose one of those other nuts.

After blending the ingredients in a food processor, you’ll need to form them into balls and freeze them so that they can harden. Once you remove the chilled date balls from the freezer, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. If you only want to enjoy them from time to time, store them in an airtight container in the freezer for up to three months. When ready to enjoy, remove them from the freezer and allow them to warm up at room temperature for 10 minutes before enjoying.

Raw Vegan Date Balls
  • Prep Time:10m
  • Total Time:10m


  • 1 c raw walnuts
  • 6 large Medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 tbsp. raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil


  1. Add all of the ingredients to a food processor and process for about one to two minutes. You will need to stop blending, scrape down the sides, and continue blending to fully incorporate the ingredients.
  2. Once the mixture reaches a dough-like consistency, stop blending and get ready to form the balls.
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and wet your hands with cold water.
  4. Form the blended mixture into about eight or nine bite-size balls and place on the baking sheet. Freeze for about 30-45 minutes, or until firm.
  5. Remove from the freezer and enjoy. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to three months.


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