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Healthy Energy Balls with Sesame Seeds

These bone-building, simple, and portable healthy energy balls pack delicious flavor and a ton of health benefits. Recipe and photography created by McKel Hill, Nutrition Stripped for the California Prune Board. 

a white bowl full of Sesame Seed Energy Balls from Nutrition Stripped

Why are these healthy energy balls a great snack?

McKel’s energy balls are made with powerhouse ingredients like prunes, cashews, pumpkin seeds and tahini. They’re full of healthy nutrients to help fuel your busy day.

Healthy + Delicious

Prunes are a healthy powerhouse and provide many essential vitamins and minerals that will level up the nutritional value of any recipe! Prunes are low glycemic and loaded with fiber, polyphenols, boron, potassium, and Vitamin K which collectively can contribute to gut health, reduced inflammation, cancer prevention, blood sugar control, bone health, and reduced cholesterol!

a white bowl full of Sesame Seed Energy Balls from Nutrition Stripped

Healthy Energy Balls with Sesame Seeds

McKel Hill, Nutrition Stripped
These bone-building, simple, and portable healthy energy balls pack delicious flavor and a ton of health benefits.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine Kid Friendly, Quick & Easy
Servings 8
Calories 297 kcal


  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • 1 cup tahini
  • 1 cup prunes
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Pinch of sea salt adjust to taste
  • Garnish: Sesame seeds for coating
  • Optional for added healthy fats: ⅔ cup (50g) shredded unsweetened coconut


  • Using a food processor grind all the ingredients into a thick paste that sticks together when pressed between two fingers.
  • Place sesame seeds in a small bowl on the side. Use about 1 tablespoon of the mixture and roll into a ball using your hands. Next, roll each ball into the sesame seeds.
  • Place on a plate lined with parchment paper and put in the freezer for about 30 minutes to chill and firm.
  • Can be stored in an airtight glass container for up to 1 week.


For more snack ideas, check out our other recipes.


Calories: 297kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 8gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gMonounsaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0.003gSodium: 12mgPotassium: 383mgFiber: 3gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 191IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 2mg
Keyword energy balls, energy bites, McKel Hill, Nutrition Stripped, sesame seeds
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