Date Cherry Protein Energy Balls
Date Cherry Protein Energy Balls – light, naturally sweetened mini snacks, great to provide you with a boost of energy when you need it.
How is your week going? It is freezing here and we are trying to stay warm! By the way have you put your Christmas decoration away yet? Than’s what I’m going to do today. Too bad Christmas is over, can’t wait till the next one! I’ll just keep things short and simple. Cherry Protein Energy Balls anyone?
I have a date cherry protein energy balls recipe for you. Made these a couple of months ago (sorry for the dorky pics!), but did not get a chance to post them.
These are extremely easy to make and you can even make them without a blender (if you don’t mind chunkier texture). If you decide to skip the use of a blender, make sure you chop and mash dates and cherries well after soaking.
Used Medjool dates to naturally sweeten them and also added some chocolate protein powder, to help you manage weight.
These will boost your energy and make you feel awesome during the day. Great post workout snack. No refined sugar and I also added some protein powder for a chocolatey flavor and extra protein.
I used Trader Joe’s dried sweet cherries, which are unsweetened, that’s why I added extra sweetness with agave syrup. Cherries are my favorite fruit, but when they are not in season, I always have some dried ones at home to snack on.
I used walnuts in these energy bites, but almonds work great and will make these skinnier (walnuts contain more calories and fat).
Last but not least, you can leave the date cherry protein energy bites as they are or toss them in shredded coconut like I did. I was planning to toast the coconut, but it got a little burnt, so I just used raw.
I don’t want this post to get too long, so please let me know in the comments if you have any questions!
Have a great day!
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Cherry Protein Energy Balls
- 1 cup pitted Medjool dates — (soaked in hot water for 10 minutes)
- 1/2 cup dried cherries — (soaked in got water for 10 minutes)
- 2/3 cup walnuts
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup chocolate protein powder
- 1 tbsp agave nectar
- 1/2 cup shredded coconut
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Soak Medjool dates and cherries in hot water for 10 minutes. This way they will soften and energy balls will be moist.
In the bowl of a stand mixer (powerful blender ) pulse nuts until roughly chopped. Be careful not to turn them into a liquid. Transfer to a bowl.
Process soaked dates and cherries for 1 minute.
Combine date cherry mixture with chopped walnuts. Add protein powder, agave nectar, vanilla extract and coconut oil. Mix well and form a ball from the dough.
Using a small ice-cream scoop, scoop out balls from the dough, then roll them by hand, toss in shredded coconut and place on parchment paper.
Chill for 10 minutes. Store in an air - tight container in the fridge.
Nutrition InformationCalories: 134, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 2mg, Sodium: 20mg, Potassium: 138mg, Carbohydrates: 17g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 13g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 180%, Vitamin C: 0.1%, Calcium: 31%, Iron: 0.5%
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I love cherries! plus I love how healthy these are 😉 YUMMMM
I put my Christmas decorations away over the weekend. Kinda sad since it means the holidays are officially over! These energy balls look perfect, Mira! I’ve always wanted to try ones with dates, as they sound delicious! And I love the cherry and coconut combo, too. Delish! And pinned! 🙂
Pics are not dorky, Mira! I love them! And these look delicious. I love getting my supplies at TJs, too!
Perfect pre-workout snack! I am totally on a dried cherry kick at the moment. They are so sweet tart delicious.
Love cherries! These look great. Energy balls are one of my favorite treats and I never feel guilty eating them, even thought they taste like candy.
I usually have my Christmas decoration packed up and stored on January 1st, but we were out of town last week so I’m putting my away today too. Ugh! What a chore.
My Christmas decorations are still up… Its been a low priority… I need to take care of them!
Oh! Energy bites are the best!! All the flavors you’ve included are perfect! I haven’t tried soaking my dried fruit…. but I will do it in the future. I’m thinking about those bourbon date nut balls of mine… I should have soaked the dates in bourbon! Dang it! Thanks for the tip and inspiration, Mira!
I didn’t even get around to decorating this year. Call me a scrooge, lol.
I love energy bites! The cherry date combo is right up my ally. I must make these soon!
Dates are one of my go-to snacks, but I usually eat them with cheese. These energy balls look and sound so good, can’t wait to make them.
I love date energy bars and I love cherries, so this is the perfect combo for me.
We took our decorations down this morning and everything looks so depressing now 🙁
Just what I need as we tackle the saddest part of the holiday…undecorating! These sound great!! Pinned!
Love these energy balls Mira! They would be great before I go out for my run! and the pictures are good! 🙂 Pinned.
What a great way to start off the New Year! I love the cherry date combo! Plus all of the protein. Will definitely be giving these a try!
Love these energy balls! The cherry and date combo sound amazing! Love the added boost from the protein powder in here too!
I love dates! This is a great idea. They remind me of Lara Bars!! I am a big fan of Trader Joe’s! Can’t wait till the one opens in Schaumburg!! 🙂
pitted dates and Trader Joe’s dried sweet cherries are such a great idea!! love these energy balls .. I can’t get enough of them!
I’m finally getting around to putting away my Christmas decorations today as well. I love putting them up, and dread the tedious job of carefully packing everything away. Though, what could make the task a bit more pleasurable is a big plate of these lovely date cherry balls. My husband recently brought back a giant box of dates from Abu Dhabi – I know exactly what to do with them now! Thanks!
These look like the perfect post-workout snack! Or even breakfast or dessert! Really any time of day, these look amazing 🙂
I would most definitely like to have some of those right now. Im in serious need for energy balls! lol
So perfect! Pinned 🙂
Dried cherries are one of my favourite snacks too, so good! These sound amazing!
Your photos and recipes are just amazing!!! It’s perfect for a pre-workout snack! Thank you for sharing <3
Yum! I always love new energy ball recipes, and you have such great flavors in this recipe! Pinned 🙂