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.

Joy Howard
Source: EatingWell.com, July 2020


Recipe Summary

30 mins
30 mins


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; protein 2g 4% DV; carbohydrates 13.9g 5% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 2g 8% DV; sugars 8.6g; fat 4.9g 8% DV; saturated fat 1g 5% DV; vitamin a iu 4.6IU; vitamin c 0.2mg; folate 17.5mcg 4% DV; calcium 11.6mg 1% DV; iron 0.6mg 3% DV; magnesium 28.7mg 10% DV; potassium 138.7mg 4% DV; sodium 98.4mg 4% DV.