Nicole Sabella's Chocolate Date Energy Balls Recipe


  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 30 dates, pitted
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp water (optional)


  1. Set up a food processor with a standard S-shaped blade attachment. Place chopped walnuts in food processor. Pulse several times, each time for about three seconds, or until the walnuts are broken up into small pieces.
  2. Add pitted dates, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and coconut oil to the food processor. Turn on for two minutes, or until the combination is very well mixed together. Add a pinch of salt and mix again for about 10 seconds.
  3. Taste a small amount of the mixture. If needed for your taste, add more cinnamon or a tablespoon of water, if it seems too dry.
  4. Using a tablespoon measure, scoop out mixture and use your hands to roll into balls and place on a plate or platter. You should end up with 16–20 energy balls.
  5. Pour a 1/2 cup of shredded coconut into a shallow bowl or onto a small plate. Roll each energy ball in the coconut, fully coating the outside.
  6. Put energy balls in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, to allow them to fully set and dry before enjoying.

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