5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites

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Stack of gluten-free vegan Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Energy Bites

Sometimes, “real” food sounds exhausting and you just want something quick and easy to throw into your purse and call “lunch” without anyone judging you.

Well, consider this a judgment free zone. And if today is one of those days, here is my solution: Energy bites!

5 ingredients
15 minutes
Naturally sweetened
Tastes like a peanut butter cup

Get on board.

Oats, chia seeds, dark chocolate, peanut butter, and dates

I’m kind of into quick and easy right now.

Warmer weather has meant more adventuring for us and I love having snacky things on hand for sporadic activities. I’m like that weird friend of yours with all the mom things in her purse who doesn’t actually have any kids. No sign of babies around here, just so many snacks.

Blender with freshly blended dates for making energy bites

So, energy bites! 5 ingredients:

Peanut butter
Chia seeds
Dairy-free dark chocolate

The good news about these little gems is they’re totally customizable! No peanut butter? Sub any other nut butter. Not into chocolate (seriously Rhonda?)? Omit it and add more oats and chia seeds. Never heard of chia seeds? Sub flax or hemp seeds. It’s that easy friends.

Blender filled with ingredients for our simple Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites

This is basically hippie cookie dough. Take a spoon and eat it straight. (Who on Earth would do such a thing? Me –  I would.)

Or reach down in there and roll the batter into little portable energy bites.

Your friends are gonna be so happy to see what’s in your mom purse.

Holding up a freshly rolled Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bite for a delicious snack
Platter filled with gluten-free vegan Peanut Butter Cup Chia Seed Energy Bites

These guys are so good it’s dangerous! They’re:

Peanut buttery
Crunchy from the chia seeds
Naturally sweetened
& Seriously delicious

Races? Hikes? Road trips? Travel? These are the snacks for you.

Homemade PB Cup Energy Bites for a delicious protein-packed vegan snack

If you try this recipe, you know the drill. Let us know by leaving a comment or taking a picture and tagging it #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We love seeing what you come up with. Cheers!

Stack of homemade gluten-free Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites

5 Ingredient Peanut Cup Energy Bites

EASY, 5 ingredient peanut butter energy bites sweetened with dates and studded with oats, dark chocolate and chia seeds! Full of fiber, protein and healthy fats.
Author Minimalist Baker
Tray of Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites made with dates
4.9 from 167 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 15 (bites)
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week


  • 1 cup dates (pitted // if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain well)
  • 3 Tbsp all-natural salted peanut or almond butter
  • 1/4 cup dairy-free dark chocolate (roughly chopped)
  • 1 Tbsp chia seeds (or sub flax or hemp seeds)
  • 2/3 cup gluten-free rolled oats


  • Pulse pitted dates in a food processor or blender until they’re in small pieces or it forms a ball (see photo).
  • Add oats, chocolate, chia seeds and peanut butter and pulse or mix until combined. You want there to be consistently small pieces but not overly processed.
  • Carefully roll into 1-inch balls (29-30 grams per ball), using the warmth of your hands to mold them together. Should yield 14-15 balls (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
  • To set, pop in fridge or freezer for 15 minutes. Otherwise, eat as is! Will keep fresh in an air-tight bag or container for up to a week. Freeze for longer term storage.



* Loosely adapted from my No-Bake Cookie Bars.
* Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 15 servings)

Serving: 1 bites Calories: 92 Carbohydrates: 14 g Protein: 2.1 g Fat: 3.4 g Saturated Fat: 0.8 g Trans Fat: 0 g Cholesterol: 0 mg Sodium: 10 mg Fiber: 2.5 g Sugar: 9 g

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  1. Molly King says

    I am obsessed with these!! I started eating them at the end of my pregnancy (as they recommend date intake for labor) and can’t get enough. I make them every week! I always soak the dates in warm water first and I also add a tbs flax seed and sometimes a splash of almond milk in the blender to add a little moisture.

    • Molly King says

      I forgot to add that I also don’t blend the chocolate chips, I prefer them whole, so mix them in after. I also keep them in the freezer and like how they taste cold. They don’t freeze solid.

  2. OUCHICK99 says

    These were so good! A few notes: soaked the dates in warm water for ten minutes, and added a pinch of salt and 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract to the mix; rolled in toasted, unsweetened coconut before I chilled. Also, I didn’t have dark chocolate, so after everything was blended in the food processor, I hand-mixed in mini chocolate chips. This is a keeper!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

  3. Erin Pawelek says

    Hi! I am wanting to make these for a friend who just had a baby but I don’t have any dates on hand. Could I sub honey? And if so, how much? Thank you!!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Erin, we aren’t sure the texture would be quite right, but it might work! Maybe start with 1/4 cup and work your way up? Or another dried fruit might work better!

  4. Sascha says

    Just tried this and just realized I forgot the chia seed, oops. My blender did not like it (maybe I should soak my dates longer) but, it tastes absolutely amazing! I’ll definitely do them again

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Sascha, using super fresh dates or soaking them should help. We’re so glad you enjoyed them even without the chia seeds! Thank you for sharing!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! What type of blender are you using? Were the dates nice and sticky? If not, did you soak them in warm water first?

      • Claudia says

        It’s an osterizer 12 speed and yes the dates were very sticky. I did not soak them in water unfortunately:(

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          If you have a powerful food processor, we’d suggest transferring them to that instead.

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Anya! We haven’t tried these bites with cocoa powder but it could work. We’d suggest starting with 2 Tbsp and increasing if you want it more chocolatey, you may also want to add a splash of maple syrup to balance the bitterness of the cocoa powder. Let us know how it goes if you give it a try!

  5. Michelle says

    Quick, easy and yummy. I made these to take for our snack this week when we go out exploring the mountains in Montana on our ATV’s.

  6. MEL says

    VERY quick and easy, and totally delicious! I eat them for pre workout snacks, if i’m fancying something sweet (all the time) or when i’m in a rush…i can just pop one or two in my mouth and be on my way!!
    thanks so much

  7. Raya says

    Yummy! Few too many oats IMO, it’s not great texturally. Next time I will use half the oats, toast and blend them a bit first, and try other add ins like coconut and chopped nuts.

  8. Coral says

    These are delicious! I’m not a huge fan of date flavor, however the predominant flavors are peanut butter and chocolate if you follow the basic recipe and add the recommended amounts of each. This did not come together well in my blender even though I added 1-2 tbs water. No issue—I just blended what I could and incorporated the rest with my hands in a bowl.

    I added 2 tbs unflavored protein powder. I used hemp seeds instead of chia seeds. I also subbed in semisweet mini chocolate chips and a few milk chocolate chips for extra decadence. Lastly, I added a pinch of salt because the dates were so sweet. The flavor and texture are spot on and these refrigerate nicely. I will be experimenting with versions of this in the future!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thank you for sharing your experience and tips, Coral! A food processor tends to work better with date recipes than a blender, so if you have one, we’d suggest trying that for next time.

