Made with 5 wholesome ingredients, cherry pie energy balls taste just like cherry pie. These no-bake energy balls are a quick (15-minute!), delicious, and nutritious snack to enjoy all week long.
These cherry pie energy balls are equally sweet and tart, naturally vegan and gluten free, and come together quickly in the food processor. Simply process the almonds, then add in the rest of the ingredients. Shape into balls and enjoy whenever you need an extra boost of energy throughout the day!
“These were the best energy balls I’ve ever made (and I’ve made quite a few). Flavors go great together and I loved that there were only three main ingredients (beside vanilla extract and salt).” – Lauren
What You Need for Cherry Pie Energy Balls
All of our energy ball recipes feature some combination of dried fruit, nuts or nut butter, and other flavorful add-ins that create a nutrient-dense pick-me-up. For this cherry pie version, you need:
- Almonds: Raw, unsalted almonds are the base of this energy ball recipe. You’ll use a food processor to process them into a fine almond meal before adding the other ingredients.
- Dates: Dates add sweetness and help the energy ball mixture stick together. If you can find already pitted dates, grab them! It will save you time and sticky fingers.
- Cherries: Dried tart cherries add flavor and a little sweetness.
- Vanilla + Salt: Pure vanilla extract and sea salt add flavor.
- Water: Water moistens the energy ball mixture.
Energy Ball Ingredient Substitutions
Energy balls are totally customizable – it’s easy to mix and match your favorite ingredients or whatever you have on hand.
Nuts: Instead of almonds, feel free use the same amount of raw, unsalted cashews or peanuts. Personally, I love the almond + cherry combination.
Cherries: For these cherry pie energy balls, I used the tart dried cherries from Trader Joe’s. Use your favorite kind of dried cherry (dried cranberries would also work). If you are not using tart cherries, the balls will be a little sweeter but still taste delicious.
Are energy balls healthy?
Energy balls are packed with protein, fiber, and healthy fats and made with all-natural ingredients. They’re a nourishing no-sugar-added snack that we love to enjoy any time of day!
How many dates do you need for 1 cup of dates?
Depending on size, about 12 individual dates equals 1 cup of dates.
Why are my energy balls falling apart?
If your energy balls are falling apart while trying to roll them, the mixture is probably too dry. Put everything back into the food processor and mix in 1/2 teaspoon of water at a time until the mixture is malleable and the balls stick together in ball-form.
Can you make energy balls without a food processor?
You can use a high-speed blender instead of a food processor, but you do need some sort of kitchen appliance to process all of the ingredients together. Mixing by hand won’t work for these energy balls.
Energy Ball Storage
For longer-lasting balls, store these cherry pie energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
Freezer Storage: Transfer balls to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months. Eat the balls straight from the freezer or let them sit at room temperature for a few minutes to soften up.
Energy balls are a great grab-and-go snack and we try to keep at least one flavor of them around the studio. Enjoy them post-workout with a chocolate protein shake, on road trips, or for a pick-me-up throughout the work day.
Cherry Pie Energy Balls
- Place almonds in a food processor and process until the almonds turn into a meal, about 1 minute.
- Add in the pitted dates, tart cherries, vanilla, sea salt, and water and process for 1-2 minutes on high until a dough forms. If the mixture seems too dry, add 1/2 teaspoon of water at a time until you've reached the preferred consistency.
- Scoop out heaping tablespoons of dough and roll between your palms to create the balls.
- Store balls in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.
Tips & Notes
- Storage: Store cherry pie energy balls in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Freezer Instructions: Transfer balls to a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to 3 months.