Easy Decadent Vegan Caramel Date Energy Balls

Utterly decadent, with a healthy twist! You’ll fall head over heels in love with these easy, vegan Caramel Date Energy Balls! Even better, you can make them in 5 minutes!

Vegan Caramel Date Energy Balls in a box with gold flecked tissue paper.

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Today’s SUPER EASY recipe, Vegan Caramel Date Energy Balls, is brought to you courtesy of The Recipe ReDux and #NationalNutDay…

We had to take advantage of the fact that National Nut Day (October 22nd) falls on one of our ReDux monthly theme post days – so we can all go nuts! Share a healthy nut-filled recipe: Think whole nuts, chopped nuts, ground nuts, nut butter and/or nut flour. And Happy Nut Day!

And, I probably ought to thank my mother as well, as she has inspired me to keep a freezer drawer full of nuts. Yes. Not only do I have a tea drawer, but I also have a nut drawer (in my freezer) as well!

Hand holding 1 vegan caramel date energy balls.

Although I try not to play favorites as far as my nut choices are concerned, my mom is “that type”. You know the one who picks out all the cashew nuts from the See’s Mixed Nut can. You too??? So, cashew nuts in these energy bites were a must.

Oh, and did I mention that they’re low carb {5 g per bite} and low sugar {3 g per bite}??? But absolutely, completely, utterly delicious too!

You’re welcome, mom 🙂

Can you freeze date energy balls?

You betcha’! Whip up a batch of these yummy no-bake Caramel Date Energy Balls and stash ’em in your freezer. They make a delicious grab-and-go snack when you need some quick energy on the run. Or, even better, when you’ve got a craving for something sweet AND healthy to boot!

How to Make Caramel Date Energy Balls

  1. Grab your ingredients: Nuts (see recipe or choose your own variety of nuts), Dates, Coconut Oil, Maples Syrup, Vanilla, Sea Salt, and Optional: Hemp Seeds, Pumpkin Pie Spice
  2. Put all ingredients (except optional hemp seeds/pumpkin pie spice) in your food processor. Process until finely chopped and sticky.
  3. Divide mixture into ~ 10 servings and roll into Carmel Date Energy Balls.
  4. Coat with optional hemp seeds and/or pumpkin pie spice. Place in storage container in the freezer until ready to eat.
  5. That’s it! So easy, right?!!!

Oh, and be sure and save some for your mom. Wink, wink.

Collage with 3 photos of energy bites.

Nutrition/Tasting Notes

  • Naturally gluten-free, grain-free, low carb/low sugar, vegan, and paleo.
  • These Caramel Date Energy Balls are also free of these allergens: wheat, dairy, egg, and soy.
  • Nuts are highly recommended on the MIND diet and great for brain health!
  • Substitute the cashew nuts with almonds, macadamia nuts, or another nut for a low FODMAP option. (Note: The amount of dates is within Monash limits.)
  • I made three versions-plain, hemp, and pumpkin pie spice. It’s hard to decide which one I like the best-they’re all delicious! If you make them, I’d love to know what your favorite one is!
  • P.S. I love these frozen, but they’re also yummy {and a little softer too} stored in the refrigerator.
Caramel date energy balls with hemp seeds in a box with gold flecked tissue paper.

Easy Vegan Caramel Date Energy Balls

Utterly decedent, with a healthy twist, you'll fall head over heels in love with these easy, vegan Caramel Date Energy Balls!
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 balls


  • 1/2 cup raw walnuts
  • 1/2 cup raw pecans
  • 1/2 cup cashews
  • 1 date, pitted
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon virgin coconut oil
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Hemp Seeds, optional, for coating
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice, optional, for coating


  • Combine all ingredients, except optional pumpkin pie spice and hemp seeds, in a food processor. Pulse ingredients, scraping sides of food processor as necessary, until well combined and nuts are very finely chopped without turning in to nut butter.
  • Form mixture into 10 ~ 1-inch balls. Coat with optional pumpkin pie spice and/or hemp seeds if desired and store in refrigerator or freezer until ready to eat.


Substitute the cashew nuts with almonds, macadamia nuts, or another nut for a low FODMAP option. Note: The amount of dates is within Monash limits as of 10/14/20. You should be able to enjoy 2-3 caramel date energy balls as a low FODMAP serving.
If you want to omit the maple syrup, feel free to increase the amount of dates for additional sweetness.


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 90kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g
EA Stewart, RD | Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Low FODMAP, Mediterranean, MIND Diet, Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword no bake desserts
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