      • MumOfMany says

        My little ones really enjoyed making these together as an activity. This was a super tasty recipe, a great healthy alternative lunch box filler! Thank you for sharing!

  9. Jen says

    Do you think subbing strawberry spread for dates would work, or would it be too sticky? I saw a product on the market that uses freeze dried strawberries, but those can taste weird.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jen, we do think it would be too sticky. But a dried fruit (not freeze dried) might work!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Edan, you can click the “jump to recipe” button at the top of the page to skip to the recipe. Hope that helps!

    • Evalata says

      Agreed, the ads have become a bit much Dana. Even when I click on Jump to recipe, I’m interrupted by pop-ups and unwanted video playing.
      I made the balls just now and they are great 👍🏻

      • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

        Hi Evalata, We’re so glad you enjoyed the balls! Thank you for your feedback and sorry for any inconvenience. We always try to optimize for user experience, while also having ads to keep the content free.

      • Gerry says

        These absolutely works with almond flour and are YUMMY! I used Trader Joe’s 72% dark choc chips and added some cacao nibs that gave a subtle crunch. Great for an afternoon snack! Thank you for providing the calculator to increase or decrease portions – helpful when you’re low on a key ingredient like dates and still want to make it ;-)

        They get hard in the refrigerator with the almond flour, but sit them out for a bit and they soften right up. Thanks for another great recipe!

  10. Chloe says

    These are so incredible and check off all the boxes for my sweet tooth!! Making another batch this weekend and curious if you’ve ever tried adding protein powder?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Chloe! We haven’t tried adding protein powder, but it may dry them out a bit. We’d suggest starting with not more than 1 Tbsp. Let us know how it goes!

  11. Mary Ann says

    I made these using dates that were not very soft. I soaked them for quite a while in warm water (changed the water when it got cool). These balls were pretty dry and kind of boring. I don’t have to watch my gluten or dairy so I used regular oats and some sweetened dark chocolate, along with a mixed nut butter. I added some vanilla extract hoping that the liquid would help. They tasted bland, so I added some honey. They still are pretty boring. Sadly, I’m using them as a “vehicle” for Nutella at this point. Sorry!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Mary Ann, sorry to hear they didn’t turn out as you were hoping. What type of dates were you using? It’s also possible that soaking them too long removed a lot of their flavor.

      • Mary Ann says

        I used medjool dates but this batch was not nearly as moist as ones I have previously bought. I will definitely try this recipe again using better dates, and using the peanut butter as opposed to the mixed nut blend. Thank you for responding to my review…I see that you do that for everyone and I think that that is so professional and thoughtful of you. :)

  12. Isabelle Pham says

    I make this on a weekly basis and bring them to work as an afternoon power snack/treat. It is so easy to make and healthy and delicious!

  13. Ashley says

    I added cashew pulp leftover from homemade cashew milk and omitted hemp seeds (they aren’t available where I live). My dates were really soft so I used a cup of oats to help with the stickiness. I roughly chopped the dates and I was able to mix everything with my hands. So good!

  14. Jen says

    My partner has a serious sweet tooth so I am forever on a quest for healthier substitutes. I made these to battle his peanut M&M addiction and they were a hit!! Made them in my ninja bullet in 2 small batches to make sure it all mixed and they turned out awesome!

  15. Rick Harris says

    First, these are totally delicious 😋
    Second, it’s a response to @Olivia really.
    I got into a horrid sticky mess with the dates in the Vitamix first time round. So now I buy blocks of soft date paste instead. It’s still 100 percent Medjool dates but already blended into a 1kg block. It available from Amazon in UK called Crown Date Paste.
    You can blend it into balls with the other ingredients simply using your hands.

  16. Olivia says

    I love these so much! However, I no longer have a food processor and am missing them a lot..Is it possible to make these in a nutribullet 600w?

  17. Christine says

    I love this! I was looking for a recipe since dates are supposed to be good for the last few weeks of pregnancy, which is where I am right now.
    The PB and chocolate chips take over in the best of ways, the chia.seeds add an awesome texture, the oats bring substance and the dates, sweetness, of course. So yummy!
    I managed to make two batches, one at a time, with my small Cuisinart food processor. I couldn’t tell you if my dates are “dried” or not, but I did end up needing to add some water to get everything to blend together.
    Otherwise the only moisture in the recipe is from the dates and peanut butter.

  18. Laurie says

    They are amazing!!! Chia seeds give them a bit of a sandy texture so next time I will substitute the chia seeds for ground or whole flaxseeds. Will definitely make these again.

  19. tara mitchell says

    These are yummy! Do they ever fully firm up in the freezer or do they remain chewy? Either way, no problems here. 😊

  20. Kate says

    These are such a delicious and satisfying snack! My mixture was a bit dry so I added a couple tablespoons of my date soaking water to get it sticky enough to roll into balls. I may adjust the amount of dates next time as they were a bit sweet for me.

  21. Karen says

    Yum! Yum! Yum! I was looking for some new ideas for date balls. I saw minimalist baker in the search and knew it would be a good one. These remind me of the no bakes we made back in the day. The only sub I made was ground flax seed for the chia. I added vanilla too. They’re so easy to make, and so so delicious. Thank you for another great recipe.

  22. Joa says

    Hi! There is possible to make this in bars to take on the go? I was thinking about put all the mix in a square mold, cut and freeze.

    I’m adding this this recipe to my week meal prep but I was wondering if is possible in a shape that I can stack the snacks and save some space in the fridge!

  23. Lisa says

    My whole family loves your recipes!! One of the few sites we know what we make will always turn out great! I haven’t made the energy bites yet, but had a question. Some recipes call for medjool dates, and some just say “dates.” Is there a difference or one I should use over the other for the no-bake recipes? Thanks!!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Aw, thanks Lisa! We prefer medjool dates in all of them, but sometimes forget to specify. Deglet noor would also work.

  24. Erin M says

    These are so tasty! Made with all the same ingredients except I only had crunchy JIF for the peanut butter. I will definitely make these again!

  25. Megan Jordan says

    These look RIDIC and I cannot wait to make these. However, is there a way to sub cacao powder for the dark chocolate chunks? (I have eaten all the 85% dark chocolate in the house, as I tend to do — b/c COVID!) If so, what does the alteration look like? Thanks!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Megan, that might work, but we’d suggest also adding sweetener to taste. You may also want to check out this recipe for guidance. Hope that helps!

      • Rebs says

        I always thought chia seeds had to be soaked in some kind of milk do they absorb enough of the ingredients here so that’s not necessary?

        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Hi Rebs, It’s not essential to soak them. You can also leave them out or sub flax or hemp seeds.

