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Recipe: Healthy No-Bake Oats & Dates Energy Balls

Need a quick and healthy snack or breakfast? Try this awesome No-Bake Energy Ball recipe from a member of our Ambassador community.

Hi there! Let me introduce myself: I’m Leslie and I’m a personal trainer, run coach and nutrition specialist at Leslie H. Fitness located in Westchester, NY. I’m also a mom to two girls, ages 5.5 and 2.5 (those halves are very important!) and a rescue pup. My husband is extremely supportive in helping me find a balance to work part-time around the girls’ schedules.

My training clientele is varied, but my sub-specialties include perinatal women and endurance athletes. As a lifelong athlete, nutrition has always been of great interest to me and I cook regularly for my family. We love variety (including guilty pleasures!) and I’m a firm believer in moderation!

I personally prefer to do my early morning training sessions fasted (not eating anything before), but these Energy Balls can easily be consumed before a workout without being too heavy if you don't like working out on an empty stomach. I generally have 2-3 after my workout, but they're perfect any time you want a quick, filling, nutrient-dense snack!

No-Bake Oats & Dates Energy Balls


2/3 cup pitted dates (soaked in water to soften)

1 cup old fashion oats

2/3 cup almond butter

1 Tbsp ground flax seed

1 Tbsp chia seeds

Pinch of cinnamon

1/2 cup chocolate chips

Sprinkle of sea salt


Pulse dates in food processor until finely chopped.

Add remaining ingredients except sea salt and mix until incorporated.

Wet hands (to avoid sticky-fingers) and roll into 1-inch balls.

Place on sheet trays lined with parchment paper, sprinkle with sea salt, and pop into the fridge for roughly 20 minutes.

Place them into an air-tight container and store for up to 2 weeks - if they last that long.

Leslie Horowitz is a trainer, coach, nutritionist, and MMF Ambassador. Find her on Facebook or Instagram @lesliehfitness.

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