Peanut Chocolate date balls with peanuts are a naturally sweet decadent-tasting dark chocolate snack. They are made with just three wholesome ingredients and will satisfy any sweet tooth.
After taking one bite of these delectable chocolate energy balls, you will agree that they taste a bit indulgent. The food processor transforms dates and chocolate into an incredibly delicious chocolate paste that tastes like caramel and they are an easy treat to make.
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Why you will 🤍 this recipe
- They are a great snack that takes minutes to make!
- Chocolate date balls are a healthy sweet treat made with healthy ingredients and are naturally sweet.
- It's a simple recipe that can be made with only 3 simple ingredients.
Here is What You Will Need
This is an overview of the ingredients and steps to make this recipe, scroll down to see ingredient notes and substitutions as well as a printable recipe card with exact measurements and complete cooking instructions.
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How to make healthy chocolate date balls
Step 1. Place ingredients into a food processor
Remove the pits from the dates, and place all of the ingredients into a food processor bowl.
Step 2. Blend the dough
Blend the ingredients until they form a dough-like texture similar to cookie dough.
Step 3. Roll the Dough into Balls
Use your hands to form the dough into balls and roll them into chopped peanuts.
Ingredient Notes & Substitutions
The complete list of ingredients to make this chocolate date energy balls recipe is above. Below are notes about some of the ingredients, along with ideas for substitutes.
Medjool Dates are the best type of dates to use in this recipe for their sweet taste and chewy texture. They can be substituted with an equal amount of regular dates or figs.
Unsalted Peanuts go amazingly well with chocolate, but you can substitute them with almonds or cashews.
Cacao Powder is similar to unsweetened cocoa powder, except that it is less processed than cocoa powder and therefore has more health benefits. If you don't have cacao powder, it can be substituted with an equal amount of cocoa powder.
How to Store Peanut Chocolate Energy Bites
Store chocolate energy bites in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week. They can also be stored at room temperature for a day or two.
Freeze chocolate energy bites by placing them on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once they are frozen, remove them from the baking sheet and place them in a sealed container for up to 3 months.
Defrost them in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy! They also taste delicious partially frozen.
Mixed nut chocolate energy bites - swap the peanuts with any combination of walnuts, cashews, pistachios or a combination of your favorite nuts.
Chocolate energy bites with oats and seeds - Add a tablespoon of rolled oats and chia seeds, hemp seeds, sesame seeds, flax seed, or sunflower seeds to the dough mixture for a thicker texture.
Peanut butter and jelly chocolate energy bites - Add a tablespoon of peanut butter and jelly to the food processor before blending the ingredients.
Protein chocolate energy balls - Add an extra punch of protein with a tablespoon of protein powder.
Chocolate coconut energy balls - Replace the peanuts with an equal amount of unsweetened coconut flakes.
Add-ins- try adding any combination of these into the dough to add different flavors: a pinch of sea salt, a pinch of vanilla extract or almond extract or a tablespoon or two of mini chocolate chips.
- A small cookie scoop will help to form the dough into balls.
- If the dates appear dry, try gradually up to a teaspoon of water to the food processor while blending.
- For best results, use dates that are room temperature.
You can use a high-powered blender to make this recipe if you don't have a food processor.
Yes, you can! Simply omit the cocoa powder and add about 1 ½ tablespoons of almond flour to the ingredients in the food processor.
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- Remove the pits from the dates and place them along with peanuts and cacao powder in the food processor. Process until the mixture forms a large ball similar to the texture of cookie dough.
- Remove the dough from the food processor and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
- Roll the mixture into half-inch-sized balls and roll into chopped peanuts.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used