date energy bites

Date Energy Bites

The first time I’ve made these date energy bites was over a year ago. I was trying to replicate the consistency and taste of those raw fruit bars that started popping up in all major supermarkets here in Portugal.

So, I looked up their ingredients – they were mainly made of dates, with an assortment of nuts. I was quite surprised that such a minimalist combination could result in a firm bar, packed with flavour.

date energy bites

Intrigued, I bought dates and walnuts and went into the kitchen for a quick experiment. My main concern was whether our domestic-grade food processor would be powerful enough to form a shapeable paste with two relatively dry ingredients.

But it was, and everything turned out great in our first try!

With only two ingredients, virtually nothing can go wrong. What are you waiting to try these energy bites?

You can use this recipe as a starting point for many variations of your choosing. For example, feel free to add other nuts, such as pecans, almonds, pine nuts, dried coconut, etc. Keep a ratio of 250g dates to 125g nuts. The chocolate lovers out there can also add two tablespoons of cocoa/cacao powder.

Date Energy Bites
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins

Raw vegan energy bites with just two ingredients – dates and walnuts! Give them a blitz, shape them into balls, pop them into the fridge for a few hours, and… that’s it!

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Vegan
Servings: 16 balls
Calories (per serving): 92 kcal
Author: João Caseiro
  • 250g dates, without pits
  • 125g walnuts
  1. Blitz the dates in a food processor for a few seconds, until they break down into small bits.

  2. Add the walnuts and blitz again, until they form a malleable paste.

  3. Shape the paste into small balls, using your hands. Place them on a tray and store in your fridge for at least 2 hours. Enjoy!

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