Chewy No Bake Coconut Date Energy Balls

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These energy balls are the perfect healthy afternoon snack! They’re super chewy and loaded with coconut and dates making them a delicious and easy homemade hiking snack too.

No bake chewy coconut energy balls with dates

These energy balls are:

  • chewy and sweet
  • no-bake
  • full of coconut (calling all coconut lovers!)
  • simple to make
  • easy to pack for a hike or camping trip

Let’s dive into the recipe!

All the ingredients for this easy energy ball recipe

Energy Ball Recipe Ingredients

This energy ball recipe is very simple – it only requires 6 common kitchen ingredients!

  • Dates: Medjool dates add that sticky chewy sweetness that we all love in energy balls. Make sure you don’t buy the pre-pitted dates. They’re more dried out and not as sticky as the dates sold with the pit. Make sure to remove the pits before you add them to the food processor!
  • Oats: This recipe uses old-fashioned rolled oats.
  • Coconut: Coconut adds flavor and fat to these energy balls so they keep you full while you’re hiking. Shredded unsweetened coconut is what you want for this recipe.
  • Maple Syrup: Maple syrup add a little more sweetness. You can substitute honey if that’s all you have, but I slightly prefer the taste with the maple syrup.
  • Coconut Oil: This adds some fat and coconut flavor to the energy bites.
  • Salt: I like to use this sea salt. After all, I live near the Great Salt Lake in Utah!
Adding Medjool dates to the food processor
Adding the oats, coconut, maple syrup, oil, and salt to the food processor with the dates

How to Make Energy Balls

Luckily, these energy balls are quick to whip up.

You’ll need a food processor, but that’s about it.

Step 1: Add the pitted dates to the food processor and process for about 1-2 minutes until the dates break down into small pieces.

Step 2: Add the rest of the ingredients into the food processor, and process for another 1-2 minutes until the mixture crumbles and everything is well incorporated. See the photo below.

The energy bite mixture processed and ready to be rolled into balls

Notes: You do not want to over-process this mix or you’ll lose texture in the final energy balls and they will be mushy. The mix should easily form a ball, but it shouldn’t stick to your hands too much.

Step 3: Roll the mixture into 8-10 bite-sized balls and place in an airtight container in the fridge. They will firm up in the fridge.

Energy balls ready to be stored in the fridge

For Hikes: For hikes, grab a few energy balls and store them in a stasher bag in your backpack for an easy snack on the trails!

Chewy No Bake Coconut Date Energy Balls

These energy balls are the perfect healthy afternoon snack! They’re super chewy and loaded with coconut and dates making them a delicious and easy homemade hiking snack.
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Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:10 mins
Total Time:20 mins

Ingredients

  • 8 Medjool dates pitted*
  • 1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 Tbsp maple syrup honey also works
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil room temperature
  • 1/8 tsp salt

Instructions

  • Add the pitted dates to a food processor and pulse until the dates break down into smaller pieces. About 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in oats, coconut, maple syrup, oil, and salt.
  • Process until the mix turns crumbly and everything is well incorporated. About 1-2 minutes. The mix should stick together when you form a ball, but it shouldn’t stick to your hands. Do not over-process or you’ll lose texture in the final energy balls.
  • Roll into 8-10 bite-sized balls and set them in the fridge to firm up. Enjoy! These will keep well for about 5-7 days.
  • For hikes, grab a few energy balls and store them in a stasher bag in your backpack for an easy snack on the trails!

Notes

*Make sure you use whole fresh Medjool dates for this recipe, not the pre-pitted dates that are more dried out.
Servings: 10 energy balls
Chewy and delicious coconut date energy balls make the perfect snack
Finished coconut energy balls for an easy mid-day snack
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    Taking the energy balls on a hike for an easy hiking snack

    How to Store Homemade Energy Balls

    These energy balls with dates and coconut will keep well in the fridge for at least 5-7 days. Mine never last that long though!

    I store them in an airtight container in the fridge until I’m ready to take them on a hike or have a mid-day snack.

    Storing these energy balls in the fridge will make them firmer than if you store them at room temperature. Either is fine, it just depends on what texture you prefer.

    Energy balls with coconut and dates

    More Homemade Hiking Snack Ideas

    Make sure to check out some of the other easy homemade hiking snacks on the blog:

    I hope you love this easy snack recipe.

    When you make them, come back and leave a comment! I’d love to hear from you.

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