Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Balls are healthy and filling energy bites made with dates. Not only are they full of antioxidants, but these date power balls are gluten-free and can be made vegan.
Originally published in December 2018 | Updated November 2020
This chocolate energy balls recipe with dates is delicious. The dates are a great natural sweetener! And while I’m a huge peanut butter lover, these chocolate date energy balls are one of few energy balls without peanut butter that I make.
I chose to use sunflower seed butter for these. If you’re an energy bite lover like me, make sure you try some of my other favorites:
- Vegan Carrot Cake Energy Bites
- Sweet Potato Coconut Energy Bites
- Peanut Butter Vegan Protein Bites
- Fudgey Coconut Chocolate Peanut Butter Bites
And since I still have plenty of aerils left to use (when I’m not snacking on them incessantly) from ThriveMarket, I’m trying some new recipes in the kitchen.
If you find yourself wondering, “What can I do with pomegranate seeds?,” look no further.
And if you’re looking for a recipe to use pomegranate juice, make these recovery tart cherry gummies!
How was your holiday? Did you enjoy time with friends and family, and eat lots of yummy things? I hope you made many memories, some of which revolved around food. Because food is nostaglic.
Chocolate Date Oat Balls Are A Great Travel Snack!
Did you catch this cranberry pomegranate baked oatmeal from a few weeks back? Another recent favorite in our kitchen.
We traveled up to Pennsylvania to spend time with Ed’s family for the holidays. Of course, I brought plenty of these chocolate date oat balls with pomegranate seeds because I’ve made batches and batches of them lately. The pomegranate chocolate flavor is really a hit.
This was my first solo flight with Camryn (Ed drove up with Tater). While we had some minor hiccups, the travel wasn’t too bad. I didn’t expect her to nap much (we got maybe 20 minutes on the way up) because there would be so much stimulation.
However, she ended up being sick for most of our time up there with a cough and cold, so that was a bummer. I just felt so helpless and it was so painful to see her not feeling well.
So, our Christmas was a little dampened because of that, but Camryn was a trooper and still made the most of it. She’s been catching up on sleep since we got home late last week and is feeling 1000% better. Maybe it’s because she ate some of these antioxidant-rich chocolate oat balls?
I also hope the antibodies and immunity factors in my breastmilk are helping her, as well as lots of rest. I’ve also been focusing on some Vitamin C foods, like pomegranate seeds, bell peppers, broccoli and strawberries, too.
These Chocolate Pomegranate Energy Balls are addicting, I’ll just go ahead and tell you that now. You only need a few ingredients and you have these quick healthy chocolate energy balls
What You’ll Need For Chocolate Date Oat Balls
Energy bites, energy balls, power balls…they are all one in the same. This chocolate energy bites recipe is super easy!
You probably already have the necessary ingredients on hand, too, except maybe pomegranate seeds. If you don’t have hemp seeds, flax seeds or dates on hand, I recommend stocking up because there’s no limit of the combinations you can make of no bake date energy bites.
They are pantry items that I always have on hand.
- Food Processor (I love this one)
- Sunflower seed butter (or any choice of nut butter)
- Honey or Maple Syrup
- Cocoa Powder
- Pomegranate Seeds
- Hemp or Flax Seeds
How to Make No Bake Pomegranate Chocolate Balls
My favorite part about these chocolate oat balls is that they are truly satisfying. The combination of chocolate (mmm), and fats from the sunflower seed butter and hemp seeds, and fiber from the oats, seeds and dates make these chocolate power bites a sustaining snack option.
You’ll simply just blend everything together in your food processor. I love no bake recipes so much for that reason, and these no bake chocolate bites with pomegranate seeds are no different.
Best of all? These easy chocolate energy balls are the perfect power-food to hold you over between meals, or serve as a pre/post-workout snack, thanks to their combination of carbs, protein and antioxidants.
Hemp seeds are so easy to add to anything (salads, oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream, baked goods) to boost the protein, fiber and omega-3 content.
Plus, these oatmeal date energy don’t need to be baked so you can have a quick snack when you want them. They make for the perfect holiday snack!
Can You Freeze These Oatmeal Date Energy Bites?
I love just eating them out of the freezer because they’re a little hard but delicious (like any pomegranate dark chocolate bites would be), but just let them thaw to room temperature if you please. These healthy no bake chocolate energy bites will last up to 6 months in the freezer!
I love pomegranate seeds so much, so I plan on making extra of these chocolate covered pomegranate seed bites in the winter when they are in season and freezing them. Or if you like a frozen snack to bite into, give these a try.
More Holiday Recipes
- Crockpot Gingerbread Oatmeal
- Cranberry Pomegranate Baked Oatmeal
- Oatmeal Raisin Peppermint Cookies
- Sheet Pan Maple Roasted Vegetables
- Cod Sliders with Cranberry Chutney
- 1 cup pitted dates
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/2 cup sunflower seed butter
- 1/4 cup raw cocoa powder
- 1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup if vegan)
- 1/4 cup hemp seeds
- 1/2 cup pomegranate aerils
- Add all ingredients (dates through hemp seeds) except pomegranate seeds to a food processor and pulse 5-7 times before letting the processor run.
- Process until one large energy ball forms and rolls around the blade.
- Remove ball from processor and roll into 12-16 small, bite-size energy balls. Add pomegranate seeds last.
- Move to the freezer or fridge for 15 minutes to set. This makes them easier to roll.
- Enjoy and store leftovers in refrigerator or freezer.
To soften dates, let soak in warm water for 10 minutes.
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Nutiva Organic Raw Shelled Hempseed from non-GMO, Sustainably Framed Canadian Hemp, 19 Ounce
Nutrition Information:Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 139Total Fat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 28mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 2gSugar: 13gProtein: 3g
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