5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Cup Energy Bites

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Sometimes, “real” food sounds exhausting and you just want something quick and easy to throw into your purse and call “lunch” without anyone judging you.

Well, consider this a judgment free zone. And if today is one of those days, here is my solution: Energy bites!

5 ingredients
15 minutes
Naturally sweetened
Tastes like a peanut butter cup

Get on board.

I’m kind of into quick and easy right now.

Warmer weather has meant more adventuring for us and I love having snacky things on hand for sporadic activities. I’m like that weird friend of yours with all the mom things in her purse who doesn’t actually have any kids. No sign of babies around here, just so many snacks.

So, energy bites! 5 ingredients:

Dates
Peanut butter
Chia seeds
Oats
Dairy-free dark chocolate

The good news about these little gems is they’re totally customizable! No peanut butter? Sub any other nut butter. Not into chocolate (seriously Rhonda?)? Omit it and add more oats and chia seeds. Never heard of chia seeds? Sub flax or hemp seeds. It’s that easy friends.

This is basically hippie cookie dough. Take a spoon and eat it straight. (Who on Earth would do such a thing? Me –  I would.)

Or reach down in there and roll the batter into little portable energy bites.

Your friends are gonna be so happy to see what’s in your mom purse.

These guys are so good it’s dangerous! They’re:

Tender
Peanut buttery
Crunchy from the chia seeds
Naturally sweetened
Chocolate-studded
Wholesome
& Seriously delicious

Races? Hikes? Road trips? Travel? These are the snacks for you.

If you try this recipe, you know the drill. Let us know by leaving a comment or taking a picture and tagging it #minimalistbaker on Instagram! We love seeing what you come up with. Cheers!

5 Ingredient Peanut Cup Energy Bites

EASY, 5 ingredient peanut butter energy bites sweetened with dates and studded with oats, dark chocolate and chia seeds! Full of fiber, protein and healthy fats.
Author Minimalist Baker
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4.9 from 183 votes
Prep Time 15minutes
Total Time 15minutes
Servings 15(bites)
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Vegan
Freezer Friendly 1 month
Does it keep? 1 Week

Ingredients

  • 1cupdates(pitted // if dry, soak in warm water for 10 minutes, then drain well)
  • 3Tbspall-natural salted peanut or almond butter
  • 1/4cupdairy-free dark chocolate(roughly chopped)
  • 1Tbspchia seeds (or sub flax or hemp seeds)
  • 2/3cupgluten-free rolled oats

Instructions

  • Pulse pitted dates in a food processor or blender until they’re in small pieces or it forms a ball (see photo).
  • Add oats, chocolate, chia seeds and peanut butter and pulse or mix until combined. You want there to be consistently small pieces but not overly processed.
  • Carefully roll into 1-inch balls (29-30 grams per ball), using the warmth of your hands to mold them together. Should yield 14-15 balls (amount as original recipe is written // adjust if altering batch size).
  • To set, pop in fridge or freezer for 15 minutes. Otherwise, eat as is! Will keep fresh in an air-tight bag or container for up to a week. Freeze for longer term storage.

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Notes

* Loosely adapted from my No-Bake Cookie Bars.
* Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 15 servings)

Serving: 1bitesCalories: 92Carbohydrates: 14gProtein: 2.1gFat: 3.4gSaturated Fat: 0.8gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 10mgFiber: 2.5gSugar: 9g

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  1. Ellasays

    Fantastic!
    Made as is, except i left the chia seeds out and instead rolled the finished balls in chia seeds.

    They do remind me of a peanut butter cup!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Amazing! We’re so glad you enjoy them, Ella. Thank you for sharing! xo

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  2. Katalinsays

    We ran out of oats today, so I used cornflakes instead. It made the bites beautifully crunchy. I recommend it!

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  3. Joannasays

    Hi
    Quick question- if I wanted to make a biiiig batch (lazy time saving), would extra batches keep well in the freezer and defrost well?
    Thanks!

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  4. Amirasays

    I made these but with tahini rather than peanut butter so that my kids can take them to school (they have a nut-free policy) and they turned out super delish! Thanks for the recipe :)

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Ohhh yum! We’re gonna have to try that. Thanks so much for the great review and for sharing your modifications, Amira!

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  5. Kimsays

    These are awesome. I made them with almond butter and they are delicious. Definitely a keeper!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Yum! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Kim!

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  6. Kristensays

    These are so yummy! I make another version with nuts as the base instead of oats so it’s nice to have a change. I added cocoa powder instead of chopped chocolate(I didn’t have any) and a splash of almond milk. Thanks for the great recipe!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Kristen! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

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  7. LISABsays

    Great recipe! I use prunes if I don’t have dates. My son eats the whole batch in one day during busy sports schedule days. Always looking for good high protein snacks for him. It’s hard to get enough calories in every day and these work great! Thanks!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad he enjoys it! Thank you for sharing, Lisa! xo

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  8. Jacki C.says

    I was searching for something my preschoolers could grab and eat on the way to school as it can often be a long stretch to breakfast. Problem solved. As long as I don’t eat them all first! The mixture was a little dry so I was concerned it might not form into balls, but it did and the quick trip to the freezer helped. I look forward to exploring your other varieties of energy bites! Such a delicious, mess-free, healthy snack for kids (and their grown ups).

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Energy bites are so perfect for that! We’re so glad you enjoyed the recipe, Jacki! Thank you for sharing! xo

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  9. Maudesays

    So quick and easy to make! I added a dash of cinnamon and opted for almond butter. Instead of simply doing either 1 tbsp of chia seeds or hemp seeds, I did 1 tbsp of both. Sooooo soooo good. I prepped these in advance for when I am breastfeeding because I always get so hungry. The perfect one-handed snack on the go. Thank you!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Yay! Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications, Maude!

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  10. APsays

    We loved this recipe with Sun Butter for our nut-allergic kids (plus these are great for school lunches, since many schools are nut-free). The last bit of crumbs was hard to shape into balls so I scraped it onto a bowl of yogurt for a delicious topping!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Ooo, yum! So great to know these worked well with sun butter, thanks so much for the great review!

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  11. Lulusays

    What an amazing recipe! Second time I’m doing it, and what a success. I replaced the peanut butter with the almond one, and added 1/4 cup of chocolate 80% cocoa. A but of salt, and the suggestion of Akki, to roll them in cocoa powder. I also did a mix of dates and figues, because I love the added touch of crispiness. I love this recipe, thank you!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoy it, Lulu! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

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  12. Akkisays

    This is a good recipe! We doubled the recipe and used about a pound of Tunisian pitted dates from my local Mediterranean grocery. We added to them a little boiling water (maybe 1/4 cup), drained off the amount that wasn’t absorbed, then whizzed them with a handheld immersion blender. Interestingly, this made a very creamy light-colored paste that still had some good-sized chunks. We then mixed the rest of the ingredients in by hand.

    I definitely recommend using DARK chocolate chips, the dates are already very sweet and using semisweet chips would have been too much. We added a bit of sifted cocoa powder, salt, and a dollop of vanilla paste to the mix as well. We are considering rolling them in more cocoa powder, like truffles, because they’re quite sticky (probably down to the excess water and how thoroughly I whizzed them with the blender). Even after chilling, they’re pretty soft and very sweet. Good, though. Like a cross between cookie dough and a granola bar.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Ooo, love that creative immersion blender method! So glad you enjoyed, Akki!

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  13. Brittneysays

    These are too easy to make and toddler friendly. Really enjoying these little treats, thank you!

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  14. Colleensays

    I tripled it and they were still gone in less than a week. Glad I found something nutritious for the kids to nosh on. BTW, tripling was a little too much for my food processor to handle next time doubling it.

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  15. Juliesays

    omg these are to die for! have tried a few energy balls with honey and the dates really give a more full flavour

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Woohoo! We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Julie! Thank you for the lovely review! xo

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  16. Molly Kingsays

    I am obsessed with these!! I started eating them at the end of my pregnancy (as they recommend date intake for labor) and can’t get enough. I make them every week! I always soak the dates in warm water first and I also add a tbs flax seed and sometimes a splash of almond milk in the blender to add a little moisture.

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    • Molly Kingsays

      I forgot to add that I also don’t blend the chocolate chips, I prefer them whole, so mix them in after. I also keep them in the freezer and like how they taste cold. They don’t freeze solid.

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      • Crystalsays

        Our family recently transitioned to a vegetarian diet, and I was looking for delicious, satisfying, nutrient-rich snacks to supplement our diet (especially for the kids). I wasn’t sure if we would like the dates, but I decided to give it a try. And I’m so glad I did! Not only are these ridiculously easy to make and packed with minerals, but they’re super delicious too! My kids (and me) absolutely love them. Thanks for this recipe!

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        • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

          We’re so glad you and your kids enjoyed them, Crystal! Thank you for the lovely review! xo

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  17. Lindsaysays

    Can I sub in sunflower butter for the peanut butter? Would love to make these for school which is nut-free. Thanks!

