A large blue bowl filled with chocolate energy balls with dates

Chocolate Energy Balls

These Chocolate Energy Bites are naturally sweetened with dates for a healthy snack. They've got lots of protein and healthy fats thanks to almonds, use only 4 ingredients (plus spices), and are incredibly easy to make! 

Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword almonds, chocolate, dates
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 20 balls
Calories 101 kcal
Author Katie Trant


  • 1/2 cup raw almonds
  • 20 Medjool dates pitted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened shredded coconut plus 1/2 cup more for rolling
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
US Customary - Metric


  1. Place the almonds into a food processor and pulse several times to break them up, then let it run for a few minutes to grind them into a fine powder. 

  2. Add the dates and vanilla, and again pulse to break the dates up, then let the processor run for 30 seconds or so. 

  3. Add coconut, cocoa, cinnamon, and salt, and pulse until well combined. The mixture should be slightly crumbly but should keep together easily when you press it together with your hands. 

  4. If the mixture is too crumbly, add a small amount of water and pulse to combine. If the mixture is too wet, add a little more coconut.

  5. Spread 1/2 cup coconut onto a plate. Scoop tablespoons of the date mixture into your hand and roll them into smooth balls. Roll the balls in the coconut, then place on a plate or sheet of parchment.
  6. Refrigerate for a couple of hours until firm.

Recipe Notes

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Energy Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 101 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 59mg2%
Potassium 222mg6%
Carbohydrates 20g7%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 35IU1%
Calcium 28mg3%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.