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Cashew Date Chocolate Sesame Energy Balls

Cashew Date Sesame Energy Balls

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These Cashew Date Sesame Energy Balls are packed with protein powder mixed in a chewy and chocolatey, spiced and naturally sweet date base with crunchy cashews rolled in sesame seeds.


  • 2 cups Medjool Dates, pitted ((about 16 - 18 whole dates))
  • 1 1/4 cups raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup pea protein powder (- or preferred protein powder)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds (- divided)


  1. Combine cashews and 1 tablespoon of protein powder in a food processor. The protein powder absorbs the oils released from the nuts when pulsed so you don't end up with nut butter. Pulse until the cashews are coarsely chopped. Remove 1 cup of chopped cashews and set aside.
  2. Add dates, remaining protein powder, cocoa powder, cardamom, cinnamon, vanilla and sea salt to the food processor. Pulse to combine, then use a spatula to scrape down the sides. Continue to blend the mixture for a minute or two, until the mixture is sticky and blended.
  3. Transfer mixture to a mixing bowl and stir in reserved chopped cashews and 2 tablespoons sesame seeds. Stir or squish together with your hands until the nuts and seeds are fully incorporated into the mixture. 
  4. Use a 2 tablespoon (medium) sized cookie scoop to measure, then roll each scoop into a smooth ball.
  5. Roll the balls in the remaining sesame seeds to coat. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep fresh up to a week.


Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to one week or freezer up to one month. To defrost, just set out at room temperature until balls have softened. 

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Category: Snack
  • Cuisine: Energy Balls