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  18. OUCHICK99says

    These were so good! A few notes: soaked the dates in warm water for ten minutes, and added a pinch of salt and 1/4 tsp. of vanilla extract to the mix; rolled in toasted, unsweetened coconut before I chilled. Also, I didn’t have dark chocolate, so after everything was blended in the food processor, I hand-mixed in mini chocolate chips. This is a keeper!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing your modifications! xo

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  19. Erin Paweleksays

    Hi! I am wanting to make these for a friend who just had a baby but I don’t have any dates on hand. Could I sub honey? And if so, how much? Thank you!!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Erin, we aren’t sure the texture would be quite right, but it might work! Maybe start with 1/4 cup and work your way up? Or another dried fruit might work better!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Woohoo! We’re so glad everyone enjoyed them, Diane. Thank you for sharing! xo

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  20. Saschasays

    Just tried this and just realized I forgot the chia seed, oops. My blender did not like it (maybe I should soak my dates longer) but, it tastes absolutely amazing! I’ll definitely do them again

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Sascha, using super fresh dates or soaking them should help. We’re so glad you enjoyed them even without the chia seeds! Thank you for sharing!

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  21. Claudiasays

    Hi. All they are doing is clogging my blender and making a huge mess. What am I doing wrong?

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Oh no! What type of blender are you using? Were the dates nice and sticky? If not, did you soak them in warm water first?

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      • Claudiasays

        It’s an osterizer 12 speed and yes the dates were very sticky. I did not soak them in water unfortunately:(

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        • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

          If you have a powerful food processor, we’d suggest transferring them to that instead.

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      • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

        Hi Anya! We haven’t tried these bites with cocoa powder but it could work. We’d suggest starting with 2 Tbsp and increasing if you want it more chocolatey, you may also want to add a splash of maple syrup to balance the bitterness of the cocoa powder. Let us know how it goes if you give it a try!

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  22. Michellesays

    Quick, easy and yummy. I made these to take for our snack this week when we go out exploring the mountains in Montana on our ATV’s.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Amazing! We’re so glad you enjoy them, Michelle. Thank you for sharing! xo

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  23. MELsays

    VERY quick and easy, and totally delicious! I eat them for pre workout snacks, if i’m fancying something sweet (all the time) or when i’m in a rush…i can just pop one or two in my mouth and be on my way!!
    thanks so much

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  24. Rayasays

    Yummy! Few too many oats IMO, it’s not great texturally. Next time I will use half the oats, toast and blend them a bit first, and try other add ins like coconut and chopped nuts.

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  25. Coralsays

    These are delicious! I’m not a huge fan of date flavor, however the predominant flavors are peanut butter and chocolate if you follow the basic recipe and add the recommended amounts of each. This did not come together well in my blender even though I added 1-2 tbs water. No issue—I just blended what I could and incorporated the rest with my hands in a bowl.

    I added 2 tbs unflavored protein powder. I used hemp seeds instead of chia seeds. I also subbed in semisweet mini chocolate chips and a few milk chocolate chips for extra decadence. Lastly, I added a pinch of salt because the dates were so sweet. The flavor and texture are spot on and these refrigerate nicely. I will be experimenting with versions of this in the future!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thank you for sharing your experience and tips, Coral! A food processor tends to work better with date recipes than a blender, so if you have one, we’d suggest trying that for next time.

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      • MumOfManysays

        My little ones really enjoyed making these together as an activity. This was a super tasty recipe, a great healthy alternative lunch box filler! Thank you for sharing!

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        • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

          We love to hear this, fun for the whole family! Thanks for the lovely review!

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  26. Jensays

    Do you think subbing strawberry spread for dates would work, or would it be too sticky? I saw a product on the market that uses freeze dried strawberries, but those can taste weird.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Jen, we do think it would be too sticky. But a dried fruit (not freeze dried) might work!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Edan, you can click the “jump to recipe” button at the top of the page to skip to the recipe. Hope that helps!

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    • Evalatasays

      Agreed, the ads have become a bit much Dana. Even when I click on Jump to recipe, I’m interrupted by pop-ups and unwanted video playing.
      I made the balls just now and they are great 👍🏻

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      • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

        Hi Evalata, We’re so glad you enjoyed the balls! Thank you for your feedback and sorry for any inconvenience. We always try to optimize for user experience, while also having ads to keep the content free.

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      • Gerrysays

        These absolutely works with almond flour and are YUMMY! I used Trader Joe’s 72% dark choc chips and added some cacao nibs that gave a subtle crunch. Great for an afternoon snack! Thank you for providing the calculator to increase or decrease portions – helpful when you’re low on a key ingredient like dates and still want to make it ;-)

        They get hard in the refrigerator with the almond flour, but sit them out for a bit and they soften right up. Thanks for another great recipe!

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        • Tarasays

          What did you use the almond flour for? Instead of the oats? I have lots almond flour on hand! I can’t eat oats on my diet so I’m trying right now with quinoa flakes.

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  27. Chloesays

    These are so incredible and check off all the boxes for my sweet tooth!! Making another batch this weekend and curious if you’ve ever tried adding protein powder?

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Chloe! We haven’t tried adding protein powder, but it may dry them out a bit. We’d suggest starting with not more than 1 Tbsp. Let us know how it goes!

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  28. Mary Annsays

    I made these using dates that were not very soft. I soaked them for quite a while in warm water (changed the water when it got cool). These balls were pretty dry and kind of boring. I don’t have to watch my gluten or dairy so I used regular oats and some sweetened dark chocolate, along with a mixed nut butter. I added some vanilla extract hoping that the liquid would help. They tasted bland, so I added some honey. They still are pretty boring. Sadly, I’m using them as a “vehicle” for Nutella at this point. Sorry!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Mary Ann, sorry to hear they didn’t turn out as you were hoping. What type of dates were you using? It’s also possible that soaking them too long removed a lot of their flavor.

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      • Mary Annsays

        I used medjool dates but this batch was not nearly as moist as ones I have previously bought. I will definitely try this recipe again using better dates, and using the peanut butter as opposed to the mixed nut blend. Thank you for responding to my review…I see that you do that for everyone and I think that that is so professional and thoughtful of you. :)

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  29. Isabelle Phamsays

    I make this on a weekly basis and bring them to work as an afternoon power snack/treat. It is so easy to make and healthy and delicious!

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  30. Ashleysays

    I added cashew pulp leftover from homemade cashew milk and omitted hemp seeds (they aren’t available where I live). My dates were really soft so I used a cup of oats to help with the stickiness. I roughly chopped the dates and I was able to mix everything with my hands. So good!

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  31. Jensays

    My partner has a serious sweet tooth so I am forever on a quest for healthier substitutes. I made these to battle his peanut M&M addiction and they were a hit!! Made them in my ninja bullet in 2 small batches to make sure it all mixed and they turned out awesome!

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  32. Rick Harrissays

    First, these are totally delicious 😋
    Second, it’s a response to @Olivia really.
    I got into a horrid sticky mess with the dates in the Vitamix first time round. So now I buy blocks of soft date paste instead. It’s still 100 percent Medjool dates but already blended into a 1kg block. It available from Amazon in UK called Crown Date Paste.
    You can blend it into balls with the other ingredients simply using your hands.

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  33. Oliviasays

    I love these so much! However, I no longer have a food processor and am missing them a lot..Is it possible to make these in a nutribullet 600w?

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Olivia, we fear the nutribullet will have trouble processing the dates. But maybe if you chop them up first? Let us know if you try it!

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    • LNsays

      These are amazing! I used deglet dates which are a little drier than medjool. I forgot to soak them at the beginning, so I added a little hot water at the end when the mix was too dry. Came out perfect!

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  34. Christinesays

    I love this! I was looking for a recipe since dates are supposed to be good for the last few weeks of pregnancy, which is where I am right now.
    The PB and chocolate chips take over in the best of ways, the chia.seeds add an awesome texture, the oats bring substance and the dates, sweetness, of course. So yummy!
    I managed to make two batches, one at a time, with my small Cuisinart food processor. I couldn’t tell you if my dates are “dried” or not, but I did end up needing to add some water to get everything to blend together.
    Otherwise the only moisture in the recipe is from the dates and peanut butter.

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  35. Lauriesays

    They are amazing!!! Chia seeds give them a bit of a sandy texture so next time I will substitute the chia seeds for ground or whole flaxseeds. Will definitely make these again.

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  36. tara mitchellsays

    These are yummy! Do they ever fully firm up in the freezer or do they remain chewy? Either way, no problems here. 😊

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      They do! Not super firm, but definitely more firm. Glad you enjoyed these, Tara!

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  37. Katesays

    These are such a delicious and satisfying snack! My mixture was a bit dry so I added a couple tablespoons of my date soaking water to get it sticky enough to roll into balls. I may adjust the amount of dates next time as they were a bit sweet for me.

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  38. Karensays

    Yum! Yum! Yum! I was looking for some new ideas for date balls. I saw minimalist baker in the search and knew it would be a good one. These remind me of the no bakes we made back in the day. The only sub I made was ground flax seed for the chia. I added vanilla too. They’re so easy to make, and so so delicious. Thank you for another great recipe.

