Sweet, sticky dates act as the glue for these no-bake energy balls. Perfect for hikes or during sports, this healthy snack travels well. For the best flavor and texture, use Medjool dates--the largest and most luscious date variety. Look for them in the produce department or near other dried fruits.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell.com, April 2017


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Instructions Checklist
  • Soak dates in a small bowl of hot water for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain.

  • Combine the soaked dates, oats and peanut butter in a food processor and process until very finely chopped. Roll into 12 balls (a scant tablespoon each). Garnish with chia seeds, if desired. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes and up to 1 week.


To make ahead: Refrigerate airtight for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

73 calories; protein 1.8g; carbohydrates 10.1g; dietary fiber 1.4g; fat 3g; saturated fat 0.5g; folate 3.4mcg; calcium 3.6mg; iron 0.3mg; magnesium 12.9mg; potassium 72.2mg; sodium 17.7mg.

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Rating: 5 stars
These are so easy to make and taste great! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Looks good will try it out and update. By the way though really shouldn't use a nut free tag since peanut butter is still considered a nut product and is still dangerous to anyone with a nut allergy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Fantastic. Perfectly sweet and filling. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I always have these energy bites on hand especially if I'm running around all day. They keep in the fridge for quite a while and are perfect for a quick on-the-go snack. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Easy peasy and taste great! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I love these packable peanut butter-oat energy bites. Easy to make and they hold well in the refrigerator for all week for a grab-and-go healthy snack. Read More