Father’s Day Recipe – Dad’s Raw Energy Balls

Raw Energy Balls

Happy Father’s Day!

Here’s a recipe for a snack that dads moms AND kids love. It has only 7 ingredients. The nutty crunch is balanced by the chewy dates and raisins – true flavor explosion in your mouth.

These energy balls can replace chocolate candy, trail mix, and store bought bars. All the ingredients are raw, there is no cooking involved and it’s fun to make together with kids.

dad's raw energy balls - ingredients Ingredients:

  • 1 cup raw almonds
  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup raw walnuts
  • 1 cup dates, pitted
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut

Work tools:

  • 2 mixing bowls
  • measuring cup
  • chopping board
  • chef’s knife
  • mini paper cupcake cups


1. Using a chef’s knife and 2 hands, chop the almonds into smaller pieces and place in a large mixing bowl.

dad's raw energy ball - chopping almonds

2. Repeat for the cashews and the walnuts.

3. Repeat for the pitted dates, adding them to the nut mix Note: it gets sticky from here on, so you’ll need to wash your hands when they get too sticky to be effective.

4. Add raisins to the mix.

5. Pour tahini into mix.

6. Using both hands, mix until you get a sticky mess that looks something like this:

dad's raw energy ball mix

7. Wash your hands and dry them off. Set about 30-40 mini cupcake holders near your work area.

8. Pour the shredded coconut into the second mixing bowl.

9. Grab a bit of the raw mix and roll into as smooth a ball as you can, about 1 inch in diameter:

dad's raw energy ball rolled up

10. Roll the sticky ball in the shredded coconut until it is fully covered and not sticky anymore. Note: if you feel the mix is too dry, you can add some more chopped dates and tahini. If the mix is too “wet” and can’t hold, add more nuts.

dad's raw energy ball - rolled in coconut

12. Repeat the last step, making 30-40 energy balls overall. Place each energy ball in individual mini cupcake holder.


Alternate takes on the recipe:

  • Instead of coating with coconut, use sesame seeds or cocoa powder.
  • Instead of tahini use honey or silan (date syrup), but in smaller quantities.
  • Choose whatever nuts and seeds you like – this recipe is just a blueprint.
  • sharril

    Dads balls taste so good and you can lick his Lolly pop for dessert

  • The Candid RD

    Hmmm….I wonder if my dad would REALLY eat these!? I may have to find out!

  • guest

    Excuse me but on second thought don’t you think it would have been more appropriate to call them Dad’s Raw Energy Sweets rather than Dad’s (Raw Energy) Balls?

  • BrianNZ

    Tried the recipe exactly today. Not sure if my nuts weren’t chopped into small enough pieces or what, but this is a major soupy mess that doesn’t cling together. I’m about halfway through and tried adding more nuts as suggested – didn’t seem to make a difference. I’ve got the end products that pretty much fall apart if anyone tries to do anything besides plop the entire thing in their mouth at once. Will keep trying, though. :)

    • BrianNZ

      I tried to press the other half of the mix into a pan and low-bake it…no luck. Oh well, guess I have some toppings for my yogurt. :)

  • Jonathan

    Yum! Dads balls have never tasted better! Very good :)