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5 Ingredient Chocolate Almond Energy Balls

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This vegan chocolate almond energy ball recipe comes together in less than 10 minutes, with just 5 simple ingredients. Great on-the-go snack!

5-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Energy Balls – The Fitchen

After an unexpected trip to the doctor on Saturday night and another trip yesterday to get my pinky popped back into place, I wasn’t in the best of moods. In addition to that super-fun experience, I came down with a pesky headcold that Clark was kind enough to pass along to me. Needless to say, cooking was the last thing I wanted to do.

But we had ingredients and ideas and time, and no recipes ready to post [!!!], so into the kitchen we went. At no point did I turn on the oven, heat a skillet, or boil water. And yet I got these “heavenly nut brownie balls”  – my dad’s thoughts on them – out of the deal. I think a happy dance is in order.

5-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Energy Balls – The Fitchen

5-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Energy Balls – The Fitchen

5-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Energy Balls – The Fitchen

5-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Energy Balls – The Fitchen

Since my pinky was taped to my ring finger and happily starting to heal, Clark got the honor of rolling these into bite-sized nuggets. Can we give the guy a round of applause? They’re so cute! For me, they’re a two-bite snack and for him, they’re a one-and-done kind of thing.

Either way, I love having snacks like this around the house. They take care of cravings for things like brownies and cookies and entire chocolate bars because they’re basically all of those things combined.

They remind me of sticky brownie dough balls with crunchy cashews tucked inside and a salty almond coating to top it all off. Sweet, salty, chocolatey, and healthy – what more could you ask for?

5-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Energy Balls – The Fitchen

5-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Energy Balls – The Fitchen

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5-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Energy Balls

5-Ingredient Chocolate Almond Energy Balls – The Fitchen

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  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 12

Ingredients

  • 1 cups medjool dates, pitted
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 cup almond flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla coconut milk (carton, not canned)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt (optional)
  • 1/4 cup almond flour or almond meal (for coating)

Instructions

  1. Add dates to a food processor and blend until they become smooth and stick together in a large mass. Empty the dates into a large bowl.
  2. Add cocoa powder and use your hands to work it into the dates. Add coconut milk and continue mixing. Lastly, add 1 cup almond flour and sea salt and continue kneading until combined.
  3. Roll the cocoa-date-nut mixture into small balls about 1-inch in diameter. Then roll each in the almond meal and set aside. Enjoy immediately or store in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.

 

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27 Comments
  • Christina
    August 7, 2017

    Where in the recipe does it say to add cashews?????? Because the comments ask about cashews and I don’t see it anywhere in the recipe…. Thanks!!

  • Denise
    July 30, 2017

    oh yummy, these would make excellent wedding favours too!

    • thefitchen
      August 14, 2017

      That’s a good idea! Guests would love these!

  • Christine
    June 13, 2017

    Where is the recipe???? (I scrolled through the whole thing and couldn’t see anything.

    • thefitchen
      June 19, 2017

      Sorry for the inconvenience! Something went awry with my recipe program but it is functioning now.

  • PEter
    June 13, 2017

    Hi
    I can’t seem to see the recipe for these chocolate balls that look amazing….

  • Gib
    February 28, 2017

    I tried this recipe yesterday. It was really good! Only used 10 dates as I don’t like it too sweet and add 2 tablespoons of chia seeds! Thank you!

  • Milan
    October 5, 2016

    Thank you!

  • Milan
    October 4, 2016

    Hello there

    So is the nutritional info for 12 energry balls or for a single energy ball?

    • thefitchen
      October 4, 2016

      Hi there! The info is for 1 ball. They are pretty big and quite filling. :)

  • Megan W
    January 22, 2016

    Ma’am,
    What can I substitute for coconut if I’m allergic to it?

    • thefitchen
      January 22, 2016

      Hi Megan –

      You can substitute any other kind of milk for coconut milk. Almond, soy, hemp, oat, cashew, flax, or even dairy milk will work fine!

  • Carmen
    December 29, 2015

    Hi, would the dates have to be soaked if they aren’t soft? And could I substitute regular milk for the coconut milk? Thanks

    • thefitchen
      January 4, 2016

      Hi Carmen – Soaking the dates would be perfectly fine. Just don’t forget to remove the pits! Yes, regular milk can be subbed. :)

  • Jemm
    October 29, 2015

    Hi! Can you substitute raw cashews with roasted ones? I can’t seem to find the raw ones from where I’m from. Thanks in advance! :)

    • thefitchen
      October 30, 2015

      Hi Jemm –

      That shouldn’t be a problem in this recipe! Thanks for the question.

  • Rebecca
    March 31, 2015

    Instead of cashews, could one possibly use raw walnuts instead?? My little sister is allergic to cashews and I can’t imagine teasing her with these delicious looking morsels!!! :))

    • thefitchen
      April 2, 2015

      Hi Rebecca –

      You could absolutely sub walnuts for cashews! Your sister will love them. :)

  • Cat
    March 31, 2015

    I’m allergic to cashews (I know, sad day, right?), any suggestions on a substitute?

    • thefitchen
      March 31, 2015

      Hi Cat –

      That’s so sad! You could definitely sub in another nut like almonds, pecans, or walnuts. The flavor won’t be quite the same, but it’ll get you close!

  • Karen B
    March 30, 2015

    If using almond meal instead of almonds, still 1/4 cup? I would imagine less then?

    • thefitchen
      March 31, 2015

      Hi Karen –

      Either way, you’ll just need about 1/4 cup of almond meal to roll the balls in. I clarified the ingredients a bit because I think it was unclear. If using whole almonds, they would be crushed to make meal. If using meal, you would need about 1/4 cup to coat the energy balls. Hope that makes sense – sorry for any confusion!

  • Susan
    March 30, 2015

    Nutrition information (to the right of recipe) says 12 servings.

  • Holly Christensen
    March 30, 2015

    Hi guys! How many energy balls per serving?

    • thefitchen
      March 31, 2015

      Hi Holly –

      Thanks for the question! Each serving is 1 energy ball. The recipe itself makes about 12.

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