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  39. Joasays

    Hi! There is possible to make this in bars to take on the go? I was thinking about put all the mix in a square mold, cut and freeze.

    I’m adding this this recipe to my week meal prep but I was wondering if is possible in a shape that I can stack the snacks and save some space in the fridge!

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  40. Lisasays

    My whole family loves your recipes!! One of the few sites we know what we make will always turn out great! I haven’t made the energy bites yet, but had a question. Some recipes call for medjool dates, and some just say “dates.” Is there a difference or one I should use over the other for the no-bake recipes? Thanks!!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Aw, thanks Lisa! We prefer medjool dates in all of them, but sometimes forget to specify. Deglet noor would also work.

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  41. Erin Msays

    These are so tasty! Made with all the same ingredients except I only had crunchy JIF for the peanut butter. I will definitely make these again!

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    • Erin Msays

      Oh and I used dark chocolate vegan chips and they melted due to the dates being warm. Still yummy though!

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  42. Djurdjica Despotovicsays

    I think I just found The One recipe for energy bites. So easy to make and so delicious!

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  43. Megan Jordansays

    These look RIDIC and I cannot wait to make these. However, is there a way to sub cacao powder for the dark chocolate chunks? (I have eaten all the 85% dark chocolate in the house, as I tend to do — b/c COVID!) If so, what does the alteration look like? Thanks!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Megan, that might work, but we’d suggest also adding sweetener to taste. You may also want to check out this recipe for guidance. Hope that helps!

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      • Rebssays

        I always thought chia seeds had to be soaked in some kind of milk do they absorb enough of the ingredients here so that’s not necessary?

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        • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

          Hi Rebs, It’s not essential to soak them. You can also leave them out or sub flax or hemp seeds.

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  44. Amandasays

    This are really great and satisfy my sweet cravings! I recommend just using a food processor. I started in my Vitamix and the dates just got stuck in the bottom. I also added some coconut and it was delicious :)

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  45. Amy-Leigh Ssays

    These are so easy to make and are so tasty, you could easy eat all of them at once and not even realise.
    So quick and easy to make, will defo be regular in our house.
    I followed the recipe however as I thought the mix was looking a little dry I added around a teaspoon of honey to bring it together, gorg. Thank you for your wonderful recipe, will be searching for more no bake bites.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Amy-Leigh! Thanks so much for sharing! We’d recommend using a drippy peanut butter for best results on texture.

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  46. juliesays

    I added a little maple syrup as the mixture was very thick so I think it depends on the peanut butter or almond butter you use. I then rolled some in chopped nuts and some in dried cranberries.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We tend to use a more drippy PB, so that could be the discrepancy. Thanks for sharing, Julie!

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  47. Kristinsays

    These are great, picky eater approved by my toddler. I used non dairy chocolate chips as my chocolate and kept eveything else the same. I did have a problem throwing them into my husbands mouth across the room though, for some reason they kept bouncing off his face… I’m not sure what I did wrong there but he at least still ate them. One question I have is are they ok stored at room temp or do they need to be refrigerated? Thanks!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Ha- love it! Thanks for sharing, Kristin! We’d recommend storing in the fridge.

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  48. Kathleensays

    I have a ton of dates leftover from eating them while pregnant, and needed some way to use them. This is perfect because oatmeal and dates are good for breastfeeding 😊

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  49. jeansays

    I just HAD to have some chocolate but I’m avoiding fat and processed sugar so these were perfect! Made them with cocoa powder instead of bar chocolate and added some chopped almonds. Oh yeah!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Jean! Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • Hollysays

      I would love to make this with cocoa powder for the same reasons. How much cocoa powder did you use and did you use any other sweeteners besides dates?

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  50. Adisays

    Thanks for the recipe !! I used date paste instead of dates and everything became very moist so I couldn’t make balls out of it. What can I add to make it more solid next time?

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  51. Zarasays

    I used 14 tsp (one tsp per ball) of maca powder instead of oats. I also added a splash of coffee to the dates to help puree them. My mini food processor was perfect here.

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  52. Julianasays

    That was pretty good! I didn’t have chocolate, so mixed a few choc chips, cacao nibs, some shredded coconut, hemp seeds, and a bit of cacao powder :)
    Started in my blender but it didn’t really move much, so finished it in my food processor.

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  53. Trishsays

    WOW!!
    Just made these delicious morsels, yes, I had 1 or 2 before putting in the fridge to set… who wouldn’t.
    I only made one change to this, I added one tbsp of cocoa,
    “Oh hell yeah”!
    I’ll definitely be making these again.
    Thanks for the Recipe.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them! Thanks for sharing, Trish!

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  54. Shelley Csays

    Third time making these! I love them so much. Helps get me through my hunger when I’m trying to figure out what I want to make for dinner.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Shelley! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

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  55. Jackiesays

    Perfect little, easy treats that are super quick and easy to make!

    The only planning is to give some time to soak the dates if they are dry to start. I had to soak them longer than 10 minutes, but I used tap water. Next time I’ll use warm/hot water. My dough was still a little dry/crumbly so I had to add a little liquid (soy milk) to get the dough to come together. My only “complaint” is that the chia seeds get stuck in my teeth- obviously has nothing to do with the recipe but is a user error, LOL, so I might switch to flax meal next time.

    Which is why I love this recipe even more because it’s very adaptable using different butters, cacao nibs/powder vs chocolate chips, different seeds, etc.

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thanks for sharing! Yes, chia seeds are very attracted to teeth. Ha! Have some floss nearby.

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  56. Josays

    Easy recipe giving a delicious moist snack. Everyone loves these.
    I used half peanut butter and half almond butter.
    Thanks for the recipes 😀👍

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed them, Jo! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

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  57. Kaesays

    I bought dates on an utter whim, because grocery store had Palestinian dates and I couldn’t refuse. So, I made these last month and they were SO GOOD as a snack with a glass of milk, a quick grab from the freezer so I can maximise the use of my breaks! I may be working from home, but I still have a set schedule! Gonna make these again today or tomorrow. ❤️

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Kae. We are so glad you enjoy them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

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  58. Jessicasays

    I noticed you don’t recommend soaking the oats. I did some reading and found one blogger who recommended soaking oats before using for anything, otherwise they can be harder to digest and cause bloating. Thoughts? I’m also wondering what would happen if you soak the oats and then mix them into energy balls. You would need a way to balance the wet ingredients.

    Also, I’ve been curious for a while about using Chia dry. Some people recommend drinking more water if you plan to eat Chia dry. Also wondering if cooking Chia causes loss of nutrients. What are your thoughts on that?

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Jessica, soaking should improve digestibility, but it’s mostly a matter of whether you’re willing/able to do the extra effort. If soaking, you would need to dehydrate in the oven before adding to the energy bites. For chia seeds, we aren’t aware of cooking causing loss of nutrients, but it’s possible. They do absorb a lot of water, so it’s not a bad idea to drink with water. Hope that helps!

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      • Jessicasays

        So I would need to hydrate them through soaking and then do you hydrate them again in the oven before using?

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        • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

          Yes, we think so. Otherwise, the texture would be too moist for these energy bites.

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        • jeansays

          About soaking oats first: maybe just use instant oats which are pre-cooked and dried

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  59. Clare McCarronsays

    These are really good. Your site is excellent by the way. It has become my go-to website for ideas. Well Done. Clare (UK)

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  60. Jesssays

    This was my first minimalist Baker recipe and what a great one to start with!
    These energy balls were so easy to make, ingredients easy to source and a great snack addition in the house. Sweet, but not overly indulgent – I will definitely be making these regularly, and in larger portions!

    Thank you for this recipe!

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  61. norasays

    i used almond butter, flax seeds and substituted dates for dried plums and omg they turned out so yummy! these will be the fuel for my 100km bike ride tomorrow 🔥

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  62. Ariasays

    Hello, I have made this recipe today. I had to add a bit of almond milk to make the balls less dry and easier to mold.
    Very nice and filling snack.

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  63. Akriti Sharansays

    Super easy and delicious. I subbed cocoa powder (1.5 TBSP) for the chocolate, and it’s still super sweet and chocolatey. I definitely recommend soaking the dates in water for at least 30 minutes.

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  64. Larissasays

    I made these twice already with a spin of coconut and mu hubby absolutely feel in love with both version. Thanks for this simple and easy recipe xx

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  65. Giulianasays

    Hey ! Thanks for this recipe. I made these tonight following the recipe to the letter, including soaking the dates. Unfortunately it bogged down my food processor so much I thought it was broken, the blades wouldn’t spin at all! I tried adding a couple of table spoons and water and stirring the mixture and that didn’t seem to help. Any tips? Would there be a role for honey/maple syrup? Maybe fewer oats or dates? open to all suggestions as the spoonful of everything together tasted really good!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Oh no! Sorry to hear that happened, Giuliana! We assume there weren’t any pieces of pit that got left in the dates? Is it a powerful food processor?

