These chocolate brownie date balls are perfect when you need a sweet chocolate fix! For a healthy no-bake dessert or treat!
chocolate brownie date balls
These energy balls can be eaten as a snack or dessert when you have a chocolate craving. Made with just a few ingredients: dates, walnuts, pumpkin puree, cocoa powder, and vanilla extract, it’s so rich and delicious. Make a batch and refrigerate them for an easy treat. You might also like these Pumpkin Pistachio Date Balls or these No-Bake Fuzzy Snowballs.
Benefits of Medjool Dates
in the meantime Medur date High in natural sugars, two contain 3.2 grams of fiber. Fiber in dates reduces cholesterol and improves digestion. It’s also a great source of copper, vitamin B6, potassium and magnesium, and rich in antioxidants.
What is the difference between regular dates and Medjool dates?
Medjool dates are larger, softer, and thicker than regular dates, also known as degrette nord dates. Medjool is my favorite, but you can substitute the regular one. They are smaller than Medjool, so you may need to add some extras.
Are energy balls healthy?
These brownie energy tidbits are a healthy alternative to chocolate desserts. Perfect for when you want a bite of something sweet and chocolatey. One date ball has 153 calories, 2.5 grams of protein and 4 grams of fiber.
Ingredients for chocolate date balls
- Walnut: Most of the walnuts are mixed with other ingredients. Mash the rest and roll the chocolate energy balls inside the nuts to coat them.
- date: Requires 10 pitted Medjool dates.
- pumpkin: Use 1/4 cup canned or homemade pumpkin puree.
- salt: Add a pinch of sea salt to balance the sweetness.
- cocoa powder: I used dutch process cocoa powder, but any kind will do.
- Vanilla extract: Add half a teaspoon for extra flavor.
How to make a date ball
- Walnut coating: Process 3rd cup walnuts in food processor until coarse and sandy. Transfer them to a small bowl for later use.
- Process all ingredients. Place the remaining walnuts in a food processor and finely chop. Pour in dates, pumpkin, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla and process until ingredients are blended and smooth.
- Form into a ball: Scoop the mixture and roll it into 8 balls the size of a golf ball. Roll each into reserved walnuts. Consume immediately or store in the freezer or refrigerator.
How to store brownie date balls
These chocolate date energy balls can be refrigerated for 7 days or frozen for up to 3 months. To thaw, move to the refrigerator or set aside on the counter for a bit before eating.
- nuts: Swap walnuts for pecans or almonds.
- date: Replace with regular dates, but add a few more since they are smaller than Medjool. Or use prunes instead.
- cocoa powder: Cocoa sub-protein powder for extra protein.
- coconut: Add chopped coconut to the dough.
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yield: 8 serving
Serving size: 1 ball
Place 1/3 cup of walnuts in food processor with metal blade.
Process until the nuts look like coarse sand. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.
Place the remaining walnuts in a food processor and finely chop.
Add dates, pumpkin puree, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla extract and continue until ingredients are blended and smooth.
Using a spoon (or your hand), scoop the mixture and roll it into 8 equal (golf ball size) balls.
Roll each ball in the reserved walnuts and serve immediately or store in the freezer or refrigerator.
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Serving: 1 ball, calorie: 153 kcal, carbohydrates: 26 g, protein: 2.5 g, obesity: 6.5 g, saturated fat: 1 g, sodium: 1.5 mg, fiber: Four g, sugar: 20.5 g