Vitamin Dee: Recipes for Life & Lifting – Cacao Energy Balls


-8 Medjool dates, pitted

-1 cup (100g) ground almonds

-2 tbsp. ground flaxseeds

-2 tbsp. chia seeds

-2 tbsp. sunflower seeds

-2 tbsp. cacao nibs

-4 tbsp. desiccated coconut, unsweetened


1.) Place the dates into a bowl and cover with boiling water. Set aside to soften for 5 minutes, then drain and place in a food processor with 2 tablespoons of the warm water. Blitz to a smooth puree.

2.) Transfer the date puree into a bowl and add all the remaining ingredients, except the desiccated coconut. Mix until well combined.

3.) Using wet hands, roll the mixture into 12 walnut- sized balls. Next roll the balls in the desiccated coconut to coat each ball.

4.) Store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

Danielle D. Trainer at Prime Intensity Training


Personal Trainer/Nutritionist

Bachelor’s of Science–Nutrition and DieteticsIndiana University of Pennsylvania–2008
Associate’s in Applied Science–Health and FitnessMontgomery County Community College–2013

  • NETA
  • Group FitnessACE
  • Fitness Nutrition Specialist
  • AEA
  • Aquatics FItnessBarre Instructor

Why you love fitness/PIT:

Danielle has been a Personal Trainer and Nutritionist since 2013. She started working at a YMCA in Pittsburgh, Pa, until she moved back to the Philadelphia area in 2014 (Philly is home!) Since then, she has taught a variety of different fitness classes and absorbed numerous hours of personal training experience since then. She has completed numerous 5ks, 10ks and the Tough Mudder in 2013. She has also been coaching and teaching nutrition clients for the past five years, teaching them the “why’ food is important, how food works, and how to properly prepare meals to keep accountable during the busy week.

Nutrition has always been an important part of her fitness goals, as well as for her clients. She believes ‘sustainable’ nutrition for the long run will continue to push your fitness goals forward for years to come–there is no quick fix to achieve goals. It is about consistency and hard work; no matter how much you work in the gym, it is impossible to get to where you want to be without proper nutrition to accompany the gym. You can still enjoy what you like, just everything in moderation! There are no ‘diets’ with Danielle. Just consistent meals paired with a badass fitness routine.