Chocolate No-Bake Energy Balls

Imagine enjoying these brownie-like Chocolate No Bake Energy Balls made with fewer than 10 ingredients! These healthy cookie-like energy bites are made with heart-healthy oats, coconut, Omega-3 rich walnuts and ground flax seeds, and, of course, cocoa powder.

Chocolate energy balls are grouped together with more in a bowl behind them.

I started making energy bites about four years ago, after my first Chopped Conference here in KC. We brought in local chefs to prepare delicious food for our attendees, and one of them brought energy bites. I had never heard of them before, but because I was SO busy getting the conference ready I hadn’t really eaten much that day.

Every time I walked by his table I grabbed an energy bite or two. Sure enough, they gave me lots of energy!

Are Energy Bites Healthy?

Energy bites are made with a lot of nutritious ingredients combined in a food processor and pulsed until a dough forms. Some common ingredients include walnuts, ground flax seeds, cocoa powder, dates, and more to create some super healthy energy balls!

Oatmeal, dates, and walnuts in a food processor bowl.
Oatmeal, dates, and walnuts in a food processor.

Key Ingredients

These no bake energy balls use a minimal number of ingredients. But they’re carefully selected to deliver the best healthy benefit per bite! Here’s the entire list of ingredients:

  • oatmeal —I used old fashioned, or rolled oats
  • medjool dates — be sure to take the pits out
  • cocoa powder
  • walnuts
  • ground flax seeds
  • coconut — this is optional
  • vanilla extract
  • dairy-free chocolate chips — another optional ingredient, but highly recommended.

That’s it!

You’re eight ingredients away from these delicious little morsels!

Other ingredients, like coconut flakes, are added to the pulsed energy bite batter.
Add other ingredients, like cocoa powder and coconut flakes to make these no bake energy balls!

How to Make Energy Balls

First, you’ll put the oatmeal and walnuts in a food processor. I like to pulse these two together to create a course meal. Sort of like the texture of course sand.

Then, you’ll add the dates and remaining ingredients and pulse until everything is broken down and the mixture forms a ball in the food processor.

Because dates vary in size, you may want to add a few more dates.

My rule of thumb is, if you can grab a spoonful and squeeze it in your hand it stays together, you’re good to go. But if it’s still crumbly, you’ll want to add another date or two or a tablespoon of agar nectar if you’re out of dates. Then pulse that for a few more seconds to combine.

A cookie dough scoop is used to create energy bites. Finished bites are on a small cutting board.
Use a cookie dough scoop to create perfectly sized energy bites!

It helps to use a cookie dough scooper to create equally sized chocolate no bake energy balls.

Energy Bites as Gifts

I packaged some of these energy balls up and gave them as a gift to a new neighbor I met recently. I think they make a perfect edible gift because they’re so healthy, but also really delicious.

These chocolate no bake energy balls are teaming with healthy ingredients and loved by all! They taste like brownie bites, to be completely honest!

No Bake Energy Balls piled high in a white bowl, with raw almonds scattered around.

What I love About Chocolate No Bake Energy Balls

If you’re trying to break the refined sugar habit (and who isn’t these days!), these no bake energy balls are the best!

Why do I love them? Let me count the ways:

  • They’re made with dates which add nutritious sweetness
  • I used lots of walnuts, adding omega-3s to the list of reasons why these are so healthy
  • Energy balls are just rich enough that you won’t overindulge
  • They’re oh-so-easy to make
  • Perfect for a pre or post workout snack
  • I love to have one after lunch every day to make sure I’m getting my Omega-3s and to quench my sweet tooth’s thirst for something chocolate!

I’ll make a batch or two of these energy balls and keep them either in the fridge or in a sealed container on the counter. We nibble on them throughout the week, some days eating more than others!

A close-up of chocolate no bake energy balls in a white bowl.
You can add extra chocolate chips when rolling these energy balls.

Energy Bites with Dates

You have options for how you sweeten your energy bites. I love using dates because they’re so nutritious and sweet! Also, dates add the stickiness you need to keep the energy bites sticking together

Of course you have options to sweeten your energy balls. Here are some alternative sweeteners you can use:

When it comes to these sweeteners, start with 3 tablespoons, then taste, and add additional if needed depending on your taste for sweetness and the stickiness of the dough. That’s because the syrup adds both sweetness and stickiness so you’ll need enough to hold the energy bites together.

A hand reaches in and grabs an energy ball from the top of the pile.

I have tried using bananas to make energy bites sweet, but they haven’t worked as well for me. 

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I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

A close-up of chocolate no bake energy balls in a white bowl.

Chocolate No Bake Energy Balls

These Chocolate No Bake Energy Balls may taste like brownies, but they deliver the punch of some healthy, delicious ingredients, like dates, walnuts, and ground flax seeds.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate No Bake Energy Balls
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 20
Calories: 94kcal
Author: Namely Marly

Ingredients

  • ½ cup oatmeal uncooked
  • 1 cup walnuts , whole
  • 1 cup medjool dates , seeds removed
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup coconut flakes , unsweetened
  • ¼ cup ground flax seeds
  • ¼ cup dairy-free chocolate chips

Instructions

  • Place everything except the chocolate chips in a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds and push down the ingredients and pulse again until the ingredients are combined.
  • Add the chocolate chips and give it one more very quick pulse to combine. I like to reserve a few chocolate chips to roll the finished energy bites to make them look irresistible.
  • Roll the dough into bite-size balls, roll in extra chocolate chips if you’d like (and who doesn’t?), and then store in the fridge. Allow the energy bites some time to chill in the fridge for about 5-10 minutes before serving to allow them to firm up or eat them in their ooey gooey room temperature state.

Notes

I use about 8 – 10 medjool dates in this recipe.
I minimized the use of ground flax seed in this recipe because the walnuts are providing some of the Omega-3s too.
If you don’t have any dates, you can substitute 1/2 cup agave nectar or maple syrup.
Nutrition Facts
Chocolate No Bake Energy Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories 94 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 1mg0%
Potassium 118mg3%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 10IU0%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 0.7mg4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

Enjoy!

I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!

If you’re loving these energy bites and want to try some different varieties, be sure and check out these Coconut Lemon Energy Bites from Jessica in the Kitchen. They’re almost too pretty to eat!

I think I could find a way, though!

Sugar Cookie Energy Bites

I’m so in love with these sugar cookie energy bites! They really taste like sugar cookies, but without the sugar high. I know, I know. That might sound a little sad, but the energy bite high is better!

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