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Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Nutty Date Energy Bites

Healthy Lemon Poppy Seed Nutty Date Energy Bites are a powerhouse of healthy ingredients. Naturally sweetened by the Medjool Dates with a lemony twist. Perfect for snacking on in-between meals!
Prep Time25 mins
Chilling2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 30 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: British
Servings: 24 balls
Calories: 156kcal
Author: Emma


  • 150 grams pecans 1 and 1/4 cups
  • 150 grams peanuts 1 cup
  • 200 grams medjool dates 17 - 20 whole dates
  • 100 grams raisins 3/4 cup
  • 2 lemons - zested & juiced
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chai seeds
  • 5 tablespoons gluten free oats
  • 100 grams chopped mixed chopped nuts 1 cup - optional


  • Boil a kettle of water and place your pecans and peanuts in a heatproof bowl and cover them with the boiled water for 15 minutes.
  • While the nuts are soaking de-stone your dates if they need it and chop them up into quarters.
  • I have quite a small food processor so I had to make mine in two batches but if you have a large one then you can do it all in one batch.
  • Pulse the date quarters until they are almost a paste, add in the raisins and pulse again.
  • Then add in the lemon zest and lemon juice and pulse until you have a pretty smooth paste. Don't worry if it is not perfectly smooth, mine wasn't.
  • Drain the soaking nuts and give them a quick rinse then add them into the date mix and pulse until they are well mixed into everything. Again don't worry if you don't have a smooth paste, a little texture is nice.
  • You may find that your mixture is a little dry, this will fully depend on how ripe and sticky your dates are if you are finding the mixture to be a bit dry and difficult to pulse add a few tablespoons of cold water to help it along.
  • Finally add in the poppy seeds, oats (certified gluten-free if you need them to be) and chia seeds and pulse for a further 30 to 60 seconds until they are well incorporated into the mixture.
  • Scoop the mixture into a bowl and roll it into balls. You can choose the size that suits you best. I went for golf ball size ones and found this to be perfect. This mixture will make somewhere around the 24 to 26 in number, again depending on size.
  • Finally, place your mixed chopped nuts in a dessert bowl and roll the balls in them so they get a nice coating. Then place them in the fridge to chill and set a little for at least 2 hours. This time will give time for the oats to soften a bit and the chia seeds to soak a little of the moisture up.
  • Kept in an airtight container in the fridge these balls will last up to 7 days.


  • Remember to keep these gluten-free you must use certified gluten-free oats.
  • If you only have a small food processor like me it is better to make these in 2 batches so you can pulse the ingredients properly.


Serving: 1ball | Calories: 156kcal | Carbohydrates: 13.5g | Protein: 4.2g | Fat: 10.6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 120mg | Fiber: 2.8g | Sugar: 8.7g | Calcium: 30mg | Iron: 0.9mg