I don’t even know where to start with these energy balls. Energy bites, energy balls, whatever you want to call them. These healthy, bite-sized snacks TASTE LIKE CAKE. Sorry. I didn’t mean to yell at you. But I’m just a little bit excited about throwing a few simple, clean ingredients together and having them taste like cake.
I get excited about recipes like this because I’m so passionate about creating healthy recipes that taste good. I want the world to know that healthy, clean-eating recipes don’t have to taste like cardboard. You don’t have to turn to processed foods. Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple ingredients can come together to make flavorful foods that nourish your body.
I’m here to tell you, you can have your cake and eat it, too.
Strawberry Shortcake Energy Balls
- Total Time: 10 minutes
- Yield: 16 balls 1x
These healthy, bite-sized snacks TASTE LIKE CAKE.
1 1/2 cups freeze dried strawberries (such as these)
1 cup soft pitted dates
3/4 cup cashews
3 tablespoons hemp seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon honey or agave nectar
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
Put the freeze dried strawberries in a food processor or powerful blender and process until they turn into a powder. Add the dates, cashews, vanilla extract, and honey and process until the dates and cashews are well broken down. If the mixture sticks together when you press it in between your thumb and fingers, it’s ready. Roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Alternatively, you can line a bread pan with parchment paper, press the mixture into the pan, and then cut it into bars. (Like I did with these Pumpkin Spice Energy Bars.) Enjoy!
- Prep Time: 10 minutes
- Cook Time: 0 minutes
- Category: Snacks
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 ball
- Calories: 84
- Sugar: 8.2g
- Sodium: 1.2mg
- Fat: 3.6g
- Carbohydrates: 11g
- Protein: 2.4g
Keywords: energy balls
If you love energy balls, bars, and bites like these, you may want to check out one of these recipes:
Chocolate Bliss BallsTahini-Maple Energy Balls
Or check out all of my healthy snack recipes! Have a great week, everyone.
can I use fresh strawberries instead of dried frozen ones? And are the cashews raw/ roasted? Recently discovered your blog and am loving it!
Hi Priya! I’m glad you found me. 🙂 Unfortunately, I don’t think fresh strawberries will work here. I think the mixture would be too wet. I have used both raw and roasted cashews in this recipe, so either works.
Wowww. I wanna make this for my family. I hope its will be awesome. Thanks
Wow! I just made these today and they are awesome. I would have never thought to use freeze-dried fruit in a date ball. Thanks for the fun treat idea! My kiddos will love them.
You’re welcome! Thanks for letting me know, Anna! 🙂
Do you use raw cashews in this recipe? Thank you.
The strawberry shortcake energy balls look so delicious. Strawberries are my favorite fruit. The nuts in the recipe are very healthy. I will surely try the recipe. Thanks for sharing.
I hope you love this, Anjali! This is one of my family’s very favorite snacks.
Do you think these could be frozen and saved for later? They are really good!!!
Yes, I do think these could be frozen!
Just made these, they’re great! I added about a tablespoon of chia seeds. Very pretty for Valentine’s Day!
Perfect for Valentine’s Day! 🙂
Hi! Do you have any suggestions for what I can use as a substitute for the cashews? If it were a smaller amount I would just leave them out but 3/4 cup is a good sized amount! We have a nut allergy in the house but I would really like to try these! Thanks!
This is really amazing energy balls (X the recipe is great.. thankyou for this gift.
Just wanted to tell you that I finally got around to making these this past weekend and they are so good! Husband and 2 1/2 year old son agreed. Great recipe! Thanks so much!
You’re welcome! I’ve been making a double recipe of these every week since I posted this. They’ve been a bit hit over here as well. 🙂 Thanks for coming back to let me know!
Anything that tastes like cake I will definitely be trying! I’ve been experimenting a lot with no-bake strawberry and cherry bites lately and these sound perfect!
Mmmm cherry would be delicious too!
Meg @ Noming thru Life says
This is a great idea Maryea! I’m always looking for quick eats or bites for those busy days, and these definitely fit the bill! They are so Larabar-esque too. Love it!
Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) says
I’ve been wanting to make some snack balls with dried strawberries! I will have to try this recipe. ASAP.
They give such great strawberry flavor. I think you’ll love these!
Yum! Simple ingredients that I already have in the cabinet. I will probably make ours into bars 🙂
I hope you love them!
Lowanda J says
Simple ingredients, quick, and tasty…Now that’s my type of recipe. Thanks for sharing. I could use these little bites!
Sam @ PancakeWarriors says
Wow these are the perfect summer snack! I would love to make these for pre-workout fuel! Love how simple they are!
They are a great snack before a workout!
Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious says
Yum! These are my kind of balls! Hehe!
Can’t go wrong with a strawberry ball! 😉
Carrie Chance says
I LOVE energy balls. But I haven’t made any in months. I am going to have to make some soon and these look really good.
These are such a fun departure from my regular combinations, which usually involve nut butter and chocolate. 🙂
MryJhnsn (@mryjhnsn) says
I love strawberry and these sound wonderful! I sure could use a bit of sweet from time to time and these would certainly be a great option.
They are definitely a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth!