Elburn Days/ Coconut Date Energy Balls

May and Cecelia enjoyed their first Elburn Days!

Photos taken by Uncle Joe!

We enjoyed the parade with the Kleckas and Mapels:

I also really enjoyed Elburn Days bcause Lauren and I scored an awesome playhouse for the kiddos.

Recently I have been on a big coconut kick! I have enjoyed munching on these from here!

Coconut Date Energy Balls

Ingredients (12-14 balls)

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened dried coconut
  • 1/2 cup roasted pumpkin seeds (didn’t use)
  • 12 pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup water (you might not need quite this much!)
  • zest of one orange (did not have so I didn’t use)
  • pinch of salt
  • extra coconut for rolling (optional
    I added in two big spoonfuls of peanut butter (I didn’t measure)
    Chai Seeds (extra crunch, fiber, and omega-3)


Honestly, it doesn’t get much more simple than this.  Make sure your dates are pitted, and then chop them into bite sized pieces.

Add dates, oats, coconut, vanilla, salt, and pepitas to a food processor.  Zest one orange over top of the food processor, and then let it spin.  The mixture will be dry and crumbly – let it process for a minute just to break down some of the bigger ingredients.

Slowly add about 1/4 cup of water – add just until the mixture becomes wet and a bit sticky.  Scoop out tablespoon sized portions and roll into balls. They will have a bit of stickiness to them, so I like to roll them in dried coconut to help prevent them from sticking together.

These can be eaten at room temp, but I prefer them cooled in the refrigerator. Pack for snacks, hikes, bike rides, or any other long day where you might need a quick boost.

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