  26. Amanda says

    This are really great and satisfy my sweet cravings! I recommend just using a food processor. I started in my Vitamix and the dates just got stuck in the bottom. I also added some coconut and it was delicious :)

  27. Amy-Leigh S says

    These are so easy to make and are so tasty, you could easy eat all of them at once and not even realise.
    So quick and easy to make, will defo be regular in our house.
    I followed the recipe however as I thought the mix was looking a little dry I added around a teaspoon of honey to bring it together, gorg. Thank you for your wonderful recipe, will be searching for more no bake bites.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Amy-Leigh! Thanks so much for sharing! We’d recommend using a drippy peanut butter for best results on texture.

  28. julie says

    I added a little maple syrup as the mixture was very thick so I think it depends on the peanut butter or almond butter you use. I then rolled some in chopped nuts and some in dried cranberries.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We tend to use a more drippy PB, so that could be the discrepancy. Thanks for sharing, Julie!

  29. Kristin says

    These are great, picky eater approved by my toddler. I used non dairy chocolate chips as my chocolate and kept eveything else the same. I did have a problem throwing them into my husbands mouth across the room though, for some reason they kept bouncing off his face… I’m not sure what I did wrong there but he at least still ate them. One question I have is are they ok stored at room temp or do they need to be refrigerated? Thanks!

  30. Kathleen says

    I have a ton of dates leftover from eating them while pregnant, and needed some way to use them. This is perfect because oatmeal and dates are good for breastfeeding 😊

  31. jean says

    I just HAD to have some chocolate but I’m avoiding fat and processed sugar so these were perfect! Made them with cocoa powder instead of bar chocolate and added some chopped almonds. Oh yeah!

  32. Adi says

    Thanks for the recipe !! I used date paste instead of dates and everything became very moist so I couldn’t make balls out of it. What can I add to make it more solid next time?

  33. Zara says

    I used 14 tsp (one tsp per ball) of maca powder instead of oats. I also added a splash of coffee to the dates to help puree them. My mini food processor was perfect here.

  34. Juliana says

    That was pretty good! I didn’t have chocolate, so mixed a few choc chips, cacao nibs, some shredded coconut, hemp seeds, and a bit of cacao powder :)
    Started in my blender but it didn’t really move much, so finished it in my food processor.

  35. Trish says

    Just made these delicious morsels, yes, I had 1 or 2 before putting in the fridge to set… who wouldn’t.
    I only made one change to this, I added one tbsp of cocoa,
    “Oh hell yeah”!
    I’ll definitely be making these again.
    Thanks for the Recipe.

  36. Shelley C says

    Third time making these! I love them so much. Helps get me through my hunger when I’m trying to figure out what I want to make for dinner.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Shelley! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

  37. Jackie says

    Perfect little, easy treats that are super quick and easy to make!

    The only planning is to give some time to soak the dates if they are dry to start. I had to soak them longer than 10 minutes, but I used tap water. Next time I’ll use warm/hot water. My dough was still a little dry/crumbly so I had to add a little liquid (soy milk) to get the dough to come together. My only “complaint” is that the chia seeds get stuck in my teeth- obviously has nothing to do with the recipe but is a user error, LOL, so I might switch to flax meal next time.

    Which is why I love this recipe even more because it’s very adaptable using different butters, cacao nibs/powder vs chocolate chips, different seeds, etc.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks for sharing! Yes, chia seeds are very attracted to teeth. Ha! Have some floss nearby.

  38. Jo says

    Easy recipe giving a delicious moist snack. Everyone loves these.
    I used half peanut butter and half almond butter.
    Thanks for the recipes 😀👍

  39. Kae says

    I bought dates on an utter whim, because grocery store had Palestinian dates and I couldn’t refuse. So, I made these last month and they were SO GOOD as a snack with a glass of milk, a quick grab from the freezer so I can maximise the use of my breaks! I may be working from home, but I still have a set schedule! Gonna make these again today or tomorrow. ❤️

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Kae. We are so glad you enjoy them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  40. Jessica says

    I noticed you don’t recommend soaking the oats. I did some reading and found one blogger who recommended soaking oats before using for anything, otherwise they can be harder to digest and cause bloating. Thoughts? I’m also wondering what would happen if you soak the oats and then mix them into energy balls. You would need a way to balance the wet ingredients.

    Also, I’ve been curious for a while about using Chia dry. Some people recommend drinking more water if you plan to eat Chia dry. Also wondering if cooking Chia causes loss of nutrients. What are your thoughts on that?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jessica, soaking should improve digestibility, but it’s mostly a matter of whether you’re willing/able to do the extra effort. If soaking, you would need to dehydrate in the oven before adding to the energy bites. For chia seeds, we aren’t aware of cooking causing loss of nutrients, but it’s possible. They do absorb a lot of water, so it’s not a bad idea to drink with water. Hope that helps!

      • Jessica says

        So I would need to hydrate them through soaking and then do you hydrate them again in the oven before using?

  41. Clare McCarron says

    These are really good. Your site is excellent by the way. It has become my go-to website for ideas. Well Done. Clare (UK)

  42. Jess says

    This was my first minimalist Baker recipe and what a great one to start with!
    These energy balls were so easy to make, ingredients easy to source and a great snack addition in the house. Sweet, but not overly indulgent – I will definitely be making these regularly, and in larger portions!

    Thank you for this recipe!

  43. nora says

    i used almond butter, flax seeds and substituted dates for dried plums and omg they turned out so yummy! these will be the fuel for my 100km bike ride tomorrow 🔥

  44. Aria says

    Hello, I have made this recipe today. I had to add a bit of almond milk to make the balls less dry and easier to mold.
    Very nice and filling snack.

  45. Akriti Sharan says

    Super easy and delicious. I subbed cocoa powder (1.5 TBSP) for the chocolate, and it’s still super sweet and chocolatey. I definitely recommend soaking the dates in water for at least 30 minutes.

  46. Larissa says

    I made these twice already with a spin of coconut and mu hubby absolutely feel in love with both version. Thanks for this simple and easy recipe xx

  47. Giuliana says

    Hey ! Thanks for this recipe. I made these tonight following the recipe to the letter, including soaking the dates. Unfortunately it bogged down my food processor so much I thought it was broken, the blades wouldn’t spin at all! I tried adding a couple of table spoons and water and stirring the mixture and that didn’t seem to help. Any tips? Would there be a role for honey/maple syrup? Maybe fewer oats or dates? open to all suggestions as the spoonful of everything together tasted really good!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Oh no! Sorry to hear that happened, Giuliana! We assume there weren’t any pieces of pit that got left in the dates? Is it a powerful food processor?

