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Strawberry Fudge Energy Date Balls (Whole30, Paleo)

Healthy snacks don’t need to be boring and tasteless! These Strawberry Fudge Energy Date Balls are delicious little paleo, Whole30(ish), vegan, and dairy-free nutrition powerhouses.

strawberry fudge energy date balls in a bowl with 3 on a white board with dates and dried strawberries

I’m kicking myself hard for not naming this recipe “Strawberry Fudge Amazeballs” because holy smokes they are so delicious! Chocolately and packed with delightful bits of freeze-dried strawberries, these Strawberry Fudge Energy Date Balls taste sinful but are made with 100% real food ingredients.

Are Strawberry Fudge Balls Whole30 Compliant?

Yes.Ish.

Snacks like this are meant to be an emergency food while on Whole30 and not a daily snack, treat, or dessert. You’re not supposed to use them to fill a need for something sweet.

But, for moments when you’re running late for soccer practice or can’t sit down for a meal, these little energy date balls can be a compliant lifesaver.

I’ll give you an example of how we use them. My husband is a firefighter (a literal “lifesaver”) and is often up all night between calls. In the past, he may keep granola bars at hand or snag a premade sandwich on his way out the door.

He doesn’t have time to make himself a Whole30 compliant salad or a mini meal of pork tenderloin and brussels sprouts. Grabbing a few of these and maybe a Chomps stick on the way out the door can mean he stays alert and focused on helping people.

ingredients for making strawberry fudge energy date balls

What Kinds of Nuts Are Best For Energy Date Balls?

Almonds, cashews, pecans, or walnuts would all be a great choice. I usually use cashews for energy date ball recipes (like this one, this one, and this one), but tried almonds for this batch and I’m a convert!

Almonds are a bit drier than cashews when run through a food processor, so it keeps these little bites from getting sticky. And yes, I used the word bites because discussing sticky balls seems uncouth. And I’m a lady.

Damnit.

How to Make Strawberry Fudge Energy Date Balls

*Detailed and printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Pulse nuts in a food processor until the pieces are somewhat uniform in size. Some larger chunks may remain.

A food processor chopping almonds for strawberry fudge energy date balls

Add the dates and cocoa powder and process until most of the mixture is minced (about 1 minute).

Dates and cocoa powder in a food processor making strawberry fudge energy date balls

Add the strawberries and process until the mixture starts to come together in a mostly cohesive massive (about 1-2 minutes).

freeze dried strawberries and dates in a food processor for strawberry fudge energy date balls

Pinch off chunks of the mixture and roll into balls.

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Dates come in many sizes and types so what you use may dictate how many you need for this recipe. Medjool dates are larger and darker. Deglet Noor dates are smaller and lighter (their name means translucent or date of light) with a lighter honey taste. You can use either but will need about 50% more Deglet Noor dates than Medjool. If you are a Costco shopper, the Medjool dates are the one in the produce section in the hard plastic container that have pits. The Deglet Noor dates are the ones stored by the other dried fruit in a zip pouch and are pitted.
  • I do not recommend using a blender for this recipe. As the name implies, a blender will blend the mixture, resulting in a sticky mess. A food processor, however, will chop and mince the various ingredients which is ideal for making energy date balls.
  • Energy date balls are fine stored at room temperature for up to two weeks. If you plan to keep them longer than that, move to the fridge.
  • If you have nut allergies, sub in oatmeal for the almonds. Start with only 1/2 cup of oats and mix with all the other ingredients at once. Please note, oats are not Whole30 compliant.

strawberry fudge energy date balls on a white board

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strawberry fudge energy date balls in a bowl with 3 on a white board with dates and dried strawberries
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Strawberry Fudge Energy Date Balls
Prep Time
10 mins
Total Time
10 mins
 

Healthy snacks don't need to be boring and tasteless! Strawberry Fudge Energy Date Balls are delicious little paleo, Whole30(ish) nutrition powerhouses.

Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dairy-free snacks, energy date balls, paleo snacks, strawberry and chocolate snacks, whole30 snacks
Servings: 18
Calories: 75 kcal
Author: Sarah Cook - Sustainable Cooks
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Pulse nuts in a food processor until the pieces are somewhat uniform in size. Some larger chunks may remain.

  2. Add the dates and cocoa powder and process until most of the mixture minced.

  3. Add the strawberries and process until the mixture starts to come together in a mostly cohesive massive.

  4. Pinch off chunks of the mixture and roll into balls.

Recipe Notes

Dates come in many sizes and types so what you use may dictate how many you need for this recipe. Medjool dates are larger and darker. Deglet Noor dates are smaller and lighter. You can use either but will need about 50% more Deglet Noor dates than Medjool.

 

Most nuts will work well. I have experimented with almonds, walnuts, cashews, and pecans. 

 

Store the bars in an air-tighter container at room temperature for up to two weeks. 

Nutrition Facts
Strawberry Fudge Energy Date Balls
Amount Per Serving (1 ball)
Calories 75 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Potassium 145mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 11g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin C 46.7%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 6.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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2 comments on “Strawberry Fudge Energy Date Balls (Whole30, Paleo)”

  1. I love your Mexican Hot Chocolate Lara Bars so much that I cannot wait to try these. It looks my evening plans of tea drinking and knitting may need to be replaced by shopping and then some creating!