Jamie Oliver's date, cocoa and pumpkin seed energy balls



25 min


12 portions

Jamie Oliver's date, cocoa and pumpkin seed energy balls

Photo, Jamie Oliver.

"Medjool dates have the double benefit of being high in both fiber and chloride, a nutrient that helps our digestion, and we get a hit of copper from the pumpkin seeds." -JO


  • 2 1/2 oz raw unsalted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup puffed brown rice or puffed quinoa
  • 1 3/4 oz whole almonds
  • 3 oz Medjool dates
  • 1/2-inch piece of fresh turmeric or 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 heaping teaspoon quality cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tablespoon manuka honey
  • 1 orange


  • Me and my nutrition team have worked hard to create these super-nutritious, balanced, flavor-packed balls that give us the perfect snack boost to get us through the day—enjoy two balls per snack.
  • Blitz 1½ oz of the pumpkin seeds into a fine dust in a food processor, then decant onto a plate. Place the remaining pumpkin seeds and the puffed rice or quinoa in the processor with the almonds and dates (pit first), then blitz until finely chopped. Peel and finely grate in the turmeric, if using fresh, or add the ground turmeric, along with the cinnamon, cocoa powder, and a pinch of sea salt. Blitz again until finely ground, then add the vanilla, honey, and half the orange juice. Blitz for another 1 to 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down the sides a couple of times, and adding an extra squeeze of orange juice to bind, only if needed—it takes a while for the mixture to come together, so be patient and let the processor work its magic.
  • With wet hands, divide into 24 and roll into balls, dropping them into the pumpkin seed dust as you go. Shake to coat, storing them in the excess dust until needed. They’ll keep happily for up to 2 weeks in an airtight container.

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Nutrition (per serving)

  • Calories
  • 80,
  • Protein
  • 2.7 g,
  • Carbohydrates
  • 6 g,
  • Fat
  • 5.8 g,
  • Fibre
  • 0.5 g,

Recipes and photos from Everyday Super Food. ©2015 by Jamie Oliver. Published in Canada by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd. All rights reserved.