3 Ingredient Peanut Chocolate Date Balls

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.

Energy bites rolled in chopped peanuts on parchment paper

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One bite of these little delights and you’ll be nodding along with me about how indulgent they taste. The food processor works magic and turns simple dates and chocolate into a rich, decadent sticky dough that tastes like caramel. And when it’s rolled into chocolate balls and tossed in crushed peanuts, you won’t believe that these are a healthy treat. They’re perfect for a guilt-free treat that satisfies your sweet tooth.

Try these chocolate bourbon balls that are made with date caramel too!

Why you will love homemade 3 Ingredient Peanut Chocolate Date Balls

  • 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.
Peanuts, dates and coco powder in glass bowls

Here is What You Will Need

This is a brief summary of the ingredients needed to make 3 Ingredient Peanut Chocolate Date Balls and a convenient shopping list from my Instacart affiliate link. For a printable recipe card with exact measurements and detailed instructions, scroll down to the recipe card section.

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  • Medjool Dates
  • Cacao powder
  • Peanuts


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How to make healthy chocolate date balls

Prepare the ingredients: if you are using dates with pits, remove the pits from the dates. Measure the chocolate and peanuts.

the ingredients in a food processor Peanuts, dates, cocoa powder

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.

peanut bites ingredients blended into a dough in a food processor

Step 2. Blend the dough. Blend the ingredients until they form a dough-like texture similar to cookie dough.

peanut bites on parchment paper

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 – These 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, but the texture may be differnt.

Unsalted Peanuts – Peanuts just go amazingly well with chocolate, but you can substitute them with almonds or cashews too.

Cacao Powder – This is a less processed version of unsweetened 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.

Chocolate energy bites can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week or at room temperature for a day or two.

Freeze chocolate energy bites on a cookie sheet in the freezer. Once frozen, remove them from the baking sheet and place them in a sealed container for up to 3 months. 

Defrost easy chocolate date balls in the refrigerator overnight and enjoy! They also taste delicious, partially frozen, and even better chopped up on top of your favorite ice cream.

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.

Chocolate energy bites in a white bowl


  • A small cookie scoop will help to form the dough into balls.
  • If the dates appear dry, gradually add a teaspoon of water to the food processor while blending.
  • For best results, use dates that are room temperature.
I don’t have a food processor, what else can I use to make this recipe?

You can use a high-powered blender to make this recipe if you don’t have a food processor.

Can I make these chocolate date energy bites without chocolate?

Yes, you can! Non chocolate lovers can simply omit the cocoa powder and add about 1 1/2 tablespoons of almond flour to the ingredients in the food processor.

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3 Ingredient Peanut Energy Bites

Chocolate energy bites with peanuts and dates are a naturally sweet chocolate snack.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Click on serving size to scale this recipe

Cuisine: American
Keyword: 3 ingredient chocolate date balls, chocolate date balls
Servings: 14 energy bites
Calories: 82kcal
Author: Anne
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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.


Store chocolate date balls in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 to 3 days and in the refrigerator for a week.
Freeze date balls for up to three months.
See article above for recipe tips, variations and more.


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 180mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 31IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and can vary based on cooking methods and ingredients used

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