      • Giuliana says

        Hey! No pits! I tried in a blender and had a bit more success. I’m looking into a new food processor. Made them twice now, but technically difficulties. Flavour spot on

  48. Katie says

    Really enjoyed these! They feel like a treat that isn’t totally *overindulging*. I skipped soaking the dates because I had just bought them and they didn’t feel “dry”, but I had a really difficult time getting them to blend so don’t skip soaking the dates. Another keeper recipe!

  49. Michelle Doo Van Rafelghem says

    Super fast and super easy! A food processor certainly helps. My picky 14 year old boy and 12 year old daughter approve as does my hubby. Just subbed almond butter for my peanut allergic son. Found rolled oats at the back of my pantry. Used the processor to help chop up the choc chips before processing the dates. Didn’t even need to coat with toasted dried coconut but certainly could if desired

    Thank you for an awesome one!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad your enjoyed this recipe, Michelle! Thanks for the lovely review! xo

  50. Jackie says

    Hi Dana! These are our quarantine staple! Absolutely love this simple and delicious snack. Thank you for all that you do.

  51. Michelle Doo Van R says

    Ooops! Hit submit before finishing! I like that they are lower in carbs than some of the other recipes. Excited to try them in a few minutes!

  52. Michael Zee says

    I don’t have a food processor so I’m wondering if there are any options for the dates? Can i just use a knife and cut them into very small pieces?

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Michael, They won’t be quite as well blended, but yes, should still work! Let us know how it goes!

    • Michelle Doo Van R says

      Is this the Michael Zee from HK/Taiwan/USC?

      Also, I will probably try to use toasted oats as I don’t have rolled.


  53. Diane Heinrich says

    These are delicious! I used natural crunchy peanut butter and a bit of agave for extra sweetener. Then rolled them in fine coconut ?? Doubled the recipe as others suggested, glad I did as they won’t last long!

  54. Katrin Faridani says

    I just made this recipe for the second time and I doubled the recipe. I added pumpkin seeds and slivered almonds after blending and they are divine!!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for sharing, Katrin. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  55. Michele Mercer says

    The most difficult part about making these peanut butter cup energy bites is not eating them all immediately! This is a super easy recipe to make and are fun to make.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Carolyn. We are so glad you and your grandchildren enjoy them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  56. Lily says

    I made this and it was so thick that is actually broke my VitaMix, but luckily it is under warranty. Was too pissed off to finish that the mixture has just been left in my fridge.

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Bummer. You can see my grievances + tips for the Vitamix here. It seems to especially struggle with dates. In which case, we’d recommend using a food processor for this recipe.

  57. Rubia Campi says

    Super easy, healthy and delicious! My 3yo daughter looooved it (she has no allergies so we are cool with the peanuts) and I am having little bites of heaven ?

  58. Kristin says

    Ok, so I am not a health nut. I love Reece’s. But I’m pregnant and trying to watch my weight and what I put in my body. I came across this recipe after reading how good dates are for you, and I decided to make them. Let let me tell you these are FANTASTIC!! My husband and 4 year old ask couldn’t stop eating them, had to make 2 batches! Mind-blown! Thank you for this recipe!

  59. Melissa says

    I just loved this recipe as it was so easy to make and I could find every thing I needed at any local shop, my best friends have all been jealous of my “mum purse” lately and I’m so happy I can afford to give them some. Thank you so much x

  60. Tracey says

    So easy to make and absolutely delicious! Just enough of a hint of chocolate to satisfy my chocolate craving.
    Thanks you!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Tracey. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  61. Maria says

    The chia seeds give these SUCH a delightful and satisfying texture… I recently have become obsessed with dates and all-date-things and these filled the craving splendidly while being so easy, with minimal prep and minimal effort. They taste like a grownup version of a peanut butter cup (but these don’t hurt my sensitive teeth from the amount of sugar!). Fantastic recipe, thanks for sharing!!

  62. Julia says

    These are a miracle! I am a university student who also works, and most mornings I need to be out the door by 7 AM. Since classes started back up, I’ve just been skipping breakfast & eating whenever I have time in between lectures. These energy bites have been a life saver! They’re super easy to make & the most expensive things on the ingredients list are the dates. I just make a double batch at the beginning of the week and bring 2 or 3 to work with me every day. So far, no more hunger headaches while I wait for a break in my schedule!

  63. Cheryl D Garcia says

    Hi, I really like this recipe! I just made it today and it is very simple and easy. I learned my dates are a bit dry after I blended them with most of the ingredients and they didn’t seem to hold together – BUT I knew of an idea and it happened to work: I have some unsweetened applesauce and added just a heaping tablespoon and that did the trick. They came together well and held into balls nicely. They are resting gently in the fridge now, minus the few that we couldn’t resist eating right away! Thanks so much for this great recipe, these are yummy! ;)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing the applesauce trick, Cheryl. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  64. Melissa Cabezas says

    Wow! I wanted something decadent but also something that I wouldn’t feel too guilty eating. This is it. I followed the recipe and while I had a tricky time getting all the bits out from the bottom of the blender, the result was delicious and quite filling. I will be making these again. Thank you!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Melissa! Using a food processor will make it easier to get the bits out. Hope that helps!

  65. Mike says

    These things are awesome! I’ve made a few batches now, it’s hard to stay away from them haha.
    I’m not vegan but I love that it’s all just fruit/nut/seed ingrediants and doesn’t have to be cooked. Thank you!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Mike. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  66. Chelly Davidson says

    Five star yummyness – so easy to make definitely a healthy indulgence when added to most fruits especially strawberries ?

  67. Ngi says

    I made these, they didn´t come out looking exactly the same(I didn´t have enough dates), but the combination of ingredients is just delicious. I take it to work to have as a snack instead of more processed foods. Eating just 2 of them i’m good to go for the whole morning.

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Thanks so much for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoy them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

  68. Sharon says

    I made these today. I don’t think I put enough dates in the first time, they didn’t seem very sticky at first. I added a handful more of dates and another tablespoon of peanut butter. Then they stuck together and are absolutely delicious.

  69. Jessie says

    These are really delicious with cashew butter – for a much more subtle nut flavor. The only chocolate I had was the cherry + almond dark chocolate Chocolove bar and it was amazing. Recommended!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hmm, maybe your dates were extra sticky and fresh! We would say add even more oats or try fewer dates next time? Hope that helps!

  70. Michelle A says

    Just made these and I’m already onto my third one …ooops hahah

    However I don’t know where I went wrong but the mixture was super super sticky and when I went to make a ball it literally just smushed into my palms LOL..
    I then wet my hands and was able to form the balls but it wasn’t quite the texture I thought it would come out as (just because it was a little tricky to make the balls).
    Popped them into the fridge for a couple hours to set nicely and they are delish!

    Just wondering what I can do next time round so I don’t struggle too much with making the balls and the super sticky mixture? (I know it needs to be sticky to stick but it was literally stuck to my hands and not forming a ball >.< )

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Michelle! Add more oats! And you can also refrigerate the mixture for about 30 minutes before scooping and rolling to prevent sticking as well. xo!