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      • Giulianasays

        Hey! No pits! I tried in a blender and had a bit more success. I’m looking into a new food processor. Made them twice now, but technically difficulties. Flavour spot on

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  66. carrie Kadarsays

    I made these and added some cashews too, great healthier snack. I will make again. Thanks

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  67. Katiesays

    Really enjoyed these! They feel like a treat that isn’t totally *overindulging*. I skipped soaking the dates because I had just bought them and they didn’t feel “dry”, but I had a really difficult time getting them to blend so don’t skip soaking the dates. Another keeper recipe!

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  68. Michelle Doo Van Rafelghemsays

    Super fast and super easy! A food processor certainly helps. My picky 14 year old boy and 12 year old daughter approve as does my hubby. Just subbed almond butter for my peanut allergic son. Found rolled oats at the back of my pantry. Used the processor to help chop up the choc chips before processing the dates. Didn’t even need to coat with toasted dried coconut but certainly could if desired

    Thank you for an awesome one!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad your enjoyed this recipe, Michelle! Thanks for the lovely review! xo

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  69. Jackiesays

    Hi Dana! These are our quarantine staple! Absolutely love this simple and delicious snack. Thank you for all that you do.

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  70. Michelle Doo Van Rsays

    Ooops! Hit submit before finishing! I like that they are lower in carbs than some of the other recipes. Excited to try them in a few minutes!

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  71. Michael Zeesays

    I don’t have a food processor so I’m wondering if there are any options for the dates? Can i just use a knife and cut them into very small pieces?

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Michael, They won’t be quite as well blended, but yes, should still work! Let us know how it goes!

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    • Michelle Doo Van Rsays

      Is this the Michael Zee from HK/Taiwan/USC?

      Also, I will probably try to use toasted oats as I don’t have rolled.

      Mahalo!

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  72. Diane Heinrichsays

    These are delicious! I used natural crunchy peanut butter and a bit of agave for extra sweetener. Then rolled them in fine coconut ?? Doubled the recipe as others suggested, glad I did as they won’t last long!

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  73. Katrin Faridanisays

    I just made this recipe for the second time and I doubled the recipe. I added pumpkin seeds and slivered almonds after blending and they are divine!!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thanks so much for sharing, Katrin. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

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  74. Michele Mercersays

    The most difficult part about making these peanut butter cup energy bites is not eating them all immediately! This is a super easy recipe to make and are fun to make.

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Michele! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

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  75. Carolyn Baucomsays

    Loved theses,I did omit the chia seeds.It is a great snack,even my young grandchildren loved them.!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Carolyn. We are so glad you and your grandchildren enjoy them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

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  76. Tiffanysays

    So easy and delicious! Love how you point out everything can be subbed out. That’s how cooking should be like :)

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  77. Lilysays

    I made this and it was so thick that is actually broke my VitaMix, but luckily it is under warranty. Was too pissed off to finish that the mixture has just been left in my fridge.

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Bummer. You can see my grievances + tips for the Vitamix here. It seems to especially struggle with dates. In which case, we’d recommend using a food processor for this recipe.

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  78. Rubia Campisays

    Super easy, healthy and delicious! My 3yo daughter looooved it (she has no allergies so we are cool with the peanuts) and I am having little bites of heaven ?

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  79. Kristinsays

    Ok, so I am not a health nut. I love Reece’s. But I’m pregnant and trying to watch my weight and what I put in my body. I came across this recipe after reading how good dates are for you, and I decided to make them. Let let me tell you these are FANTASTIC!! My husband and 4 year old ask couldn’t stop eating them, had to make 2 batches! Mind-blown! Thank you for this recipe!

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  80. Melissasays

    I just loved this recipe as it was so easy to make and I could find every thing I needed at any local shop, my best friends have all been jealous of my “mum purse” lately and I’m so happy I can afford to give them some. Thank you so much x

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  81. Traceysays

    So easy to make and absolutely delicious! Just enough of a hint of chocolate to satisfy my chocolate craving.
    Thanks you!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Tracey. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

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  82. Mariasays

    The chia seeds give these SUCH a delightful and satisfying texture… I recently have become obsessed with dates and all-date-things and these filled the craving splendidly while being so easy, with minimal prep and minimal effort. They taste like a grownup version of a peanut butter cup (but these don’t hurt my sensitive teeth from the amount of sugar!). Fantastic recipe, thanks for sharing!!

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  83. Juliasays

    These are a miracle! I am a university student who also works, and most mornings I need to be out the door by 7 AM. Since classes started back up, I’ve just been skipping breakfast & eating whenever I have time in between lectures. These energy bites have been a life saver! They’re super easy to make & the most expensive things on the ingredients list are the dates. I just make a double batch at the beginning of the week and bring 2 or 3 to work with me every day. So far, no more hunger headaches while I wait for a break in my schedule!

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  84. Cheryl D Garciasays

    Hi, I really like this recipe! I just made it today and it is very simple and easy. I learned my dates are a bit dry after I blended them with most of the ingredients and they didn’t seem to hold together – BUT I knew of an idea and it happened to work: I have some unsweetened applesauce and added just a heaping tablespoon and that did the trick. They came together well and held into balls nicely. They are resting gently in the fridge now, minus the few that we couldn’t resist eating right away! Thanks so much for this great recipe, these are yummy! ;)

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thanks so much for the lovely review and for sharing the applesauce trick, Cheryl. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

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  85. Melissa Cabezassays

    Wow! I wanted something decadent but also something that I wouldn’t feel too guilty eating. This is it. I followed the recipe and while I had a tricky time getting all the bits out from the bottom of the blender, the result was delicious and quite filling. I will be making these again. Thank you!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoy them, Melissa! Using a food processor will make it easier to get the bits out. Hope that helps!

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  86. Mikesays

    These things are awesome! I’ve made a few batches now, it’s hard to stay away from them haha.
    I’m not vegan but I love that it’s all just fruit/nut/seed ingrediants and doesn’t have to be cooked. Thank you!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thanks so much for the lovely review, Mike. We are so glad you enjoyed them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

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  87. Chelly Davidsonsays

    Five star yummyness – so easy to make definitely a healthy indulgence when added to most fruits especially strawberries ?

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  88. Ngisays

    I made these, they didn´t come out looking exactly the same(I didn´t have enough dates), but the combination of ingredients is just delicious. I take it to work to have as a snack instead of more processed foods. Eating just 2 of them i’m good to go for the whole morning.
    Thanks

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Thanks so much for the lovely review. We are so glad you enjoy them! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! Xo

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  89. Sharonsays

    I made these today. I don’t think I put enough dates in the first time, they didn’t seem very sticky at first. I added a handful more of dates and another tablespoon of peanut butter. Then they stuck together and are absolutely delicious.

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  90. Jessiesays

    These are really delicious with cashew butter – for a much more subtle nut flavor. The only chocolate I had was the cherry + almond dark chocolate Chocolove bar and it was amazing. Recommended!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      We’re so glad you enjoyed it, Jessie! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

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  91. Annaliessays

    These are delicious but so sticky! I tried to add more oats. Any other tips or what I could’ve done wrong?

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hmm, maybe your dates were extra sticky and fresh! We would say add even more oats or try fewer dates next time? Hope that helps!

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  92. Michelle Asays

    Just made these and I’m already onto my third one …ooops hahah

    However I don’t know where I went wrong but the mixture was super super sticky and when I went to make a ball it literally just smushed into my palms LOL..
    I then wet my hands and was able to form the balls but it wasn’t quite the texture I thought it would come out as (just because it was a little tricky to make the balls).
    Popped them into the fridge for a couple hours to set nicely and they are delish!

    Just wondering what I can do next time round so I don’t struggle too much with making the balls and the super sticky mixture? (I know it needs to be sticky to stick but it was literally stuck to my hands and not forming a ball >.< )

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Michelle! Add more oats! And you can also refrigerate the mixture for about 30 minutes before scooping and rolling to prevent sticking as well. xo!

      Also, next time would you mind adding a rating to your review? It’s super helpful to us and other readers! xo

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  93. Heidisays

    I have not been able to find refined-sugar-free chocolate chips. Can you please tell me which brand you used?

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi there! I believe the ones we use are by Enjoy Life. But it looks like Choc Zero and Lily’s might be a good option.

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Not sure what the dry container is. But if it’s like a wide base food processor, Yes!

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  94. Bethsays

    I know I can trust minimalist baker recipes, so I made a double batch even though I’ve not tried it. These are delicious, you have just the right amounts of each ingredient. I didn’t have chocolate, but cacao nibs worked really well with this. Thank you!

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  95. Jillsays

    I made these before half marathon and they are so easy and so delicious! Great source of fiber, potassium and energy. Definitely a keeper!

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  96. Liz Bortolisays

    Do you think could replace the chocolate with raw cacao or will the consistency be wrong? Thank you

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Liz, we haven’t tried it, but we think that should work! You may have to add a little more nut butter to compensate. Let us know if you give it a try!

