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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

  • Thanks for the shout out! The first photo is beautiful! I love the soft background.

    • Sonia

      Thanks. I play around in my house for different lighting effects. :)

  • Anu

    Nice perfect bars and balls.

    • Sonia

      Thanks Anu.

  • I love energy balls like these, they are the best snacks!

    • Sonia

      Yup! totally guilt free :)

  • Jas

    oh these look delicious! I love a good energy ball, infact I made some earlier in the year with almonds, dates, cranberries, vanilla and rolled them in coconut – yum – now I’m gonna make some more for work snacks next week – so much better for you than chocolate!

    • Sonia

      Yes, you can play with nuts. Actually, I’m gonna to try with other nuts too. Yeah, far better than sugar loaded chocolates :)

  • Yum! Saving this for sure. My hubby would LOVE these. Thanks!!

    • Sonia

      Thanks Marillyn. Make some for your hubby :)

  • Beautiful! I will try these soon!!

    • Sonia

      Thanks Anh.

  • YUUUMMM! These look so much better (and more fun) than Larabars. Do they even make a chocolate bar using cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips?
    … anyways, I will definitely make these once I get a food processor. My Magic Bullet is about to die and can’t even blend dried figs :(
    So on to the to-do list this goes! Thanks for the recipe :)

    • Sonia

      Thanks Jessica. I don’t know how does the Larabar taste? I heard about it only on internet and saw a pic on bloggers’ world. I don’t think it’s sold in Australia. Go and make it some day :)

  • Yummy!! Absolutely delicious!! Loved your photos!

    • Sonia

      Thanks Ambika.

  • PJ

    Hi Sonia, how are you? After a long time I am blog-hopping, but ofcourse richly rewarded by this wonderful and easy recipe.! I love dates and all the ingredients are pantry-ingredients.. cant wait to try this. beautiful clicks as always.. I loved the click with the bars.

    • Sonia

      Hey PJ, welcome back! :-) I’m fabulous. I’m so glad that you’re back on blogging front. Thank you for stopping by.

  • YUMMO, love these energy balls! I need to make these asap! :)

    • Sonia

      Thank you Sara. :-)

  • The husband loves dates! I thinks he is gonna loves these. I am not at all good at making laddus and all that round stuff you know. Hope this comes out good.

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  • Jagruti

    Hi Sonia, kem che ?
    looks yummy…I make them without coco powder and I prepare in microwave. Mostly people make it for prasad !!

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  • These sound great! I made something similar recently – larabar bites with dates, figs, goji berries, apricots, — soo gooood!! And most importantly a delicious yet healthy snack!

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