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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 101kcal


  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • 20 Medjool dates pitted
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cup unsweetened shredded coconut plus ½ cup more for rolling
  • cup cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt


  • 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. 
  • Add the dates and vanilla, and again pulse to break the dates up, then let the processor run for 30 seconds or so. 
  • 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. 
  • 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.
  • Spread ½ 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.
  • Refrigerate for a couple of hours until firm.


  • Nutrition values are an estimate only


Calories: 101kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 59mg | Potassium: 222mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 0.6mg