Almond Date Balls

gluten free



Okay, so, let's talk bars. I'm not as big on store-bought energy/granola/protein bars as I used to be. There exceptions to this, of course, but I'm pretty picky as with most of my packaged food choices. I used to be all for any bar that promoted high protein or low carb or had the word "fit" in it. I didn't have as much knowledge at the time and I trusted what the companies were advertising. A bar that may be promoted as "healthy," "natural," "low carb," "organic," "light"....the list goes on and on.... could contain ingredients you aren't aware of. Make sure to check labels and see what ingredients the bar is actually made from and if they line up with your preferences. Many bars are packed with preservatives, unnecessary sugar, chemicals, fake sweeteners, and words you cannot pronounce, nor do you know what they are. It's important to learn exactly what you're putting into your body.

I'm all for a quick bar at times and I have found a few brands that I really enjoy but my favorite type of bar is homemade! Not only can you choose what flavors you want and be certain of what ingredients are inside, it also saves some money!!!!! Anyone who knows me, knows I LOVE to save a buck #frugaltiff 

Late high school/ early college I was introduced to these energy balls and they are such a fun change from the normal rectangular shape!

This recipe makes anywhere from 15 to 20 energy balls depending on desired size!

I love prepping these Almond Date Energy Balls for the week!  They're a great snack to keep on hand in the fridge or pack for busy days on the go. These delicious snack bites are full of healthy fats, omega-3's, and fiber that keep me full and focused. They also contain a variety of carbohydrates, to keep energy levels high, and protein for sustainability. The subtle almond flavor and hint of sweetness makes them a perfect semi-sweet dessert as well!!! Honestly, eat them whenever...the hardest part is not eating all the batter before actually forming the's harder than you might think.

Researched health benefits of Omega-3"s --> 

Tiff Tips

  • When forming the balls, squeeze the mixture together first to help it stick together

  • If the mixture seems to dry, try adding more oil

  • I love these energy balls at both cold and at room temperature so if you pack them for later in the day, no need for an ice pack

Almond Date Energy Balls

Prep Time: 15 minRefrigerate Time: 1 hour

yields approx 15-20 balls



  • 1 cup oats (use gluten free oats to make these gluten free)

  • 1.5 cup almonds

  • 12 dates

  • 1/4 cup coconut oil

  • 3 Tbsp honey

  • 2 Tbsp flax seed

  • 2 Tbsp chia seed

  • 2 Tbsp hemp seed

  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder

  • Add oats and almonds to food processor or blender and pulse until finely ground

  • Add remaining ingredients and blend on low until fully combined (a gritty dough should form)

  • Mold a small handful of the mixture into a ball by pressing and rolling

  • Place balls on cookie sheet and refrigerate for approx 1 hour

  • Enjoy cold or at room temperature

  • Store in refrigerator in air tight container for 1-2 weeks or freeze for up to 2 months!


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