Easy and healthy vegan snack idea (kid friendly)
Easy chocolate peanut butter date energy balls. No bake recipe with dates, oats, peanut butter and cocoa powder. Can also be made into bars. Meal prep for a busy week to always have a healthy snack on hand. Kid friendly vegan and dairy free recipe that can easily be made gluten free.
I love snacks. I especially love snacks that are healthy and portable. I especially especially love snacks with coffee.
These easy chocolate peanut butter energy balls are all of the above and more. You can even make them into bars.
Peanut butter and chocolate are a match made in heaven. If you’re craving peanut butter cups, but would like a healthier version, this recipe hits the spot.
- Medjool dates – Make sure they’re pitted. You can use any dates you want but medjool will be best.
- Peanut butter – Not only is peanut butter delicious, and a great source of protein, it’s used as an amazing egg free binding agent in these energy balls.
- Cocoa powder
- Soy milk
- Dairy free chocolate chips – added in the end to add texture and crunch.
These chocolate peanut butter bars are sweetened with dates. Dates are amazing because they’re chock full of fiber, so it doesn’t cause a big sugar spike in your blood stream.
Processed white sugar is stripped of all its nutrients. Dates are full of sweetness, but also contain the whole, intact fruit and its nutrients. Dates are full of potassium, antioxidants, vitamins and minerals(1).
How to make date energy balls
- Put your oatmeal and pitted medjool dates into a food processor and process until oats and dates are broken down a bit.
- Add in the soy milk, vanilla, peanut butter, cocoa powder and salt and process for a couple of minutes.
- Add in the dairy free chocolate chips, and process for 10 seconds.
- Roll into 2″ balls and store in a fridge, or roll out on a baking sheet and let it set in the fridge for a few hours. Melt some peanut butter and coconut oil and drizzle over the pan. Cut into bars and enjoy.
These bars are great to make at the beginning of a busy week. Just make sure to store them in your fridge. Then you will always have a delicious snack on hand for when you head out the door.
Feel free to add any nuts and seeds of your choice. These are also good if you roll them in hemp seeds. This adds some amazing omega 3’s.
If you’d like an amazing treat at the end of the day, pop these bars into the oven for 10 minutes, or until they’re warmed up. Put the warmed up, goey bars into a bowl and top with some vegan ice cream. My GOD, this is about as good as it gets.
If your dates are dried out, soak them in some hot water for 10 minutes.
If you don’t like peanut butter, feel free to use any other nut butter like cashew butter, almond butter or tahini.
How to store
These date energy balls will last in an airtight container in the fridge for about 5-7 days.
Can you freeze energy balls?
Yes! These freeze very well. Just make sure to completely thaw them out before eating them.
Can you make this recipe gluten free?
This recipe can absolutely be made gluten free by either omitting the oatmeal, or by using a certified gluten free oatmeal.
And that’s it. I hope you enjoy these delicious and easy chocolate peanut butter bars.
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Vegan date energy balls
- Food processor
- 1 cup oats
- 20 pitted dates
- ⅓ cup peanut butter
- 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 3 tablespoons soymilk
- ½ teaspoons vanilla
- small pinch of salt
- ⅓ cup of semi sweet chocolate chips (check for dairy free)
Melted peanut butter topping
- 2 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp coconut oil (or vegan butter)
Chocolate Peanut Butter Bars
- In a food processor, blend the dates and oats first for about 10 seconds.1 cup oats, 20 pitted dates
- Add in everything except the chocolate chips and process for 15 seconds⅓ cup peanut butter, 3 tablespoons cocoa powder, 3 tablespoons soymilk, ½ teaspoons vanilla, small pinch of salt, 2 tbsp peanut butter
- Add in chocolate chips and process for 5 seconds⅓ cup of semi sweet chocolate chips
- Either press into an 8×10 pan to make the bars or take a tablespoon and roll into balls. After melting the peanut butter topping, drizzle over the balls or bars. Place in a freezer for 10 minutes for the bars/balls to set. Then store in the fridge
Melted peanut butter topping
- Melt peanut butter and coconut oil in a sauce pan on low heat. Stir while it melts. Drizzle over the bars1 tsp coconut oil, ⅓ cup peanut butter
Add in your favorite nut for more texture. Roll these in hemp seeds for added Omega 3’s. Store in an air tight container in the fridge. These bars are great to make at the beginning of a busy week. Just make sure to store them in your fridge. Then you will always have a delicious snack on hand for when you head out the door. Feel free to add any nuts and seeds of your choice. These are also good if you roll them in hemp seeds. This adds some amazing omega 3’s. If you’d like an amazing treat at the end of the day, pop these bars into the oven for 10 minutes, or until they’re warmed up. Put the warmed up, goey bars into a bowl and top with some vegan ice cream. My GOD, this is about as good as it gets. If your dates are dried out, soak them in some hot water for 10 minutes. If you don’t like peanut butter, feel free to use any other nut butter like cashew butter, almond butter or tahini.
The nutritional information on this website is only an estimate and is provided for convenience and as a courtesy only. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed. It should not be used as a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.