Walnut-Ginger Energy Balls

As we get ready for the new school year and back to work, here is a simple, bite-sized treat that you can bring to any party or have ready for a quick snack in lunchboxes. Walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and phytonutrients, shown to reduce the risk of many types of cancer and good for heart health. Ginger is anti-inflammatory and a good digestive aid, while dates are full of fiber, which help promote a healthy gut! This versatile recipe allows you to add any of your favorite nut and seed combinations to suit your taste.


  • 2 cups walnuts, or other nut/seed of choice
  • 2 cups soft dates, pitted, or chopped dried fruit of choice
  • 2 tablespoons nut butter of choice
  • 2 teaspoons fresh grated (peeled) ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup shredded unsweetened coconut or raw cacao powder (optional)


  1. In a large food processor, process the walnuts until crumbly. Add in the dates, nut butter, vanilla, and sea salt and process again until a sticky, uniform batter is formed.
  2. Scoop the dough by heaping tablespoons, then roll between your hands to form balls. Arrange them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, then place in the freezer to set for at least an hour before serving. Store the balls in a sealed container in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for an even longer shelf life.
  3. For a gourmet-looking truffle, you could also roll them in shredded coconut or raw cacao powder!