Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls with Pecans and Dates
These Whole30 / Paleo chocolate coconut energy balls are an amazing midday snack and energy boost! Sweetened only with dates and super easy to make, they taste decadent, similar to an almond joy, but are 100% guilt-free.
Put pecans (1/2 cup) in food processor and pulse until roughly chopped.
Place 1/4 cup of the shredded coconut in a small bowl. Set aside.
Add the remaining ingredients except for the 1 tablespoon water to the food processor. Turn food processor on until very well mixed. If mixture seems too dry to stick together, add the water.
Using a tablespoon measure, spoon out mixture and roll in balls.
Coat each ball in the reserved 1/4 cup shredded coconut.
Place on a parchment covered baking sheet and refrigerate for at least thirty minutes, until they harden.
Store in the fridge in an airtight container or plastic bag for up to two weeks.
Make it nut free: Substitute the pecans with sunflower seeds.
Other substitutions: You can use almonds, walnuts or hazelnuts instead of pecans.
A note on yield: I got 16 energy balls out of this, but the dates I used were big and the scoop I used was tiny. You may get a different total amount than I did depending on the size of your dates and how big you make them!
The provided nutrition information does not include any added sodium from seasoning to taste, any optional ingredients, and it does not take brands into account. Feel free to calculate it yourself using this calculator or by adding the recipe to Yummly.