      Also, next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

    • Avatar for Dana @ Minimalist BakerDana @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi there! I believe the ones we use are by Enjoy Life. But it looks like Choc Zero and Lily’s might be a good option.

  71. Beth says

    I know I can trust minimalist baker recipes, so I made a double batch even though I’ve not tried it. These are delicious, you have just the right amounts of each ingredient. I didn’t have chocolate, but cacao nibs worked really well with this. Thank you!

  72. Jill says

    I made these before half marathon and they are so easy and so delicious! Great source of fiber, potassium and energy. Definitely a keeper!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Liz, we haven’t tried it, but we think that should work! You may have to add a little more nut butter to compensate. Let us know if you give it a try!

  73. Micah says

    Sooooo good! I’m a dancer and often have short breaks to eat, so I can’t wait to show up to the studio with these bad boys. I love how easily customizable they are. I doubled the chia seeds, and instead of chopping and adding the chocolate, I melted the chocolate (and added cinnamon), then completely coated the balls, and sprinkled with finely chopped walnuts and hazelnuts. They kinda look like Ferrero Rochers!

  74. alltogethertravels says

    These were a big hit in our house. My husband absolutely loved them. They are very easy to make. We were going out to the park and I simply let the dates soak while packing up other things. I loved how just one satisfied my chocolate craving. I do have some concerns about taking the on trips where an ice pack or cooler are available. They could get a bit messy. That definitely won’t stop me from making them again !

  75. Sarah says

    I have made several recipes from this site. These were easy and tasty. I added a little maple syrup to help bind them together. I substituted pecan pieces for the chia. Overall, I judge a recipe if I will make again and I will make these again.

  76. Erika Crowley says

    These are awesome and totally taste like peanut butter cups! I used 3 tbsp homemade almond/cashew butter and added 2 tbsp peanut butter since it was a tad sweet for me.

    Thank you, Dana!

  77. Nadine Weller says

    I made a double batch using cacao nibs and both chia & flax, blitzed together in the thermo.
    Delicious, will definitely make again when I’m avoiding sugar.

  78. Kate says

    Great for vegans/gluten free!

    I added 1 tablespoon maple syrup and a half tablespoon of cacao for added flavour and to bind the mixture together.

  79. Kelly says

    These have become a weekly meal prep staple in our house! They are the perfect after work snack which hold me over on the car ride home. So easy to make and modify, based on what we have in our cupboard. So far we’ve tried adding shredded coconut and hazelnuts (just a few or they become overpowering). We also made the last batch without peanut butter because we ran out, and they still stuck together nicely.

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  80. Ashley says

    I am nearly 39 weeks pregnant and heard that dates can help with labor. I’m not a big date fan so I made this recipe as written in hopes that I would be able to devour some dates. These are amazing!!! The chocolate and peanut butter are really the perfect flavor combo. I made a double batch thinking that I might freeze some to keep on hand for after the baby comes, but I don’t know that they’ll last that long! Thanks for a great recipe!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Congratulations and thanks so much for the lovely review, Ashley. We are so glad you enjoyed these! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  81. Katie says

    Made these in my vitamix tonight. So yummy! My boyfriend thought they tasted like “cookies.” I added a teaspoon of coconut oil to add a little moisture. My dates weren’t dry, but I still felt like it needed a little more moisture. I think the little bit of coconut oil did the trick! I used cacao nibs for the chocolate. Otherwise I followed the recipe! Thank you for great content!!!

  82. Taran says

    Tried them and replaced chocolate with Cacau powder and plus added some ground almonds .
    They came out soo nice and everyone who tried them was bowled over .. they taste naughty I was told but soo delicious.. helps with the chocolate cravings .. thank you

  83. Jamie says

    So good! I made another recipe for date balls at the same time, but I kind of wish I had just made more of these :). The PB really puts these over the top!

  84. Jeanne says

    I made these tonight. I used baking dates, which were a lot cheaper and already kind of puried, so I didn’t have to bother with the food processor. I also added a few crumbled up pecans and it gave them another layer of texture. I heated the dates up in the microwave for a very short time and it made everything real easy to mix together. These are very good- I’m excited to have one with my coffee tomorrow morning!

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      So glad you are enjoying this recipe, Jeanne. Love your tips as well! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

  85. Barbara says

    I think this might be an updated recipe. I wanted to post it to a Japan Vegetarian group, but I have this recipe. Is it yours? Date and Nut No Bake Energy Bites

    ½ cup roasted, unsalted nuts. Peanuts, almonds, walnuts, etc.
    1 cup dates* – I did not soak mine.
    1 cup rolled oats
    1 Tblspn chia seeds
    1 teaspn cinnamon
    2 Tblspn honey
    1. Add the nuts to the food processor and pulse a few times.
    2. Add in the dates and pulse again.
    3. Next, add in the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon. Process until a dough begins to form.
    4. Add the honey and pulse to mix.
    5. With slightly damp hands, roll the dough into balls roughly 1 inch in diameter.
    6. Store in an airtight container. They will last for at least a week on your counter and longer in the fridge (if you haven’t eaten them all by then!).
    *Make sure your dates are very moist. If they are on the dry side, soak them in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain the water and use the dates as described.

  86. Paulina says

    These are sooo delicious! I was skeptical when you wrote that they’re like vegan cookie dough – they really are! Amazing, thank you Dana!

  87. Manders says

    Made these and my family polished them all off before the day was done.,made an extra batch so I could eat more in the morning :)

  88. Laura says

    I made these as-is and they’re delicious! I don’t normally even like dates, but the other flavors really complemented the dates. Made for a quick, healthy snack and breakfast throughout the week. Thank you!

  89. Laura says

    Made these yesterday! I used sunflower seed butter due to a peanut intolerance and I made some ‘chocolate’ out of coconut oil and cacao powder. These are so great! And perfect for keeping my sweet tooth under control. Thanks for the recipe!

  90. Julie says

    Can You substitute something else for oatmeal. I can’t eat oatmeal(allergy) or gluten products. Your recipes look delicious!!

      • Gerry says

        Do you mean like possibly subbing almond flour for oats (if one can’t eat oats)? Also is there a link to the Vitamix tips you referred to in another response? I don’t have a food processor but do have a Vitamix.


        • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

          Yes, it might work! You can find the tips here under the header “vitamix tips”. Hope it’s helpful!

  91. Zoe says

    These are so delicious and easy! I added a little bit of coconut oil to make them stick together more and it turned out perfect. Thank you!

  92. Vaida says

    Just made these delicious energy balls. They so lush, my 11 year old said it tastes like a snickers bar. I added some nuts for my other half, work really well. I sprinkled some coconut shavings just to decorate it.
    Highly recommend this receipe.