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  97. Micahsays

    Sooooo good! I’m a dancer and often have short breaks to eat, so I can’t wait to show up to the studio with these bad boys. I love how easily customizable they are. I doubled the chia seeds, and instead of chopping and adding the chocolate, I melted the chocolate (and added cinnamon), then completely coated the balls, and sprinkled with finely chopped walnuts and hazelnuts. They kinda look like Ferrero Rochers!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      So glad you enjoy these, Micah! Thanks so much for the lovely review!

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  98. alltogethertravelssays

    These were a big hit in our house. My husband absolutely loved them. They are very easy to make. We were going out to the park and I simply let the dates soak while packing up other things. I loved how just one satisfied my chocolate craving. I do have some concerns about taking the on trips where an ice pack or cooler are available. They could get a bit messy. That definitely won’t stop me from making them again !

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  99. Sarahsays

    I have made several recipes from this site. These were easy and tasty. I added a little maple syrup to help bind them together. I substituted pecan pieces for the chia. Overall, I judge a recipe if I will make again and I will make these again.

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  100. Erika Crowleysays

    These are awesome and totally taste like peanut butter cups! I used 3 tbsp homemade almond/cashew butter and added 2 tbsp peanut butter since it was a tad sweet for me.

    Thank you, Dana!

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  101. Lindasays

    These sound so good but I hate dates! Can I substitute anything else in place of them?
    Thanks!

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  102. Nadine Wellersays

    I made a double batch using cacao nibs and both chia & flax, blitzed together in the thermo.
    Delicious, will definitely make again when I’m avoiding sugar.

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  103. Katesays

    Great for vegans/gluten free!

    I added 1 tablespoon maple syrup and a half tablespoon of cacao for added flavour and to bind the mixture together.

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  104. Kellysays

    These have become a weekly meal prep staple in our house! They are the perfect after work snack which hold me over on the car ride home. So easy to make and modify, based on what we have in our cupboard. So far we’ve tried adding shredded coconut and hazelnuts (just a few or they become overpowering). We also made the last batch without peanut butter because we ran out, and they still stuck together nicely.

    Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

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  105. Ashleysays

    I am nearly 39 weeks pregnant and heard that dates can help with labor. I’m not a big date fan so I made this recipe as written in hopes that I would be able to devour some dates. These are amazing!!! The chocolate and peanut butter are really the perfect flavor combo. I made a double batch thinking that I might freeze some to keep on hand for after the baby comes, but I don’t know that they’ll last that long! Thanks for a great recipe!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Congratulations and thanks so much for the lovely review, Ashley. We are so glad you enjoyed these! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

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  106. Katiesays

    Made these in my vitamix tonight. So yummy! My boyfriend thought they tasted like “cookies.” I added a teaspoon of coconut oil to add a little moisture. My dates weren’t dry, but I still felt like it needed a little more moisture. I think the little bit of coconut oil did the trick! I used cacao nibs for the chocolate. Otherwise I followed the recipe! Thank you for great content!!!

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  107. Taransays

    Tried them and replaced chocolate with Cacau powder and plus added some ground almonds .
    They came out soo nice and everyone who tried them was bowled over .. they taste naughty I was told but soo delicious.. helps with the chocolate cravings .. thank you

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  108. Jamiesays

    So good! I made another recipe for date balls at the same time, but I kind of wish I had just made more of these :). The PB really puts these over the top!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      So glad you enjoyed these, Jamie! Thanks for the lovely review!

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  109. Jeannesays

    I made these tonight. I used baking dates, which were a lot cheaper and already kind of puried, so I didn’t have to bother with the food processor. I also added a few crumbled up pecans and it gave them another layer of texture. I heated the dates up in the microwave for a very short time and it made everything real easy to mix together. These are very good- I’m excited to have one with my coffee tomorrow morning!

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      So glad you are enjoying this recipe, Jeanne. Love your tips as well! Next time, would you mind leaving a rating with your review? It’s super helpful for us and other readers. Thanks so much! xo

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  110. Barbarasays

    I think this might be an updated recipe. I wanted to post it to a Japan Vegetarian group, but I have this recipe. Is it yours? Date and Nut No Bake Energy Bites

    ½ cup roasted, unsalted nuts. Peanuts, almonds, walnuts, etc.
    1 cup dates* – I did not soak mine.
    1 cup rolled oats
    1 Tblspn chia seeds
    1 teaspn cinnamon
    2 Tblspn honey
    1. Add the nuts to the food processor and pulse a few times.
    2. Add in the dates and pulse again.
    3. Next, add in the oats, chia seeds, cinnamon. Process until a dough begins to form.
    4. Add the honey and pulse to mix.
    5. With slightly damp hands, roll the dough into balls roughly 1 inch in diameter.
    6. Store in an airtight container. They will last for at least a week on your counter and longer in the fridge (if you haven’t eaten them all by then!).
    Notes
    *Make sure your dates are very moist. If they are on the dry side, soak them in boiling water for 10 minutes. Drain the water and use the dates as described.

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  111. Paulinasays

    These are sooo delicious! I was skeptical when you wrote that they’re like vegan cookie dough – they really are! Amazing, thank you Dana!

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  112. Manderssays

    Made these and my family polished them all off before the day was done.,made an extra batch so I could eat more in the morning :)

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  113. Laurasays

    I made these as-is and they’re delicious! I don’t normally even like dates, but the other flavors really complemented the dates. Made for a quick, healthy snack and breakfast throughout the week. Thank you!

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  114. Laurasays

    Made these yesterday! I used sunflower seed butter due to a peanut intolerance and I made some ‘chocolate’ out of coconut oil and cacao powder. These are so great! And perfect for keeping my sweet tooth under control. Thanks for the recipe!

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  115. Juliesays

    Can You substitute something else for oatmeal. I can’t eat oatmeal(allergy) or gluten products. Your recipes look delicious!!

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      • Gerrysays

        Hi,
        Do you mean like possibly subbing almond flour for oats (if one can’t eat oats)? Also is there a link to the Vitamix tips you referred to in another response? I don’t have a food processor but do have a Vitamix.

        Thanks!

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        • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

          Yes, it might work! You can find the tips here under the header “vitamix tips”. Hope it’s helpful!

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  116. Susansays

    5 real food ingredients, 15 minutes to make and tastes like a peanut butter cup? Hello little friends!

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  117. Zoesays

    These are so delicious and easy! I added a little bit of coconut oil to make them stick together more and it turned out perfect. Thank you!

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  118. Vaidasays

    Just made these delicious energy balls. They so lush, my 11 year old said it tastes like a snickers bar. I added some nuts for my other half, work really well. I sprinkled some coconut shavings just to decorate it.
    Highly recommend this receipe.

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  119. Emilysays

    So deliciously simple! I love that I had everything on hand and didn’t need a trip to the store. Thanks!

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  120. Annasays

    Thank you for this recipe! I’ve just starting trying to make energy bites and have made them twice now and it was so good! My husband really liked them too. I used sunflower butter and added cranberries to my second batch. I don’t have a food processor so I used my magic bullet which took quite a while for everything to come together can the ingredients kept clumping up and not blending well so I had to scrape and shake the bullet multiple times. It’s still worth the effort though! I’ll be using this to add my own variations in the future!

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  121. Mishsays

    Wow, a great version of the healthy ball! Even better with the raw oats. I ate the last smallest ball that I rolled, will have to limit myself to only one per day though. I plan to do a healthier version with cacao and home made peanut butter next time :)

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  122. Annesays

    Wow!!!! These are delicious! I tasted the mixture, and because of the dates it seemed overly sweet, so I added a spoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Came out perfect! I only have one problem though… how do I stop eating these???? :-)

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  123. Rebeccasays

    A little bit date heavy for my tastes. I’d like a stronger PB and chocolate flavour. In saying that, they won’t go to waste and will be nice with a coffee :)

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  124. Jo-Annesays

    YUM! So delicious! We added some extra oats as it was a bit sticky would increase it to a cup next time but so delicious!

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  125. Mollysays

    I know this is an old recipe, but just Made these to keep in the fridge to grab and go in the mornings and it took all my strength not to eat them right away. So tasty. I added fewer dates, extra chia, and a little coconut oil…and they are delicious!

    Thank you for all your great recipes and ideas. This is my go to blog for healthy easy food!

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  126. Lisasays

    I have made these several times now for my daughter when she goes on her Scout hikes. She LOVES them! They are always the first thing on her packing list, and I now make extra for the Scout leaders, too. Much better and tastier than any bought energy snack.

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  127. Ktorsays

    Since oats need to be soaked for quite awhile beforehand and shouldn’t be eaten raw like
    this, how would you recommend incorporating that process into this recipe?

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  128. Alanasays

    Great recipe! I only had 3/4 cups dates left, but I just added a little apple sauce at the end when it looked a bit dry and it came out great. Will definitely make these again.

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  129. Emilysays

    There are so good, I’ve just whipped up my second batch for this month…the taste reminds me of cookie dough!

