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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


Read the full recipe after the video.

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

2 balls
65 calories; protein 1.8g; carbohydrates 5g; dietary fiber 1.5g; soluble fiber 0.3g; insoluble fiber 0.7g; fat 4.5g; saturated fat 1.1g; mono fat 1.1g; poly fat 2g; trans fatty acid 0g; cholesterol 0mg; water 3.2g; ash 0.3g; vitamin a iu 3.4IU; vitamin a re 0.4RE; vitamin a carotenoid 0.4RE; vitamin a retinol 0RE; vitamin b1 thiamin 0mg; vitamin b2 riboflavin 0mg; vitamin b3 niacin 0.4mg; niacin equivalents 0.8mg; vitamin b6 0.1mg; vitamin b12 0mcg; vitamin c 0.2mg; vitamin e alpha equivalents 2.6mg; vitamin e iu 3.9IU; vitamin e mg 2.6mg; folate 14.4mcg; pantothenic acid 0.4mg; calcium 10.1mg; copper 0.1mg; iron 0.5mg; magnesium 28.5mg; manganese 0.4mg; phosphorus 63.5mg; potassium 32mg; sodium 108.6mg; zinc 0.5mg; 140 myristic 0.1g; 160 palmitic 0.3g; 180 stearic 0.2g; 161 palmitol 0g; 181 oleic 1.1g; 201 eicosen 0g; 182 linoleic 2g; 183 linolenic 0g; omega 3 fatty acid 0g; omega 6 fatty acid 2g; alanine 0.1g; arginine 0.2g; cystine 0g; glycine 0.1g; histidine 0.1g; isoleucine 0.1g; leucine 0.1g; lysine 0.1g; methionine 0g; phenylalanine 0.1g; proline 0.1g; serine 0.1g; threonine 0.1g; tryptophan 0g; tyrosine 0.1g; valine 0.1g; alcohol 0.1g; caffeine 0mg; pyramid fat 0; pyramid meat 0; exchange very lean meat 0; exchange starch 0; exchange fat 0; energy 65kcal; aspartic acid 0.2g; glutamic acid 0.5g; thiamin 0.1mg; riboflavin 0mg; sugars 0.2g; monosaccharides 0g; disaccharides 0.1g; other carbs 2.6g; vitamin a carotene 0.3mcg; vitamin d iu 0IU; vitamin d mcg 0mcg; vitamin k 0.1mcg; boron 0.1mg; fluoride 2.1mg; selenium 1.6mcg; 40 butyric 0g; 60 caprioc 0g; 80 caprylic 0.1g; 100 capric 0g; 120 lauric 0.4g; 221 erucic 0g; 184 stearidon 0g; 204 arachidon 0g; 205 epa 0g; 225 dpa 0g; 226 dha 0g; biotin 0.9mcg; iodine 0.2mcg; pyramid bread 0; molybdenum 0.3mcg; theobromine 0mg; phytosterols 1.2mg.