I’ve been blogging for a long time you guys. This post is originally from 2011. That’s right, I have been making these energy bites a.k.a. date and nut balls, raw chocolate truffles, raw brownie bites, or whatever you want to call them, for over 6 years. So, you’ll trust me when I tell you that this recipe is a good one, right?! They’re made with ingredients that are all really good for you yet, they taste like a real treat. We snack on one or two in the afternoons or after lunch for a sweet bite. Here’s my original post from 2011 (new photos!)
I love visiting a friend I haven’t seen in a while and exchanging all of the rich details of our lives that we’ve missed out on recently. This usually includes our latest recipes. On a recent trip to Austin, I visited Christina, a friend from high school days. We recalled memories of old cars, getting in trouble with the cops (yes, I did have a little rebellious streak in me once upon a time), new jobs, new friends, and, as always, food.
We exchanged lots of fun ideas for eating healthy. She keeps lots of cut up (ready-to-eat) raw veggies in her fridge along with some spinach dip for a easy healthy snack. For the sweet cravings that we all have, she makes these little magical date and chocoate balls. Her recipe inspired this post.
Josh and I first made these together and all the batter that survived my husbands scavenging was then rolled in rich cocoa powder, resulting in beautiful truffle-like delicacies.
The recipe is simple, but you do need a food processor. If you don’t have one, find a friend that does because they are worth it. Also, Christina recommends using Medjool Dates, because they are less dry. You can find Medjool Dates locally at any health food store or in the bulk isle of most grocery stores. If you need a sweet treat like I do but don’t want to go for the cookie or brownie mid-day, these are for you!
More Energy Bite & Granola Bar Recipes:
Chocolate Almond Date Energy Bites
Try these Chocolate, Almond, and Date Energy Bites for a healthy chocolate snack.
- 1 cup of almonds (walnuts work well too)
- 1 1/2 cups medjool dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
- 2 tbsp or more of cocoa powder or cacao powder (plus more for finishing)
- a pinch or two of sea salt
- 1 tablespoon agave (to bind the mixture)
- shake of cinnamon (optional)
- 1/8 tsp fresh ground ginger (optional)
- Remove the pits and coarsely chop your dates. In your food processor, process the almonds until they are a coarse-like powder. Add cocoa powder, salt, cinnamon, and ginger. Add the chopped dates and process until everything is finely chopped. Gradually add agave nectar until the mixture is sticky enough to clump together or until it starts to form a ball in the food processor. Form little balls out of your mixture, then roll in a small bowl of cocoa powder (optional). This step just makes the balls have a more polished look to them. These can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or frozen. Place in a well sealed container and pull out for a healthy sweet snack!
You can sub walnuts for almonds and you can choose to finish the bites by rolling them in cocoa powder or just leave them without a chocolate exterior.
Tips: You can also choose not to roll the bites in cocoa powder at the end which saves some time and effort, and makes for less chocolate-y fingers when consuming them. And to speed up the rolling-out step a friend of mine suggested using silicon baking cups so you just spoon out the dough into the mini baking cups then refrigerate. You can then pop them out and put them in an air tight container to store them. See photos below for details.