These energy bites, dipped in chocolate and topped with graham crackers, look just like melty ice cream cones, but are packed with energizing protein for a healthier snack kids will love.

Melissa Fallon
Source:, September 2017


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Instructions Checklist
  • Place dates in a small bowl. Cover with hot water; soak for 5 to 10 minutes. Drain.

  • Combine softened dates, oats and peanut butter in a food processor; process until very finely chopped. With damp hands, roll into 8 balls (about 1 tablespoon each) and place in a pie pan. Freeze for 30 minutes.

  • Remove from the freezer and cut a 1-inch long slit into the top of each ball (this is where the graham cracker "cone" will go).

  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Making sure to reserve some chocolate for dipping, spoon melted chocolate into 8 irregular circles on the paper (about 2 inches in diameter). Dip the bottom half (opposite of slit) of each ball in the remaining chocolate and place on top of the chocolate circles. Slide a graham cracker triangle into each slit with the point of the triangle facing up. Top with sprinkles. Allow chocolate to set before serving.


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

Nutrition Facts

173.1 calories; protein 3.3g 7% DV; carbohydrates 22.1g 7% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 2.6g 10% DV; sugars 13.3g; fat 8g 12% DV; saturated fat 2.6g 13% DV; cholesterol 0.7mg; vitamin a iu 21.3IU; vitamin cmg; folate 4.1mcg 1% DV; calcium 17.9mg 2% DV; iron 1.3mg 7% DV; magnesium 27.9mg 10% DV; potassium 157.4mg 4% DV; sodium 52mg 2% DV.