Peanut Butter Pretzel Date Balls

I originally published this recipe in 2014, right before running my second half marathon. When I go back and redo old pictures, I usually keep the blog post and just replace the outdated pictures. But for this recipe, the blog post didn’t apply anymore. I’ve run 12 half marathons and a full marathon since then, so I’ve learned so much about myself as a runner and a Dietitian.

Recipe for Peanut Butter Pretzel Date Balls. Pre-workout energy balls #preworkout #vegansnack #snack #fuel

What continues to make sense, though, are these Peanut Butter Pretzel Date Balls!! This quick 3-ingredient recipe is the perfect fuel for a tough workout. Why peanut butter, pretzels and dates? I’m so happy you asked!

Recipe for Peanut Butter Pretzel Date Balls. Pre-workout energy balls #preworkout #vegansnack #snack #fuel

Since carbs power you through the toughest of workouts, runners need more of ’em than the average gym-goer. Those carbs should come from something that is easy to digest and has plenty of natural sugar, like dates! Plus, a little bit of protein, like that found in peanut butter, provides long lasting energy. And the pretzels that surround these peanut butter date bites add some much needed sodium, which is a vital component of hydration.

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Recipe for Peanut Butter Pretzel Date Balls. Pre-workout energy balls #preworkout #vegansnack #snack #fuel

If all of that isn’t enough, these bad boys taste great and are super portable. In other words, you can make them ahead of time and bring them with you wherever you’re going–out of town for a race or to the office for pre-workout fuel

Recipe for Peanut Butter Pretzel Date Balls. Pre-workout energy balls #preworkout #vegansnack #snack #fuel
5 from 5 votes

Peanut Butter Pretzel Date Balls

Serving size: 2 balls

Course Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 12 balls


  • 1/3 cup pretzels
  • 1 cup pitted Medjool dates
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter


  1. Place pretzels in food processor and grind into crumbs. Set aside.
  2. Add the dates and peanut butter to the food processor and grind until crumbly.
  3. Using your hands, form the date and peanut butter mixture into small 2-3 inch balls (about the size of a ping-pong ball).
  4. Once all the balls are made, roll them in pretzel crumbs and place on a parchment paper lined baking sheet or plate.
  5. Refrigerate for about an hour.

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    Sara Pomish
    October 12, 2018 at 1:29 pm

    Sorry, did I miss where you provide the nutritional breakdown for this food?

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      Natalie Rizzo, MS, RD
      October 12, 2018 at 2:04 pm

      Hi Sara–you didn’t miss it. I’m in the process of adding nutrition info to all of my recipes. In the meantime, each of these balls has about 50 calories, 8 g of carbs, 1.5 g fat and 1 g of protein.

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    Tawnie Kroll
    December 11, 2018 at 10:59 am

    5 stars
    These we so simple and delicious! I loved having everything already in my pantry! Thank you!

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    December 11, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    5 stars
    I always have these three ingredients in my house and I cant believe I haven’t made these sooner!

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    Emily Kyle
    December 13, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    5 stars
    I can never get enough of the peanut butter and pretzel combo! These are my favorite!

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    December 14, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    5 stars
    So yummy, can’t believe there are just 3 ingredients!

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    December 16, 2018 at 9:01 pm

    5 stars
    Easiest energy ball I have ever made. And they contain all of my favorites!

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