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No Bake Chocolate and Dates Energy Balls (Video)

These healthy Chocolate and Dates Energy Balls are great as a regular snack, healthy sweet treat or post-workout energy booster! You only need 4 ingredients and 10 minutes to have these chocolate bliss balls ready be served! Another favorite healthy snack recipe of mine are these Blackberry Coconut Bliss Balls

cacao dates and chia seeds energy balls

Easy Chocolate and Dates Energy Balls Recipe

No bake energy balls are one of my favorite snacks! Why?

  • They are sweet, first of all, without having to worry about refined sugar. You just grab a couple of these energy bites and satisfy your sweet tooth cravings. No
  • They are healthy, loaded with “super foods” to make them extra nutritious! 
  • They are quite perfect when it comes to various diets: vegan, kept  dairy-free, paleo and gluten free too.

I absolutely love these chocolate bliss balls!

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You only need 4 ingredients to make these no bake chocolate and dates energy balls:

  • Dates – Use fresh Medjool dates if possible, as they contain enough moisture to create the perfect consistency to roll the bliss balls. You need to remove the pit before adding it to the food processor.
  • Raw Almonds
  • Chia Seeds
  • Cacao Powder

In less than 10 minutes you’ll have these energy balls ready to be devoured.


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How to make chocolate, dates and chia seeds energy balls?

This is probably one of the easiest recipes you’ll find for a healthy snack! Have attached some step by step photos to show you how easy is to make energy balls and also a video too

  1. You just add ingredients into a food processor and pulse to combine. 

step by step images to show how to make enrgy balls 

  1. If your mixture is quite dried (an happen if your dates are quite dry) and does not stick together, add 1 teaspoon of water at a time while processing the ingredients.
  2. Once the mixture becomes sticky, form balls and roll them in chia seeds.
  3. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

step by step images on how to make energy balls


Once the mixture has been rolled into balls, they will not stick to your hands and you can leave them uncoated (if that’s how you prefer them) Alternatively, you can coat them with chia seeds or even coconut flakes or with freeze-dried fruit powder.


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My dates were quite dry, so I had to add a bit of water too, as you can see in my video! You can add a bit of coconut oil if you prefer

You will also notice that my raw energy balls are covered in white chia seeds 🙂

I am trying to make them looking like having sesame seeds, as my daughter really likes them and I am hoping she will give them a try this way 🙂

Raw cacao chia balls

Can I change ingredients for chocolate bliss balls?

Of course you can! You can substitute some of the ingredients with some other preferred ones. For example, you can substitute raw almonds with cashews, hazelnuts, walnuts or even pecans.

Even more, if you don’t want chocolate energy balls, you can leave out the cocoa powder altogether and add berries or other dried fruit, even shredded coconut.

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More Raw Desserts Recipes for you to try!


Yield: 6

Chocolate and Dates Energy Balls

Raw cacao chia balls

Easy no bake chocolate and dates energy balls covered in chia seeds recipe ready in less than 10 minutes with only 4 ingredients

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 8.5 oz Dates (Medjool)
  • 2 oz Raw Almonds
  • 3 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 3 oz Chia Seeds


  1. Add the almonds in to the food processor and pulse until they are coarsely chopped.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients in to the processor and mix on low speed for about 2 minutes (stop to scrape down sides if needed) until the ingredients come together to form a "dough".
  3. If needed you can add a little water, a teaspoon at a time to get a dough like consistency. (See notes)
  4. Turn out the sticky "dough" in to a bowl.
  5. Roll the "dough" in to small balls.
  6. You can re-roll these in cacao powder if you like.
  7. Store in an airtight container, in the fridge.


The ingredients need to be processed for at least 2 minutes. It will be a dry mix at first but will slowly start to stick together to form a dough. You can check it by taking a little of the mix in to your hand and squeezing it. If it holds or sticks together then it's ready. If it is already finely chopped but not holding together - add a little water while processing.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 251Total Fat 10gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 0mgSodium 3mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 10gSugar 26gProtein 6g

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Rachel @ Simple Seasonal

Wednesday 22nd of July 2015

Such pretty photos!

Adore Foods

Thursday 23rd of July 2015

Thank you so much Rachel!

Giramuk's Kitchen

Tuesday 31st of March 2015

I don't know how I missed this! I had no idea it was already on the blog... Wow!! :D Those look amazing! those photographs are stunning... and I love that you used white chia seeds - definitely looks striking. I am so happy that you liked the recipe too :)


Wednesday 18th of March 2015

Gorgeous presentation! The desserts look so adorable in the nest. Never had raw desserts before. This is so simple and easy. Great healthy sweet treat for sure.

Pang @ circahappy

Wednesday 18th of March 2015

OMG!!! Your photos are SUPER GORGEOUS!!!! I am not a big fan of raw dessert, but if you said it tasted good, then I believe you :)


Wednesday 18th of March 2015

I just bought a bag of chia! I was convinced by a friend of mine to try it - and now I know the first recipe I'm going to try with them!

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