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Peanut & Date Energy Balls (GF)

by Sonia on February 9, 2012

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You okay? Life okay? I’m okay by all means :-) But, I am overwhelmed with endless sources, floating around on internet. Every year in January month, people goes mad about health, food, workout, new resolutions, habits and so on. Frankly speaking, I haven’t bound myself any of them, rather I would like to form a habit. A good habit, of course! A real habit to follow-up for 30 days. It’s tough to chase up for 30 days but once you get used to with it, it will be easier and become a strong habit for you. And man, its works! Did you know what new habit I have adapted? brush before go to bed. tee hee..

Well, I’d been eyeing these beautiful balls and bars on Ashley‘s blog. It’s one of my favourite blogs to visit because it’s loaded with healthy and nutritious recipes. I call her ‘breakfast queen’. Check out her blog and you will know what I’m talking about. Lately, she has started to share GF dishes as well. I always wonder how does she manage to blog everyday? Some people are bursting with super extra energy. Seriously.

There is no reason you don’t love these lovely balls. They are super delicious, healthy and can be done in no time. We make something similar, calls it ‘Singdana ni Sukhadi‘ (in Gujarati) or ‘Peanut Fudge/square’, made with roasted & unsalted peanuts, ghee and jaggery or sugar. It’s required some gas cooking while this balls required no cooking or baking.

Peanuts & Dates Energy Balls (Gluten Free)

[makes about 12-13 balls or bars]

  • 1 C dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
  • 10-12 medjool dates, pitted,  roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp creamy peanut butter [I had crunchy]
  • 1 tsp vanilla [I didn’t add]
  • 1/4 tsp fine sea salt


  1. Process peanuts in food processor (you can use Indian mixer, vita-mix, magic bullet, etc) until crumbly with some larger pieces. Be careful not to process to long.
  2. Empty into a bowl. Process dates into small pieces, until very sticky and become a gooey mass.
  3. With dates, add nuts into food processor, along with cocoa powder, peanut butter, salt + vanilla (if using).
  4. Pulse until mixed together.  Do not over process. Scrape bowl once or twice.
  5. When you can form a ball with the dough, it’s done.
  6. Roll into balls or form into bars.  Keep in air-tight container and refrigerate.

I made some bars too.

Gluten Free Peanuts Dates Energy Bars

Ashley’s note: They should hold together very easily and firm up in the fridge. If you’re having problems with them sticking, empty the contents out of your food processor and process 2 more dates. Add everything back in and pulse a few more times. If the mixture is too oily, empty the contents and process 3-4 tablespoon more peanuts.

Source: adapted from: edible perspective

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