  93. Emily says

    So deliciously simple! I love that I had everything on hand and didn’t need a trip to the store. Thanks!

  94. Anna says

    Thank you for this recipe! I’ve just starting trying to make energy bites and have made them twice now and it was so good! My husband really liked them too. I used sunflower butter and added cranberries to my second batch. I don’t have a food processor so I used my magic bullet which took quite a while for everything to come together can the ingredients kept clumping up and not blending well so I had to scrape and shake the bullet multiple times. It’s still worth the effort though! I’ll be using this to add my own variations in the future!

  95. Mish says

    Wow, a great version of the healthy ball! Even better with the raw oats. I ate the last smallest ball that I rolled, will have to limit myself to only one per day though. I plan to do a healthier version with cacao and home made peanut butter next time :)

  96. Anne says

    Wow!!!! These are delicious! I tasted the mixture, and because of the dates it seemed overly sweet, so I added a spoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Came out perfect! I only have one problem though… how do I stop eating these???? :-)

  97. Rebecca says

    A little bit date heavy for my tastes. I’d like a stronger PB and chocolate flavour. In saying that, they won’t go to waste and will be nice with a coffee :)

  98. Jo-Anne says

    YUM! So delicious! We added some extra oats as it was a bit sticky would increase it to a cup next time but so delicious!

  99. Molly says

    I know this is an old recipe, but just Made these to keep in the fridge to grab and go in the mornings and it took all my strength not to eat them right away. So tasty. I added fewer dates, extra chia, and a little coconut oil…and they are delicious!

    Thank you for all your great recipes and ideas. This is my go to blog for healthy easy food!

  100. Lisa says

    I have made these several times now for my daughter when she goes on her Scout hikes. She LOVES them! They are always the first thing on her packing list, and I now make extra for the Scout leaders, too. Much better and tastier than any bought energy snack.

  101. Ktor says

    Since oats need to be soaked for quite awhile beforehand and shouldn’t be eaten raw like
    this, how would you recommend incorporating that process into this recipe?

  102. Alana says

    Great recipe! I only had 3/4 cups dates left, but I just added a little apple sauce at the end when it looked a bit dry and it came out great. Will definitely make these again.

  103. Emily says

    There are so good, I’ve just whipped up my second batch for this month…the taste reminds me of cookie dough!

  104. Gina Umstatter says

    If I’m using chocolate nut butter, can I skipped the chocolate in the recipe? Thank you! Very excited to make these

  105. Nicola Lyle says

    I made these for my daughter when she was racing a Grand Prix style triathlon (3 short races in 3 hours). She ate them between races and were delicious enough to tempt her between races, and easy to eat/digest!

  106. Darby Bundy says

    These are one of my favorite snack balls of all time! Seriously, never a let-down when I pack them for work for a snack. They taste like Reece’s or Butterfinger and just one or 2 will tide you over. Really like how fast they come together and how few ingredients it requires, and if you’ve made similar versions before, you know they can be versatile for flavors, as long as you know how to keep the right consistency. I added cinnamon the second time, and then thought of having a Mexican chocolate version somehow, but decided to not potentially ruin a good thing and stop there. :D Anyway, love ’em.

  107. Sue E says

    Guilt free snacking! Great taste and texture! Super quick and easy! Have made and also recommended to others many times! Also great to grab on the go! Definitely a hit! Thank you, a staple in my house. ?

  108. Adi says

    I ground the oats a bit, substituted the chocolate pieces for desiccated coconut and rolled them in coconut – absolutely DELICIOUS!! Thank you for the recipe!!

  109. J says

    I soaked Deglet dates in water for 10 minutes and substituted the chopped chocolate for cocoa powder. These are delicious, chewy and with a little bit of crunch from the chia seeds and springy chew from the oats! Really nice little snack to round out the day. Thank you for sharing!

  110. Dhivya Ram says

    These were so good.. Thanks for sharing.. I had to blend them in batches, but end product was very good. I also added some freshly roasted peanuts in addition to the peanut butter…

  111. Susan Henry says

    I can’t believe thT something this good was so easy to make. My husband is a picky eater and he loved them as well!

  112. Roz says

    I threw in a handful of white beans because I had some I needed to use up (from a cookie recipe fail.) I Increased the peanut butter and added a bit more peanut butter and they were delicious. Thanks for the recipe

  113. Jenny G says

    Hi, I’ve just come across this scrumptious sounding recipe and intend to make them asap… I just have a quick question regarding how ‘sticky’ they are as I’d like to add some protein powder to the mix for a good high protein energy snack. Would they combine as well with the added powder or would you suggest adding a drop of water/coconut oil/coconut nectar etc?

    I can’t wait to try them as I have had medjool dates hanging around my kitchen just waiting for the perfect recipe :)

    • Support @ Minimalist Baker says

      Hi Jenny! I think adding some protein powder would work! Like you’re thinking, I agree that you may need to add some additional liquids to the recipe in the event that the protein powder dries it out – but add as needed!

  114. Shanasy says

    Your site is one of my very top favorites. Thanks for having the “Print Friendly” capability – I LOVE that the ‘print’ includes a picture (most other sites don’t have that) and that it includes the prep and cooking time figured. REALLY handy! THANK YOU THANK YOU!

  115. KC says

    These will put you in a sugar coma. The proportion of dates to the rest of the mix is unbelievably heavy… I appreciate the idea though and I will adjust the recipe for next time! Thank you!

  116. Suzanne says

    Just made these for my fiance as he’s gearing up his training for a half marathon. They’re delicious and so much better for him than packaged energy bars.

  117. Lynn says

    I made these and they are awesome. i put in chopped up cashews. Any suggestions for a replacement for the oats? i put hemp seeds in it and they were fine but was wondering if there was something else i could use.

    FYI my husband even enjoyed them and he was hesitant at first because they were Vegan LOL. Making them again today. They are very good cold. I keep mine in the freezer. They don’t freeze to the point that you can’t eat them right away.

    • Lynn says

      I just saw the same question dated back to 2015. No need to answer the oat replacement. Unless you suggest something other than walnuts or almonds.

  118. Tess says

    These look amazing! I appreciate that they are sweetened with dates, too! Question: Will the recipe still work with powdered peanut butter? I plan to make these TODAY!

      • Grant Brown says

        DON’T FOR GET TO PIT! I litterally destroyed my Kitchen Aid S blade. I wish the recipe had been a little more clear about this process for those who have never worked with dates before. The end product was good but, also DON’T TRY TO PROCESS MORE THAN A CUP OF DATES AT A TIME, this caused my Vitamix to be taxed as well and had to just shut it down and finish by hand. They tasted good in the end though and many lessened learned. I thought it would be a simple recipe!