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  130. Gina Umstattersays

    If I’m using chocolate nut butter, can I skipped the chocolate in the recipe? Thank you! Very excited to make these

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  131. Nicola Lylesays

    I made these for my daughter when she was racing a Grand Prix style triathlon (3 short races in 3 hours). She ate them between races and were delicious enough to tempt her between races, and easy to eat/digest!

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  132. Darby Bundysays

    These are one of my favorite snack balls of all time! Seriously, never a let-down when I pack them for work for a snack. They taste like Reece’s or Butterfinger and just one or 2 will tide you over. Really like how fast they come together and how few ingredients it requires, and if you’ve made similar versions before, you know they can be versatile for flavors, as long as you know how to keep the right consistency. I added cinnamon the second time, and then thought of having a Mexican chocolate version somehow, but decided to not potentially ruin a good thing and stop there. :D Anyway, love ’em.

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  133. Sue Esays

    Guilt free snacking! Great taste and texture! Super quick and easy! Have made and also recommended to others many times! Also great to grab on the go! Definitely a hit! Thank you, a staple in my house. ?

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  134. Adisays

    I ground the oats a bit, substituted the chocolate pieces for desiccated coconut and rolled them in coconut – absolutely DELICIOUS!! Thank you for the recipe!!

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  135. Jsays

    I soaked Deglet dates in water for 10 minutes and substituted the chopped chocolate for cocoa powder. These are delicious, chewy and with a little bit of crunch from the chia seeds and springy chew from the oats! Really nice little snack to round out the day. Thank you for sharing!

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  136. Dhivya Ramsays

    These were so good.. Thanks for sharing.. I had to blend them in batches, but end product was very good. I also added some freshly roasted peanuts in addition to the peanut butter…

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  137. Susan Henrysays

    I can’t believe thT something this good was so easy to make. My husband is a picky eater and he loved them as well!

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  138. Rozsays

    I threw in a handful of white beans because I had some I needed to use up (from a cookie recipe fail.) I Increased the peanut butter and added a bit more peanut butter and they were delicious. Thanks for the recipe

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  139. Jenny Gsays

    Hi, I’ve just come across this scrumptious sounding recipe and intend to make them asap… I just have a quick question regarding how ‘sticky’ they are as I’d like to add some protein powder to the mix for a good high protein energy snack. Would they combine as well with the added powder or would you suggest adding a drop of water/coconut oil/coconut nectar etc?

    I can’t wait to try them as I have had medjool dates hanging around my kitchen just waiting for the perfect recipe :)

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    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Jenny! I think adding some protein powder would work! Like you’re thinking, I agree that you may need to add some additional liquids to the recipe in the event that the protein powder dries it out – but add as needed!

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  140. Shanasysays

    Your site is one of my very top favorites. Thanks for having the “Print Friendly” capability – I LOVE that the ‘print’ includes a picture (most other sites don’t have that) and that it includes the prep and cooking time figured. REALLY handy! THANK YOU THANK YOU!

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  141. KCsays

    These will put you in a sugar coma. The proportion of dates to the rest of the mix is unbelievably heavy… I appreciate the idea though and I will adjust the recipe for next time! Thank you!

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  142. Suzannesays

    Just made these for my fiance as he’s gearing up his training for a half marathon. They’re delicious and so much better for him than packaged energy bars.

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  143. Lynnsays

    I made these and they are awesome. i put in chopped up cashews. Any suggestions for a replacement for the oats? i put hemp seeds in it and they were fine but was wondering if there was something else i could use.

    FYI my husband even enjoyed them and he was hesitant at first because they were Vegan LOL. Making them again today. They are very good cold. I keep mine in the freezer. They don’t freeze to the point that you can’t eat them right away.

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    • Lynnsays

      I just saw the same question dated back to 2015. No need to answer the oat replacement. Unless you suggest something other than walnuts or almonds.

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  144. Tesssays

    These look amazing! I appreciate that they are sweetened with dates, too! Question: Will the recipe still work with powdered peanut butter? I plan to make these TODAY!

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      • Grant Brownsays

        DON’T FOR GET TO PIT! I litterally destroyed my Kitchen Aid S blade. I wish the recipe had been a little more clear about this process for those who have never worked with dates before. The end product was good but, also DON’T TRY TO PROCESS MORE THAN A CUP OF DATES AT A TIME, this caused my Vitamix to be taxed as well and had to just shut it down and finish by hand. They tasted good in the end though and many lessened learned. I thought it would be a simple recipe!

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        • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

          Thank you for the feedback, Grant! We have updated the recipe to make that more clear!

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  145. BrendaLeesays

    Hi! These look yummy! Curious though, can I substitute peanut butter powder for the nut butter? I was thinking if I added an extra date or two it would work just fine. Thoughts? TIA

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  146. Jodi Shafiroff Powsays

    Love your recipes and feedback. Your 5 Ingredient Peanut Cup Energy Bites are phenomenal. Best we have found. We are split between PB preference and Almond butter preference, so we tend to make double batch of each, and then press them into a 10×13 pan for bars, rather than rolling into balls.

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  147. Halliesays

    I loved these! I made my first batch and after one bite I almost made a second batch right then! I added cacao powder and next time I might add some nuts! I bring them as part of my lunch and for a snack after school, so yummy.

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  148. Ashleysays

    One of my new favorites! I subbed the 2/3 cup oats for 1/3 cup chopped pecans and 1/3 cup shredded unsweetened coconut. So versatile to sub out ingredients and it always tastes delicious! Thanks for the inspiration.

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  149. Leynasays

    Hi! I’m expecting a baby in a couple weeks and these look perfect to keep in the freezer for those early postpartum days. How long do you think they would keep if frozen? I’d like to start stocking the freezer now, but obviously, don’t know when baby will be making his/her appearance, so they might be in there for a few weeks. Thanks!

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  150. Nicole Beauregardsays

    I made these crazy easy crazy delicious energy bites & kicked it up superfood style with MACA & CINNAMON & HEMP SEEDS. <3 These little Chcolatly nugguts are the best pre-workout snack!

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  151. Katy G.says

    Hey Dana, thank you for the wonderful recipe! My nephew loves peanut butter cup and now he is always asking for it! I found it delicious too even though I’m not a fan of peanut butter.

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  152. Shanisays

    Hi Dana, These look amazing, can wait to try them! just one question- Can I sub the chocolate to unsweetened Cacao powder?
    thanks!

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  153. Julie Carlsonsays

    These are incredible! I left out the chocolate (only because we don’t have any here) and added a few more oats. Definitely going to keep a stash of these in the fridge at work for a 3 o’clock snack. :o)

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  154. Cats websitesays

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    they will get advantage from it I am sure.

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  155. Hilarysays

    Delicious, super easy, my toddler loves them too. I don’t have time to hike or anything cool like that, so I’ll just eat these at night for a treat! Or breakfast or anytime I want chocolate. I did buy the “hippie cookie dough” thing, but it’s totally true!

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  156. Rose Silford-McLoughlinsays

    Love the recipe! I have made my own energy balls a few times but never thought to add Chia Seeds. I will definitely give that a go next time. And good idea in adding the chocolate! A great way for these energy balls to also fix that chocolate craving. I might also try it with some cocoa powder.

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  157. Dianasays

    I made these while watching the polls on tv. Love them!! I substituted my peanut butter and oats, but kept it at 5 ingredients. Shared my pic on Instagram @dmrodrigzz with the hashtag #minimalistbaker <3

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  158. heathersays

    AMAZING! So simple and absolutely delicious! Start to finish, including cleaning up, is a breeze. I used about 1 cup of oats, but otherwise made as instructed. My partner thinks they taste like snickers. I’m gearing up to make a second (double) batch right now!

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  159. Emilysays

    These are absolutely delicious! The only problem is that I’m getting a bit bloated after eating… is it possible that the chia seeds are supposed to be soaked prior? I’ve never just added chia seeds to things without soaking before so I don’t know if this is what could be causing it (I can’t stop eating them regardless haha)!

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Emily! That could be something to try out. I haven’t had trouble with bloating. You can also just leave them out?

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  160. Amysays

    Oh my!
    I didn’t have any chocolate so I substituted my attempt at chocolate:
    1/8 cup cocoa
    1 tbsp coconut oil
    1 tsp Stevia
    I also don’t have a food processor. The Vitamix had a hard time moving it, but I got it chopped up enough to dig it out into a bowl and cut the clumps with two knives. After that, it behaved well when rolling into balls.
    Then, OH MY! So scrumptious, and fun texture. Plus, I can’t even detect the weird Stevia flavor. What a wonderful new phase in my snacking life. Thank you so much.

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  161. Janicesays

    I Love how you always suggest substitutes ingredients in your recipes, making them practical and simple :)And soooooo delicious !

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  162. Harry Happersays

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know that you are an amazing blogger. I love your posts, and I use your recipes every time I want to make something special for someone, like my parents’ birthdays. They always turn out amazing, and this recipe sounds so good.

