Energy Balls

Energy balls are the perfect solution for a quick snack. These energy balls are great if you need a perk of energy and help you stay fuller longer. This is a favorite snack for my family and I.

birds eye view of energy balls.

You can shape in two ways:

  • Depending how you like this snack, you can make it into thin bars, thick bars, or shape them into a ball.
birds eye view of a sliced larabar.

Easy recipe with only a few ingredients:

I usually buy these items at Costco because we use these ingredients so much.

  • unsalted cashews
  • pitted dates
  • peanut butter (I use natural, no added sugar peanut butter)
image of dates, peanut butter, and unsalted cashews used for the recipe.
birds eye view of the food processor with dates, water, peanut butter, and cashews.
Combine dates, peanut butter, cashews, and water all together. The best way to make this recipe is in a food processor. It chops everything up much finer than a normal blender.
blended up cashews, peanut butter, dates, and water in a food processor.
Once all the ingredients are blended up, use a rubber spatula to get the mixture out. The mixture will be sticky due to the peanut butter.
measure cup filled to 1 2/3 cups full of the energy balls.
If you want to know how much this mixture makes in cups, it’s 1 2/3.
birds eye view of blended cashews, dates, and peanut butter.

To make in bar form:

homemade larabars mixture flattened out on parchment paper.
Form the mixture into a square the best you can on a wooden cutting board or on wax paper. You can flatten out the mixture as thin as you like or keep it thick. It’s really up to your preference how you want to cut the bars. Here, I rolled it out thin and it made 9 bars total.
sliced larabar on a plate.

To make in ball form:

close up of me holding up a single energy ball.
Use a rubber spatula to move the mixture from the food processor to a medium sized bowl. This makes 12 energy balls, each about 2 tbsp size each.
close up of 12 energy balls in a container.

Tips for storage:

  • I used wax/parchment paper to separate the bars in a container. Due to the oils from the peanut butter, its best to be kept in a fridge.
homemade larabars sliced, and placed in a sealed container ready for the fridge.
12 energy balls in a container.
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Energy Balls- Cashew Cookie recipe

  • Author: rowdyrousculps
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: none
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 12 1x


Energy balls are the perfect solution for a quick snack. You can make this recipe in balls or shape them into a bar shape.



  • 2 TBSP water
  • 1 c. pitted dates
  • 1/4 c. peanut butter
  • 1 c. raw cashews


  1. Combine water, dates, peanut butter, and cashews in a food processor. Puree until it becomes a thick mixture. Add a little bit more water if necessary.
  2. For Balls- Remove mixture from the food processor with a rubber spatula and place in a medium sized bowl. Roll mixture into 2 tbsp sized balls and place in a container that will go in the fridge. This makes 12 of this size.
  3. For Bars- Remove mixture with a rubber spatula and place on a wooden cutting board or on some wax/parchment paper. Form date mixture into a square or rectangle shape. Use the rubber spatula to help form into this shape, or you can use a knife. Slice into squares depending how big of a bar you want. Place bars in a container that will go in the fridge. This mixture makes 9 thin, or 5 thick bars.
  4. Keep energy balls/bars in the fridge for best results.


  • Dates stay fresh for up to 6 months in a sealed container in a fridge.
  • This recipe usually makes enough for 1-2 people. If you need to make enough for several people, double/triple this recipe amount.
  • Category: Snacks


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 104
  • Sugar: 2.2g
  • Sodium: 8.7mg
  • Fat: 7.8g
  • Carbohydrates: 6.4g
  • Protein: 3.1g
  • Cholesterol: 0mg

Keywords: Energy Balls

Recipe is adapted from 100 Days of Real Food.

If you love this recipe, you’ll love my chocolate pumpkin mini-muffins recipe.

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