Sometimes you just need to cave to your chocolate craving. But you don’t have to resort to a candy bar or a handful of chocolate chips, though, if you keep some of these Chocolate Energy Bites in the freezer.
These bites are sweet, chocolaty and nutty. The recipe is a no-bake, no fuss, 6-ingredient, 10-minute dealio and in the food processor they come together in one bowl lickity-split.
Ingredients For Chocolate Energy Bites
These energy bites are made from all whole food plant-based ingredients:
- Dried dates (I used dried medjool dates)
- raw almonds, ground
- cacao powder or cocoa powder (I used cacao powder and love this brand)
- almond butter
- hemp seeds (also known as hemp seed meal or hemp hearts) (I love this brand of hemp hearts)
Are These Chocolate Energy Bites Healthy?
The first time you down one of these tasty bites your brain will start dumping all the guilts on you. Have no fear — these are healthy compared to other quick chocolate snacks you might grab instead. These chocolate energy bites contain about 150 calories each and 9 grams of fat. A fun-size peanut butter cup has about 220 calories, 13 grams of fat, and is made with corn syrup — highly processed sugar that results in energy spikes and slumps so hard on our bodies.
Dates are natural sugars — carbohydrates, yes, but they are full of fiber and therefore these carbs burn slowly and won’t spike your blood sugar like white sugar. Dates contain more potassium than bananas! They also contain magnesium, potassium, calcium and vitamin K.
Almonds provide the fat here, but it’s monounsaturated fat (a good fat) and since we are using the whole nut here, we get the protein and fiber as well. Almonds have substantial amounts of vitamin E as well as the nutrient choline, which is important for your nervous system, memory and muscle movement.
Cacao Powder contains fat, but it also contains good amounts of the important mineral iron. In addition to building blood cells, iron is also needed in your body’s ability to produce certain hormones. An iron deficiency, left untreated, can result in anemia — a condition that results in less oxygen-carrying red blood cells, resulting in fatigue.
Hemp Seeds, also known as hulled hemp seeds, hemp hearts or hemp meal, contains significant amounts of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, potassium, and folate. By weight, hemp seeds have more protein than either chia seeds or flaxseed meal.
Nearly Endless Options for Substitutions and Additions
Rolling these little chocolate energy bites in coconut or cocoa powder, or dark chocolate chips makes for a beautiful ball.
But you can also substitute ingredients in a multitude of ways.
No dates? Substitute with another dried fruit, maple syrup or agave nectar.
No almonds? Use walnuts or peanuts. Or you can use a mixture of nuts and rolled oats.
No cocoa powder? Use peanuts and peanut butter and skip the cocoa.
Adding unsweetened shredded coconut to replace some of the nuts results in a tasty treat!
Get creative! Add cinnamon or cloves for spice. Combining a slow-burning sweetener with whole food plant-based nuts, seeds or oats, and you have the base for the energy balls of your dreams!
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These chocolate almond energy bites come together quickly in a food processor. Sweetened with dates and packed with nut protein, they are just right when a snack attack hits!
- Add dried dates to the food processor with the “s” chopper blade. Process until mostly smooth. Remove dates to a bowl.
- Process almonds in the food processor until it looks like a coarse flour.
- With the almonds still in the food processor, add the cocoa powder, hemp seeds and almond butter. Process until just combined.
- Add the dates and salt back to the food processor and process until the mixture resembles a moist and thick dough.
- Remove mixture from the processor and refrigerate covered for 15 minutes or so.
- Use an ice cream or cookie dough scoop to measure about 2 tablespoons of dough. Roll into a ball. Repeat until all the dough is used. It should make about 16 chocolate energy bites.
- Roll in cocoa powder, coconut, hemp seeds, or finely chopped nuts if desired.
- Refrigerate any not eaten the same day.
These freeze beautifully!
The nutritional information is for chocolate energy bites without any of the optional roll-ins.
- Category: Snacks
- Method: Ish
Keywords: chocolate, ish
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