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Raw banana bread balls in a bowl.

Banana Bread Bites

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 20
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


Craving chocolate chip banana bread but don’t feel like baking? Banana bread bites to the rescue! Whip up these yummy energy balls in 10 minutes for a healthy snack that tastes like dessert!


  • 1 cup walnut pieces or pecans (150 g)
  • 1 cup rolled oats (100 g)
  • 1 cup packed, soft pitted dates (220 g)
  • 1 medium ripe banana (1/2 cup, 120 g)
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract, optional
  • 1/2 cup mini or regular chocolate chips (90 g)


  1. Add the nuts and oats to a food processor and blend until broken down and grainy.
  2. Add everything but the chocolate chips and blend into a thick, sticky dough you can press together between your fingers.
  3. Add the chocolate chips and pulse a few times to mix throghout.
  4. Use your hands to roll the dough into 20 balls.
  5. To smooth out the balls after rolling, wet hands and roll each ball a few times to smooth.
  6. It’s okay to enjoy them right away, they’ll just be a little soft, otherwise, firm in the fridge for 30 minutes then enjoy!


Storing: Sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week or freezer for up to 3 months. Okay at room temperature if taking to-go but will get soft it it’s warm. Store in the freezer beforehand and keep cool if possible.

Nuts: Use 1 cup of walnuts, pecans or almonds or mix and match and needed. 

Sugar-Free Option: Use sugar-free chocolate chips such as Lily’s or to reduce sugar content, use high-cacao content dark chocolate.

Oat-Free Option: Replace oats with and additional 1 cup of nuts (2 cups nuts total).

Dates: It’s important to use soft dates in this recipe. If your dates are very dry, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes then drain well before using in the recipe.


  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 117
  • Sugar: 11 g
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 2 g

Keywords: banana bread bites, banana balls