We took all the cozy flavors of a pecan pie and transformed them into a delicious energy ball! These energy balls feature pecans, oats and dates for a tasty snack that's easy to make ahead.

EatingWell.com, January 2023


Credit: Photographer: Rachel Marek, Food stylist: Lauren McAnelly


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.

  • Spread pecans in a single layer on one half of a large rimmed baking sheet. Spread oats on the other side. Bake until the oats are lightly browned and the pecans are fragrant, about 10 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, soak dates in a small bowl of hot water for 10 minutes.

  • Transfer the toasted oats to a food processor. Drain the dates; add to the food processor along with vanilla, salt and cinnamon. Process until finely chopped. Add the toasted pecans; pulse until the pecans are chopped.

  • Using damp hands and a 1-tablespoon measure, roll into 18 balls. Refrigerate for at least 15 minutes before serving.

To make ahead

Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Nutrition Facts

1 ball
59 calories; protein 1g; carbohydrates 7g; dietary fiber 1g; sugars 4g; fat 3g; mono fat 2g; poly fat 1g; vitamin a iu 3IU; folate 1mg; sodium 27mg; calcium 8mg; magnesium 7mg; phosphorus 19mg; potassium 26mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g.