A blend of dates, sunflower seed butter, salt and vanilla make these bites surprisingly reminiscent of salted caramel--both in taste and texture. Unlike our ultra-easy mix-and-match basic energy ball recipe, you'll need a blender to make a paste for the base of these balls, but the extra effort is oh-so-worth it for the sweet and satisfying result. Source: EatingWell.com, July 2020

Joy Howard


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine dates, sunflower seed butter, water, salt and vanilla in a blender. Blend until mostly smooth with a few small bits. Transfer to a medium bowl. Add oats and pecans; stir well.

  • Place coconut in a small bowl. Scoop a tablespoon of the date mixture and roll it into a ball. (Dampen your hands to prevent sticking.) Roll the ball in the coconut to coat. Repeat with the remaining mixture.


To make ahead: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 5 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

Tip: People with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity should use oats that are labeled "gluten-free," as oats are often cross-contaminated with wheat and barley.

Nutrition Facts

100 calories; 4.9 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 98 mg sodium. 139 mg potassium; 13.9 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 9 g sugar; 2 g protein; 5 IU vitamin a iu; 17 mcg folate; 12 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 29 mg magnesium;