Makes 18 balls


  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1 cup dried pears
  • 1/2 cup raw cashews
  • 1/2 cup whole, raw pistachios, plus 1/2 cup coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup gluten-free quick oats
  • 1 Tbsp. cashew butter
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger


    In a food processor, combine the dates, pears, cashews, whole pistachios, oats, cashew butter, ginger and 3 tablespoons of water and process on high speed for 2 to 3 minutes, until a thick, sticky mass forms. You may need to add another 2 to 3 tablespoons of water.

    Spread the chopped pistachios on a large plate.

    Using a tablespoon, scoop the mixture and, with clean wet hands, roll into a ball between your palms. Roll the ball in the chopped pistachios to lightly coat and then set on a separate plate. Repeat with the remaining mixture until you have 18 balls.

    Place the balls in the freezer to set for 30 minutes. Store in the refrigerator, or at room temperature, until required.

    Serving size: 1 ball
    Calories 120 kcal
    Protein 3g
    Fat 5g
    Carbohydrate 17g
    Sugar 8g
    Dietary fiber 3g

    From Energy Balls by Christal Sczebel (Chronicle Books, 2017).

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