Healthy no-bake Energy Balls with Shredded Coconut (plant-based)

plant based energy balls

Good news! Here is a perfect snack made with healthy ingredients, dark chocolate (cocoa) and no added sugar. This basic recipe for no-bake energy balls can still your sweet cravings in no-time. This recipe is packed with walnuts and the sweetness and stickiness comes from the dates. I love adding walnuts to my diet as walnuts are really healthy, with antioxidants and plant based omega-3s.

Today I got up really early (trying to join the 5am club), went for a run, stretched, and showered and all that. I made myself a cup of matcha and enjoyed it with two of these vegan energy balls – a sweet treat that gives you a small energy boost, AND is made with whole foods. Now, tell me a better way to start the day! I say YUM! If you crave caffeine in the morning these power balls also go perfectly with a cup of coffee.

Try making these plant based energy balls the next time you are craving something sweet.  If you make them I would love to hear from you. Please write a comment to let me know what you think. If you snap a picture, tag me on instagram @by.linaelisabeth – I look forward to seeing how they turn out!

plant based energy balls

Healthy no-bake Energy Balls

Healthy snacking? Yes please! These plant based energy balls are made with the good stuff - dark chocolate (cocoa), shredded coconut, healthy fats, and no refined sugar. This basic recipe can still your sweet cravings in no-time.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Refrigerate (optional) 2 hours
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Snack
Servings 12 balls


  • 10 dates deseeded
  • 50 g walnuts
  • 1 tsp cocoa powder (baking cocoa)
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp flax seeds
  • 30 g shredded coconut plus a bit extra if you wish to coat your energy balls in shredded coconut
  • 1 tbsp walnut oil
  • 1 tbsp water
  • a pinch of sea salt


  • Add the dates and all the dry ingredients to your nutriblender / food processor and pulse for about a minute until the ingredients are well cut and mixed.
  • Then pour the mix from your nutriblender / food processor over in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the water and walnut oil and mix well with a spoon or similar. You should feel the mixture sticking together. See the video below if needed.
  • Take about a tablespoon of dough and shape it into a ball form using your hands.
    For me, this recipe makes 12 energy balls, but if you like your treats smaller or bigger then make them the perfect size for you.
  • If you love coconut you can roll the done energy balls in shredded coconut.
  • You can eat the energy balls straight away, or place the energy balls on a plate or a trey and refrigerate them for 2+ hours.
    I prefer them after they have been i the fridge for a couple of hours as they harden a bit, but they are by all means also delicious to enjoy straight away.


Keyword easy vegan snack, plant based energy balls
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