  119. BrendaLee says

    Hi! These look yummy! Curious though, can I substitute peanut butter powder for the nut butter? I was thinking if I added an extra date or two it would work just fine. Thoughts? TIA

  120. Jodi Shafiroff Pow says

    Love your recipes and feedback. Your 5 Ingredient Peanut Cup Energy Bites are phenomenal. Best we have found. We are split between PB preference and Almond butter preference, so we tend to make double batch of each, and then press them into a 10×13 pan for bars, rather than rolling into balls.

  121. Hallie says

    I loved these! I made my first batch and after one bite I almost made a second batch right then! I added cacao powder and next time I might add some nuts! I bring them as part of my lunch and for a snack after school, so yummy.

  122. Ashley says

    One of my new favorites! I subbed the 2/3 cup oats for 1/3 cup chopped pecans and 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut. So versatile to sub out ingredients and it always tastes delicious! Thanks for the inspiration.

  123. Leyna says

    Hi! I’m expecting a baby in a couple weeks and these look perfect to keep in the freezer for those early postpartum days. How long do you think they would keep if frozen? I’d like to start stocking the freezer now, but obviously, don’t know when baby will be making his/her appearance, so they might be in there for a few weeks. Thanks!

  124. Nicole Beauregard says

    I made these crazy easy crazy delicious energy bites & kicked it up superfood style with MACA & CINNAMON & HEMP SEEDS. <3 These little Chcolatly nugguts are the best pre-workout snack!

  125. Katy G. says

    Hey Dana, thank you for the wonderful recipe! My nephew loves peanut butter cup and now he is always asking for it! I found it delicious too even though I’m not a fan of peanut butter.

  126. Shani says

    Hi Dana, These look amazing, can wait to try them! just one question- Can I sub the chocolate to unsweetened Cacao powder?

  127. Julie Carlson says

    These are incredible! I left out the chocolate (only because we don’t have any here) and added a few more oats. Definitely going to keep a stash of these in the fridge at work for a 3 o’clock snack. :o)

  128. Hilary says

    Delicious, super easy, my toddler loves them too. I don’t have time to hike or anything cool like that, so I’ll just eat these at night for a treat! Or breakfast or anytime I want chocolate. I did buy the “hippie cookie dough” thing, but it’s totally true!

  129. Rose Silford-McLoughlin says

    Love the recipe! I have made my own energy balls a few times but never thought to add Chia Seeds. I will definitely give that a go next time. And good idea in adding the chocolate! A great way for these energy balls to also fix that chocolate craving. I might also try it with some cocoa powder.

  130. Diana says

    I made these while watching the polls on tv. Love them!! I substituted my peanut butter and oats, but kept it at 5 ingredients. Shared my pic on Instagram @dmrodrigzz with the hashtag #minimalistbaker <3

  131. heather says

    AMAZING! So simple and absolutely delicious! Start to finish, including cleaning up, is a breeze. I used about 1 cup of oats, but otherwise made as instructed. My partner thinks they taste like snickers. I’m gearing up to make a second (double) batch right now!

  132. Emily says

    These are absolutely delicious! The only problem is that I’m getting a bit bloated after eating… is it possible that the chia seeds are supposed to be soaked prior? I’ve never just added chia seeds to things without soaking before so I don’t know if this is what could be causing it (I can’t stop eating them regardless haha)!

  133. Amy says

    Oh my!
    I didn’t have any chocolate so I substituted my attempt at chocolate:
    1/8 cup cocoa
    1 tbsp coconut oil
    1 tsp Stevia
    I also don’t have a food processor. The Vitamix had a hard time moving it, but I got it chopped up enough to dig it out into a bowl and cut the clumps with two knives. After that, it behaved well when rolling into balls.
    Then, OH MY! So scrumptious, and fun texture. Plus, I can’t even detect the weird Stevia flavor. What a wonderful new phase in my snacking life. Thank you so much.

  134. Janice says

    I Love how you always suggest substitutes ingredients in your recipes, making them practical and simple :)And soooooo delicious !

  135. Harry Happer says

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that you are an amazing blogger. I love your posts, and I use your recipes every time I want to make something special for someone, like my parents’ birthdays. They always turn out amazing, and this recipe sounds so good.

  136. Ellen says

    These are FANTASTIC! I was skeptical but honestly these are so delicious! They totally satisfy my chocolate and cookie cravings. My dates were just a touch dry so I added a bit more peanut butter and it worked well :)

  137. Nicole says

    These are delicious – the kids love them! My 3 year old’s preschool is nut free so I replace the peanut butter with tahini. Thanks for sharing

  138. Scarlet says

    These are sooo good! I decided to add a few more things at the last minute: chopped walnuts, sea salt, a little ground flax seed and cinnamon. The sea salt stands out and is a nice touch. I also ended up adding a little more peanut butter and these taste just like a peanut butter cup. I love the flax seed – it adds a nice texture and crunch! Thanks!

  139. Julie says

    I tried to make these in my Blendtech and it jammed up the blade. Maybe I didn’t chop the chocolate fine enough. I just didn’t know what setting. And so I added a bit of liquid. Then the mixture was too wet. So then I added more oats and some chopped peanuts. Now the mixture is in the fridge firming up before I attempt to ball them. What did I do wrong?

  140. Jill says

    I made them with dates, raisins, oats, maple syrup, 2 tea spoons of peanut butter and a few cashew nuts. SO GOOD. Finally a healthy snack that doesn’t take ages to make, just mere minutes.

  141. Carlita says

    I didn’t measure a thing! Just threw all the stuff in my food processor according to how much I had, and holy cow. These are SO GOOD! Thank you for the recipe. I was going to Kroger for peanut butter chocolate chip Lara bars, but thought, Let me see what I’d need to add to dates, coconut, peanut butter, and cacao powder. Oats and chia seeds! Bam! So easy, so fast, so tasty. I’ll be taking these to parties, fo’ sho’.

  142. Esther says

    My husband came home from work, rather excited a couple of days ago and launched into making these. I must say that by now we had eaten many different types of “raw balls” and had tired of them somewhat. When he rolled the first one and offered it to me I almost refused but ate it out of politeness. BAM! My mouth exploded and I fell in love! These are hands down, the most delicious things! We both are far too many and soon had to make a new batch. thank you for the recipe!

  143. stephani says

    Oh my goodness, I absolutely love your website. I’m a vegan and every time I fancy something I type into google and you are always up there with an amazing recipe for me to try. I have done quite a few up to now and they are always incredible. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this website.

  144. Caryll says

    I’m not a big fan of dates–is there something else I could substitute it with? Or would the mixture still ball up if I just exclude it all together?

    • KelsMom says

      Made mine with a few slices of dried apple instead of dates. Next batch was made with fresh apple slices left from a fruit/cheese tray. Both versions were great and the fresh apple version did not overwork the processor motor.

