These super yummy, no-bake peanut chocolate chip energy balls are easy to make with just 3 simple ingredients and perfect for a sweet snack or dessert.

Overhead image of a plate of no-bake date energy balls with peanuts and chocolate chips.

Features

  • dietary features: vegan and gluten-free
  • quick and easy: you’ll need just 3 ingredients and 15 minutes
  • snacking on-the-go: they travel well so take them along on busy days, road trips and hikes!

Ingredient Notes

Peanuts, chocolate chips and dates in a food processor.
  • peanuts – I used unsalted blanched peanuts but salted blanched, raw peanuts or dry roasted salted or unsalted peanuts all work
  • dates – any variety works as long as they’re soft and moist
  • chocolate chips – I used Enjoy Life Dark Chocolate Chips but any chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate chocolate works
  • optional sea salt – I added sea salt since my peanuts were unsalted, if you’re using unsalted peanuts, add up to 1/2 tsp salt as an optional ingredient, if you’re using salted peanuts, do not add salt

Complete list of ingredients is located in the recipe card below.


Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Add the dates, peanuts and chocolate chips to a food processor and blend into a sticky dough.

Quick Tip: After blending, squeeze some of the dough between your fingers. You should easily be able to roll it into a little ball. If the dough is too crumbly, which can happen if your dates were too dry, add 1-2 tbsp water and blend again. That should do it!

A crumbly dough of dates, chocolate chips and peanuts in a food proccesor.

Step 2. Use your hands to roll the dough into approximately 21 balls.

Quick Tip: I like to use a cookie scoop to help keep the balls roughly the same size. You can make them as big or as small as you like but mine are usually around 1 inch.

Hands rolling energy ball dough into balls and placing them on a plate.

Enjoy the date ball for a sweet snack or dessert any time of day!

Hand picking a chocolate chip energy ball off of a plate.

FAQs


Can I make these without peanuts?

Sure! To make these peanut-free, substitute the peanuts with almonds or cashews.

Do I need to soak the dates?

If your dates are overly dry, I would recommend soaking them in hot water for 15 minutes then draining well before use. If your dates are soft, go ahead without soaking and if needed, you can add 1-2 tbsp of water to the recipe.

How long do these keep?

These can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or frozen for up to 3 months. If taking to-go, they’re fine for a day or two but will start to get soft if it’s warm. Keep cool for best results! I like to store them in the freezer.

4 chocolate chip energy balls on a small plate.

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Overhead image of a plate of no-bake date energy balls with peanuts and chocolate chips.

Peanut Chocolate Chip Energy Balls

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 21 1x
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

These homemade date peanut energy balls are so easy to make you’ll want to make a batch every weekend! Try them with the added sea salt for a delicious sweet and salty treat.


Scale

Ingredients

  • 1.5 cups packed, soft pitted dates (330 g)
  • 1.5 cups peanuts (225 g)
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips (90 g)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt (optional, only use if using unsalted peanuts)

Instructions

  1. Place ingredients in a food processor and mix until it forms a thick dough. You should easily be able to pinch the dough into a little ball. If it seems too crumbly to roll (this can happen if your dates were too dry), add 1-2 tbsp water and blend again. 
  2. Use your hands to roll the dough into approximately 22 balls, about 1-inch each in diameter.

Notes

Storing: Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer for up to 3 months. They don’t freeze solid so are yummy straight from the freezer!

Peanuts: Blanched salted or unsalted or dry-roasted salted or unsalted all work. If using salted peanuts, do not add sea salt. If peanuts are unsalted, add up to 1/2 tsp optional sea salt for a yummy, sweet and salty treat!

Energy Bar Option: The dough can also be pressed into a parchment-paper lined 7 or 8 inch square baking pan then sliced into bars if you prefer.

Peanut-Free Option: Substitute the peanuts with almonds or cashews.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 123
  • Sugar: 13 g
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 16 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 3 g

Keywords: chocolate chip energy balls, peanut energy balls

Originally published on August 16, 2016. Updated January 2021 with new photos and text.