Protein Power Date Balls (Healthy Back-to-School Candy!)

Protein Power Date Balls (Healthy Back-to-School Candy!)


Can you believe the first half of the year has already passed? These past 6 months have been filled with so many exciting new projects (including my first published cookbook!) that I didn’t realize time flew by so fast. Now that school has started again, I’ve been getting several requests for back-to-school candy so I wanted to share one of my favorite energy snacks: Protein Power Date Balls! These are packed with plant-based protein & fiber, they are super easy to make and they taste incredibly sweet without adding any refined sugars. You could fool even the most stubborn sugar addicts ☺

Protein Power Date Balls

SERVES: 25 small balls

EQUIPMENT: food processor, rubber spatula


2 tablespoons of chia seeds, soaked for 5 minutes in ¼ cup of water (add more water if needed for binding)
1 ¼ cup of dates, pitted
½ cup of walnuts, soaked overnight (or almonds)
¼ cup of oats (purchase gluten free if you are allergic)
¼ cup of shredded coconut, unsweetened
¼ cup of sesame seeds
½ tablespoon of hemp seeds
¼ teaspoon of Himalayan crystal salt or sea salt
¼ teaspoon of cinnamon
¼ teaspoon of vanilla powder
Shredded coconut & sesame seeds (for garnish)


  1. Soak your chia seeds in water for 5 minutes. This will turn into chia gel.
  2. Add dates, walnuts and oats to the food processor fitted with an S-blade. Mix until well combined.
  3. Add shredded coconut, sesame seeds, hemp seeds, salt, cinnamon and vanilla powder. Process again.
  4. Shape the dough into small truffles and roll them in shredded coconut and sesame seeds.


  • These Protein Power Date Balls will stay fresh for at least 3 weeks in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
  • Sesame seeds are packed with protein and essential minerals such as magnesium and calcium.

Now I would love to hear from you! What used to be your favorite back-to-school snack? Let me know by leaving a comment down below.



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