Nutty Chocolate Energy Balls Recipe

Energy balls are extremely popular at the moment in the health and fitness world, and for good reason. Not only are they the perfect pre- or post-workout snack, they're also a convenient way to give yourself a quick energy boost between meals or just whenever you need a little pick-me-up.

However, buying them in the shops can be expensive. Deliciously Ella's energy bites, for instance, retail at £1.99 each and Bounce Balls cost around £1.89 per ball - so it's a lot more cost effective to make your own.

This energy ball recipe is high in protein, healthy fats and quick-release carbs as well as being vegan, gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free. Oh, and it takes about 2-3 minutes to make. Pretty much everyone can enjoy these balls (except nut allergy sufferers) so why not give 'em a go?

Nutty Chocolate Energy Balls

You will need:

50g (1/2 cup) almonds
25g (1/4 cup) walnuts
25g (1/4 cup) cashew nuts
200g medjool dates
1 tbsp raw cacao powder
1 tbsp peanut butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
Desiccated coconut (optional)


1. Put the almonds, walnuts and cashews into a food processor and blend for 1 minute until the nuts have turned to crumbs.

2. Meanwhile, remove the stones from the dates.

3. Add the dates, cacao, peanut butter and coconut oil to the food processor and blend for another minute until a sticky dough forms.

4. With your hands, roll the mixture into 12 small balls, each about the size of a golf ball.

5. Roll half the balls in desiccated coconut (if you want to) and store in the fridge until you're ready to eat them.

Do you have a favourite energy balls recipe? Let me know in the comments!

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  1. These look really good. I used to make a similar type of energy bar except I'd just blend together walnuts/cashews cacao powder, dates and some organic peppermint oil. So basically they tasted like choc mint bars! :)

    Julia // The Sunday Mode

    1. They sound amazing, Julia - definitely trying that! Thanks for commenting :)

  2. I love energy balls and I buy them sometimes when they are on offer but you are right, they are quite expensive and it's better to make your own. I will definitely start making them myself once I buy myself a new food processor! Your recipe sounds great!

    1. Thanks Petra, my husband actually came up with this one! We love energy balls and do buy them sometimes but find it so much cheaper to make our own x

  3. These sound good! I've never been a cashew person, but I'll definitely have to try it! I have vegan plant based protein powder I'll probably add, plus I use the Thrive line(definitely not advertising, simply telling you what I use) so I'll be able to add a little more. I'm looking for ways to increase the calories for my kids but healthfully, so this may be a good idea for them! I think with recipes like this it's fun to experiment a bit with the ingredients to find what works best. You are right though...they're hideously expensive at the grocers!

    1. It's definitely good to experiment - there are so many different ways to make energy balls. I have a really good vegan protein powder from a brand called Scitec Nutrition which I may add to the recipe next time!


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