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  163. Ellensays

    These are FANTASTIC! I was skeptical but honestly these are so delicious! They totally satisfy my chocolate and cookie cravings. My dates were just a touch dry so I added a bit more peanut butter and it worked well :)

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  164. Nicolesays

    These are delicious – the kids love them! My 3 year old’s preschool is nut free so I replace the peanut butter with tahini. Thanks for sharing

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  165. Scarletsays

    These are sooo good! I decided to add a few more things at the last minute: chopped walnuts, sea salt, a little ground flax seed and cinnamon. The sea salt stands out and is a nice touch. I also ended up adding a little more peanut butter and these taste just like a peanut butter cup. I love the flax seed – it adds a nice texture and crunch! Thanks!

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  166. Juliesays

    I tried to make these in my Blendtech and it jammed up the blade. Maybe I didn’t chop the chocolate fine enough. I just didn’t know what setting. And so I added a bit of liquid. Then the mixture was too wet. So then I added more oats and some chopped peanuts. Now the mixture is in the fridge firming up before I attempt to ball them. What did I do wrong?

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  167. Clairesays

    Loved this recipe! The only problem I had was getting it out of the vitamix. Any tips?

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  168. Jillsays

    I made them with dates, raisins, oats, maple syrup, 2 tea spoons of peanut butter and a few cashew nuts. SO GOOD. Finally a healthy snack that doesn’t take ages to make, just mere minutes.

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  169. Carlitasays

    I didn’t measure a thing! Just threw all the stuff in my food processor according to how much I had, and holy cow. These are SO GOOD! Thank you for the recipe. I was going to Kroger for peanut butter chocolate chip Lara bars, but thought, Let me see what I’d need to add to dates, coconut, peanut butter, and cacao powder. Oats and chia seeds! Bam! So easy, so fast, so tasty. I’ll be taking these to parties, fo’ sho’.

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  170. Esthersays

    My husband came home from work, rather excited a couple of days ago and launched into making these. I must say that by now we had eaten many different types of “raw balls” and had tired of them somewhat. When he rolled the first one and offered it to me I almost refused but ate it out of politeness. BAM! My mouth exploded and I fell in love! These are hands down, the most delicious things! We both are far too many and soon had to make a new batch. thank you for the recipe!

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  171. stephanisays

    Oh my goodness, I absolutely love your website. I’m a vegan and every time I fancy something I type into google and you are always up there with an amazing recipe for me to try. I have done quite a few up to now and they are always incredible. Thank you so much for taking the time to do this website.

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  172. Caryllsays

    I’m not a big fan of dates–is there something else I could substitute it with? Or would the mixture still ball up if I just exclude it all together?

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    • KelsMomsays

      Made mine with a few slices of dried apple instead of dates. Next batch was made with fresh apple slices left from a fruit/cheese tray. Both versions were great and the fresh apple version did not overwork the processor motor.

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  173. Juliasays

    Just made these! Had everything. Not a big mess in my processor at all. Thanks, love them!

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  174. timsays

    Love your site.
    Have made these babies, following your recipe to a tee, many many times. They are deeeelish! I keep them in the freezer, and as soon as I’m running low, I make a new batch. Every time my daughter comes to visit, she asks if there are any energy balls in the freezer! Highly recommend these bites.
    Thank you for another great recipe.
    Cheers

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  175. Abbysays

    Just made these today!!! Doubled the chia and used almond butter and some powdered pb. YUM. These will be a good snack but won’t last long with my sweet tooth!!:)delish!!!

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  176. Jeanninesays

    Came across this delicious looking recipe and just made it tonight to take to my daughters volleyball tournament tomorrow, the only problem is they were so delicious there aren’t any left for tomorrow! Great recipe :)

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  177. Molliesays

    Yum yum yum!!!
    I gave one of these to my 9 year old sister without telling her what they were. She took one bite and asked me if they were a new Reece’s product (before stuffing her face). I then made the mistake of telling her they were actually good for her which saw a slightly disgusted expression emerge haha. She was soon sneaking them out the fridge whilst I wasn’t looking though.
    Not only are these delicious but they’re really great at tiding you over between meals or when you need a bite to eat without stuffing yourself before (or during) a workout.
    Also great fun for little ones to help roll up.
    Seriously yummy. These have become a staple in our house.

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  178. Stephaniesays

    Just made these. I had a few spoonfuls out the bowl before and they are amazing! I’m so glad my husband and kids hate peanut butter because I want these all for myself. Great recipe, thanks for sharing! Keep up the good work

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  179. Katiesays

    I think this recipe is a good start. When I followed it exactly I didn’t really taste much other than the dates. I adjusted by adding a 4th tablespoon of PB, a few dashes of cocoa powder, and about 1/4 tsp salt to bring out the flavors. Once they were rolled in balls and set, I sprinkled with just a touch more of sea salt and they were perfect. Now the PB/choc flavor is definitely there and the dates don’t overpower.Definitely going in my rotation. My husband ate almost all of them!

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  180. Dannysays

    Just made these today, and they’re delicious. They came out a little sweet though, so I added some salt and it made them perfect.

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  181. Andriasays

    These are really good. My first time (to my knowledge) trying dates and I enjoyed them ! I made it without the chocolate and loved it ! Thanks for the recipe

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  182. Sarahsays

    These are sweet and absolutely yummy. They give good energy, I’ve eaten a few and then gone and done training and they were great. They’re pretty sweet!!! Vegan cookie dough is about right! I can see myself making them again. Thank you very much for the recipe.

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  183. Jackiesays

    Love, love, love! These taste just like a no bake cookie. I used powdered peanut butter with 1T of coconut oil and Carob Chips in mine, turned out great.

    Love your site – thanks for all the great ideas!

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  184. Amber Mustardsays

    Do you think I could sub cocoa powder instead of chocolate? Only craving something sweet and can’t leave the house since kids are asleep!

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  185. Aparnasays

    I did not soak the dates to get a longer shelf life out of these(like they’re gonna stay around that long ;)). Used a spiced dark chocolate that I had on hand.. Those warm spices took the taste to the next level! Loving these as a pre workout snack!

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  186. erinsays

    Perfect. ..delicious even straight out if the freezer!
    I found that a regular blender couldn’t keep up with the dough though. Time for me to get a food processor.
    I’ll make these on the regular

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  187. Judysays

    Like this idea. 2 questions B4 I make these: 1) If I only have unsalted PB, how much salt would I add, & 2) Can I sub an equal amount of cacao bits? Thanks so much for all your time & energy in making life more beautiful! You are a lifesaver for people with special dietary needs. I found you only a short time ago & I have made 6-7 of your recipes but have yet to comment, though I have shared everything with family & friends who have grown to love you too! When I can breathe again (I suppose after Christmas) I promise to critique every recipe that I have made because they are soooo good! Your granola bars will forever be a staple in our home.

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  188. Georgiasays

    Very yummy! I added 2 heaped tsp of Maca powder to the mixture and then rolled them in chopped cashews to finish. These will be great when on the go.

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  189. Judisays

    Made them this morning , I covered some in chocolate just to see what they would be like as a Christmas treat !! Very good

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  190. Denisesays

    I’m becoming slightly obsessed with your recipes!! I have been in search of healthy and simple recipes. I definitely found what I was looking for. These are so good!! My husband asked if I would double the recipe next time. I think he is hooked too!!!

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  191. Katiesays

    Love these! I substituted peanut butter with almond butter. I’m embarrassed to share that I ate them all in one day. But hey, I’m a breastfeeding mom! Good excuse, I think!

    Thanks for the super quick, delicious recipe!~

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  192. Shannonsays

    I made a batch with no chocolate and added shelled pumpkin seeds for my toddler, then another batch as written, then one where I used honey instead of peanut butter, and added dried cherries. They all taste amazing! Thanks so much!

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  193. Emilysays

    I made these bites today- they are amazing! So easy, and will love the convenience popping a few in a bag to go in the mornings this week! Thanks for creating this great recipe!

    Also- love your vegan eggplant queso!

    And- trying to go full fledged vegan- your recipes are helping that process so much!

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  194. Dannisays

    Hellooooo! I’m a complete cooking noob, can I replace the dairy free dark chocolate with just normal dark chocolate? Is regular dark chocolate a lot sweeter? I only ask because I live in a small town and no where has dairy free dark chocolate :c

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Yes! Normal chocolate is is much sweeter. But it’s up to preference!

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  195. Adriennesays

    I have made this recipe twice now and these peanut butter cup energy bites disappear very quickly in my house. The first time I followed the recipe and tried to make them in the blender (easier to clean), but I would not recommend it because my blender kept getting jammed up and not mixing all the ingredients together. The second time I made them in the food processor using almond butter instead of peanut butter and thinly sliced almonds instead of rolled oats and they were also very delicious! Thanks for the amazingness Dana :)

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  196. Tarasays

    Hello,

    LOVE this recipe! So quick, simple and delicious:) I have made numerous variations so far (including tahini and then sunflower butter options for nut free school environment) and they always turn out well. Thank you for this recipe. It’s now a household staple!

