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!

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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.
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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.

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!
4.29 from 7 votes
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 balls

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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.

Nutrition

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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17 Comments

  1. Desert Farms UK says:

    I Must Say Wahoo it’s amazing and definitely I’ll try this!

  2. I love these! They were easy to make and came out great…thanks

    1. EA Stewart says:

      Thanks so much Paige! I’m so happy to hear they turned out well for you. Cheers!

  3. I need to always have these on hand for a quick energy boost. I love that you can freeze them!

    1. EA Stewart says:

      Thanks so much Sues! It’s always fun having yummy treats in the freezer 🙂 Cheers!

  4. Kristi Rimkus says:

    My hubby and I need to lose a few pounds so we’re working on a plan together, but he loves a sweet after dinner. These would be perfect!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      These are PERFECT for an after-dinner treat! Enjoy!!

  5. Elizabeth Shaw says:

    Beautiful nail color choice EA if I do say so :). And I have to admit, I am a selective nut eater myself! I don’t dislike any nuts, but I’m drawn to almonds first… then those Brazil nuts, then of course pecans.. and then I’ll round out with peanuts. But, my favorite nut butter is peanut butter, so technically no one is in last place lol! Great recipe!

  6. Caroline @ Caroline Kaufman Nutrition says:

    They look so pretty rolled in spices and hemp seeds! I love the mix of nuts with maple, vanilla and sea salt. These are on my list to make for sure 🙂

  7. These look so tasty, I love how simple they are and how they combine so many tasty things into one little bite!
    Oh- and I am loving that nail polish color too 🙂

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks Katy!! And, so glad you’re lovin’ my nail polish too-my nails aren’t usually polished, so this was fun to do 🙂

  8. Viviane Bauquet Farre says:

    I love nuts and I love caramel! These look like just the thing for a midday boost of energy 🙂

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Hi Viviane! To be completely honest, since I was busy recipe testing yesterday, the only thing I had to eat all day until dinner were a few of these energy bits. Not usually what I do/recommend, BUT, I had plenty of energy yesterday 🙂

  9. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living says:

    I love these little bites EA – they are packed with so many of my favorite ingredients. I have a nut drawer, spice drawer, and condiment cabinet – love having so many different ingredients on hand to play with.

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Thanks so much Jeanette! And, agreed-A well-stocked pantry is absolutely the best 🙂

  10. Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says:

    Girl, I feel yea 😉 I have a tea shelf, vinegar shelf, entire spice cabinet, and my nuts are all of the place in the fridge!

    1. The Spicy RD says:

      Ha, ha! Yes to a combo spice/vinegar rack/shelf too!!