  145. tim says

    Love your site.
    Have made these babies, following your recipe to a tee, many many times. They are deeeelish! I keep them in the freezer, and as soon as I’m running low, I make a new batch. Every time my daughter comes to visit, she asks if there are any energy balls in the freezer! Highly recommend these bites.
    Thank you for another great recipe.

  146. Abby says

    Just made these today!!! Doubled the chia and used almond butter and some powdered pb. YUM. These will be a good snack but won’t last long with my sweet tooth!!:)delish!!!

  147. Jeannine says

    Came across this delicious looking recipe and just made it tonight to take to my daughters volleyball tournament tomorrow, the only problem is they were so delicious there aren’t any left for tomorrow! Great recipe :)

  148. Mollie says

    Yum yum yum!!!
    I gave one of these to my 9 year old sister without telling her what they were. She took one bite and asked me if they were a new Reece’s product (before stuffing her face). I then made the mistake of telling her they were actually good for her which saw a slightly disgusted expression emerge haha. She was soon sneaking them out the fridge whilst I wasn’t looking though.
    Not only are these delicious but they’re really great at tiding you over between meals or when you need a bite to eat without stuffing yourself before (or during) a workout.
    Also great fun for little ones to help roll up.
    Seriously yummy. These have become a staple in our house.

  149. Stephanie says

    Just made these. I had a few spoonfuls out the bowl before and they are amazing! I’m so glad my husband and kids hate peanut butter because I want these all for myself. Great recipe, thanks for sharing! Keep up the good work

  150. Katie says

    I think this recipe is a good start. When I followed it exactly I didn’t really taste much other than the dates. I adjusted by adding a 4th tablespoon of PB, a few dashes of cocoa powder, and about 1/4 tsp salt to bring out the flavors. Once they were rolled in balls and set, I sprinkled with just a touch more of sea salt and they were perfect. Now the PB/choc flavor is definitely there and the dates don’t overpower.Definitely going in my rotation. My husband ate almost all of them!

  151. Danny says

    Just made these today, and they’re delicious. They came out a little sweet though, so I added some salt and it made them perfect.

  152. Andria says

    These are really good. My first time (to my knowledge) trying dates and I enjoyed them ! I made it without the chocolate and loved it ! Thanks for the recipe

  153. Sarah says

    These are sweet and absolutely yummy. They give good energy, I’ve eaten a few and then gone and done training and they were great. They’re pretty sweet!!! Vegan cookie dough is about right! I can see myself making them again. Thank you very much for the recipe.

  154. Jackie says

    Love, love, love! These taste just like a no bake cookie. I used powdered peanut butter with 1T of coconut oil and Carob Chips in mine, turned out great.

    Love your site – thanks for all the great ideas!

  155. Amber Mustard says

    Do you think I could sub cocoa powder instead of chocolate? Only craving something sweet and can’t leave the house since kids are asleep!

  156. Aparna says

    I did not soak the dates to get a longer shelf life out of these(like they’re gonna stay around that long ;)). Used a spiced dark chocolate that I had on hand.. Those warm spices took the taste to the next level! Loving these as a pre workout snack!

  157. erin says

    Perfect. ..delicious even straight out if the freezer!
    I found that a regular blender couldn’t keep up with the dough though. Time for me to get a food processor.
    I’ll make these on the regular

  158. Judy says

    Like this idea. 2 questions B4 I make these: 1) If I only have unsalted PB, how much salt would I add, & 2) Can I sub an equal amount of cacao bits? Thanks so much for all your time & energy in making life more beautiful! You are a lifesaver for people with special dietary needs. I found you only a short time ago & I have made 6-7 of your recipes but have yet to comment, though I have shared everything with family & friends who have grown to love you too! When I can breathe again (I suppose after Christmas) I promise to critique every recipe that I have made because they are soooo good! Your granola bars will forever be a staple in our home.

  159. Georgia says

    Very yummy! I added 2 heaped tsp of Maca powder to the mixture and then rolled them in chopped cashews to finish. These will be great when on the go.

  160. Judi says

    Made them this morning , I covered some in chocolate just to see what they would be like as a Christmas treat !! Very good

  161. Denise says

    I’m becoming slightly obsessed with your recipes!! I have been in search of healthy and simple recipes. I definitely found what I was looking for. These are so good!! My husband asked if I would double the recipe next time. I think he is hooked too!!!

  162. Katie says

    Love these! I substituted peanut butter with almond butter. I’m embarrassed to share that I ate them all in one day. But hey, I’m a breastfeeding mom! Good excuse, I think!

    Thanks for the super quick, delicious recipe!~

  163. Shannon says

    I made a batch with no chocolate and added shelled pumpkin seeds for my toddler, then another batch as written, then one where I used honey instead of peanut butter, and added dried cherries. They all taste amazing! Thanks so much!

  164. Emily says

    I made these bites today- they are amazing! So easy, and will love the convenience popping a few in a bag to go in the mornings this week! Thanks for creating this great recipe!

    Also- love your vegan eggplant queso!

    And- trying to go full fledged vegan- your recipes are helping that process so much!

  165. Danni says

    Hellooooo! I’m a complete cooking noob, can I replace the dairy free dark chocolate with just normal dark chocolate? Is regular dark chocolate a lot sweeter? I only ask because I live in a small town and no where has dairy free dark chocolate :c

  166. Adrienne says

    I have made this recipe twice now and these peanut butter cup energy bites disappear very quickly in my house. The first time I followed the recipe and tried to make them in the blender (easier to clean), but I would not recommend it because my blender kept getting jammed up and not mixing all the ingredients together. The second time I made them in the food processor using almond butter instead of peanut butter and thinly sliced almonds instead of rolled oats and they were also very delicious! Thanks for the amazingness Dana :)

  167. Tara says


    LOVE this recipe! So quick, simple and delicious:) I have made numerous variations so far (including tahini and then sunflower butter options for nut free school environment) and they always turn out well. Thank you for this recipe. It’s now a household staple!

  168. olivia says

    Hello! did you use medjool dates for this? i like them so much more but all i have right now is deglet, do you think it would make a big difference? thanks xox

  169. Alycia says

    My daughter loves these so much which is great because she has gotten super picky. Especially with breakfast foods. I use hemp seeds instead of Chia and I add cacao nibs. I freeze them and basically take them everywhere, haha.

  170. Trish says

    Holy Moly!!!! Just made them and they are SO GOOD!!!! I felt so tempted I couldn’t help myself, in the end managed to put the half of the balls to the freezer. The rest is gone already! Thank you Dana! xox

  171. Andrea says

    I made these yesterday to bring to a BBQ with some girlfriends & kids…everyone loved them, even my extremely picky 2 year old so THANK YOU!
    I used hemp seeds instead of chia as I had none on hand – Delish!
    I have shared this recipe with all at the BBQ as they all requested it :)

  172. Nora says