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  197. oliviasays

    Hello! did you use medjool dates for this? i like them so much more but all i have right now is deglet, do you think it would make a big difference? thanks xox

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  198. Alyciasays

    My daughter loves these so much which is great because she has gotten super picky. Especially with breakfast foods. I use hemp seeds instead of Chia and I add cacao nibs. I freeze them and basically take them everywhere, haha.

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  199. Trishsays

    Holy Moly!!!! Just made them and they are SO GOOD!!!! I felt so tempted I couldn’t help myself, in the end managed to put the half of the balls to the freezer. The rest is gone already! Thank you Dana! xox

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  200. Andreasays

    I made these yesterday to bring to a BBQ with some girlfriends & kids…everyone loved them, even my extremely picky 2 year old so THANK YOU!
    I used hemp seeds instead of chia as I had none on hand – Delish!
    I have shared this recipe with all at the BBQ as they all requested it :)

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  201. Norasays

    Thank you for this recipe. So often vegan sweets that call for dates just make the whole thing taste like one big date that I could have eaten without all the cooking. These taste great and are as much fun to make as they are to eat. I Have cooked a little too much with rolled oats so I substituted unsweetened coconut flour and they are great. I rolled some teeny tiny balls for my toddler daughter – the size of peas that she can pick up and pinch.

    Thanks again. You are a great cook with wonderful ideas that you make manageable and fun for home cooks like me.

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  202. Katie Mariesays

    Just made this and it is awesome! Super easy and absolutely delicious. Love this blog!

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  203. Amysays

    I don’t have any chia, flax or hemp seeds and have never baked with any of those ingredients so have no idea what they could be substituted with. Would sesame seeds work? Or ground almonds? The internet suggests chia seeds sometimes replace eggs in recipes – should I use a egg instead??

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  204. Sandra Leasays

    These are really sticky, any suggestions for rolling them in something so they aren’t so messy.

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  205. Scott Robertsays

    These are awesome! the first time i made them, i had a lot of trouble with everything sticking to my blender, so when i mae them again i blended the dry ingredients first, put them in a bowl, then blended the dates, and added them to the dry ingredients, followed by the peanut butter. it was much easier to mix, and it didnt make a huge mess!

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  206. Ronsays

    Simply put its just scrumptious & heavenly, just 9 made it to the fridge…as the rest were devoured in the process!! Can’t imagine minimalist ingredients n prep can taste so good. A hit with kids!!! Great work Dana..

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  207. Elena Shettysays

    This is perfect snack for long and boring study nights but not being guilty thank to chia and oat. You just save my life Dana. Love you!

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  208. Sue Ann Jaffariansays

    I just whipped these up. They were fast, easy and OH SO YUMMY! I’m freezing them and taking them to the office for my afternoon snack.

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  209. Jessicasays

    Tried these today. Sooooo good! So far I’ve tried three recipes from your site (chilaquiles & tofu stir fry) and all three have been delicious. Dana, you rock!

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  210. Lisa Mariesays

    Yummy! Will definitely make again. Love the simple ingredients… already had in my kitchen.
    I have a nutri bullet which isn’t the best for this recipe… I suggest soaking the dates and blending. And then just mixing in the rest of the ingredients with your hands. I was able to blend the dates, but my blender wouldn’t combine everything else.

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  211. Amysays

    My blender didn’t like this recipe. Had to resort to knife and cutting board. Suggestions where to find new blender? All the writeups I see seem concerned with ice chopping.

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  212. Abbysays

    These energy bites look delicious, Dana! I love the simplicity and how easy to customize they are.

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  213. Gracious Storesays

    I just like the sizes of these energy bars/nuts, just thrust them into your mouth and “mage”

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  214. Melissasays

    These are FAN-friggin’-TAStic!! So easy and so good. Rolled ours in coconut. Hubby loves them too. I’ve made them twice since you posted these the other day. Thanks for the great recipe!

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  215. Jesssays

    These look so yummy! I’m on the hunt for no-bake recipes right now, since using the oven is going to become difficult as we head in to spring and summer. Thanks for this – I can’t wait to try them!

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  216. Kristisays

    So good! I love these – sweet, but filling and satisfying! I used Justin’s organic hazelnut butter instead of dark chocolate because that’s what I had on hand and they are wonderful!

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    • Bevsays

      Just made these…they stuck to the edge of my vitamix like crazy….kept having to spoon them to the Centre. ..any tricks? Can’t wait to eat them! !!

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  217. Elizabeth at Pineapples and Polka Dotssays

    These look delicious! I am always looking for new, portable, and nutritious snacks to bring to work, which I can make ahead on the weekends. I can’t wait to try these. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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  218. Annsays

    Great recipe! Is there a substitute that can be used for rolled oats? Some gluten sensitive people can’t have oats as well. Thanks!

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    • Aliciasays

      There are gluten free oats. Bobs red mill makes them. I first found at a natural foods type store but they have recently shown up in Target and my local grocery store. If they say “Gluten free” on the front then they are certified and safe for Celiac patients and similar Gluten intolerant people.
      Enjoy!

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  219. Jensays

    These look great, BUT! I am allergic to oatmeal and have had trouble finding an alternative in recipes like this. Do you have any suggestions?

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    • Ruthsays

      Quinoa flakes should work, if you can source them. (Sometimes in the natural foods cereal area)

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  220. Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugarsays

    Definitely the perfect kind of snack! These sound like the greatest treat for the middle of the day.

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  221. Sandra Leasays

    Related to the comment above, approximately how many dates are in one cup? I always seem to have a problem with this, I either use too many or too few. Are they packed in the cup or loose?

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    • Melissasays

      I’m never sure of this either. I used my kitchen scale and measured out 220g as per the recipe. It seemed like more than a cup, but they turned out great. Guess I should count them next time :)

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      In my experience, about 20. But this absolutely depends on the size of your dates. If you can weigh them, 1 cup is about 200 g. Good luck!

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  222. Marciasays

    YUM! Just checked and I’ve got everything needed to craft these babies – you just made my husband VERY happy; as soon as he gets home from work!

    One question about the dates. I normally keep mejool dates on hand, but this time I’ve got deglet noor dates. Deglet noor are about 1/2 the size of the mejool variety so do I use 2 cups of deglet noor or just one? Oh, I almost forgot. I bet rolling them in granola or chocolate nibs would be yummy too!

    Thank you,
    Marcia

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    • Marciasays

      Update from yesterday. Made them yesterday afternoon. Decided to use 1.5 cups of Deglet Noor dates. They probably have used a few more. They didn’t look like your beauties! I had a hard time getting them to stick together. They look beautiful and my husband says they taste great so it was a success! I wrapped them individually in plastic wrap so they would be easy to grab on the run.

      Thanks so much!
      Marcia

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    • Melissasays

      If you have a kitchen scale perhaps you could measure out 220g (as per the recipe) then the kind of date wouldn’t matter. We rolled ours in coconut and they were delicious! Granola is a great idea too. :)

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Use 1 cup packed of either kind of date. And the recipe is pretty flexible, so if you have too many dates, add more oats to balance it out. And if you din’t add enough, just throw in a few more while blending!

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  223. Ana @ Ana's Rocket Shipsays

    Well- my bag is full of snacks and after seeing this they may become even more full of snacks!

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  224. Jennifersays

    Hi Dana,

    These look great, and I think I will even put a few in the Easter baskets.

    My son loves the candy with a coconut center and dark chocolate on the outside (Bounty style) . Is there any chance you could devise a recipe in time for the Easter Baskets? :) Thank you , Jennifer

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    • Dana @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Jennifer! I actually just made a recipe like this but it’s going in our cookbook (due out this fall)! But for this recipe I would recommend adding some shredded coconut or coconut butter to the recipe and blending per usual! Just scale back on the dates a little bit to compensate. Good luck and Happy Easter!

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  225. Shawn @ I Wash You Drysays

    I love coconut with these too! I love love love these kinds of snacks for the fam and I.

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  226. S Lauren | Modern Granolasays

    I love hippie cookie dough! This looks amazing and is so easy! I love having energy bites like these waiting for me in the fridge for emergencies. Can’t wait to try these!!

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  227. Elysesays

    i love to roll mine in toasted coconut! They are dangerously addictive, if I see them I have to eat one (maybe all of them!)

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  228. GiselleR @ Diary of an ExSlothsays

    Yum! Exams are coming up and I’m going to need to become that friend with all the mom things in my purse while studying haha. So thanks!

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  229. Nargissesays

    Thanks for this recipe!! So true, sometimes you just don’t have time to have real food! Can’t wait to try it!

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  230. Meg @ The Housewife in Training Filessays

    These would be dangerous to have around. Not sure they would last more than a couple days!

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    • Charlottesays

      This may be impossible, but can you recommend any substitutions if you can’t have any nuts or coconut or seeds (or honey or agave)? (Luckily I only have mild issues with cashews so I have a fallback; it would just be amazing if there were a substitution because miraculously I can handle all the other ingredients…).

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      • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

        It should be okay to leave out the chia seeds without issue. We’d suggest cashew butter for the peanut/almond butter. Not sure of any other nut/seed free ideas!

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