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No Bake Chocolate Energy Balls with Dates (Video)

These quick and easy Chocolate Energy Balls with Dates are great as an easy snack, healthy sweet treat or post-workout energy booster! You only need 4 simple ingredients and 10 minutes to have these delicious energy balls ready be served! Other favorite energy bite recipes of mine are these Blackberry Coconut Bliss Balls

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Easy Chocolate 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, they are truly a great snack! I absolutely love chocolate desserts, who doesn’t right?! Anything that has plenty of chocolate has my attention, from Smores Chocolate cakes, Chocolate Pecan Pie or Butterfinger Chocolate Pie to viral TikTok Chocolate Ice Cream bread

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You only need 4 healthy ingredients to make these no bake chocolate date 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
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder

In less than 10 minutes, following my easy recipe you’ll have these chocolate date energy balls ready to be devoured.

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How to make chocolate energy balls?

TThis 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. Place almonds and the other dry ingredients into a food processor and pulse to combine. 
step by step images to show how to make enrgy balls

2. 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.

3. Once the mixture becomes sticky, form balls and roll them in chia seeds.

4. 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 roll them in 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 or almond butter (just some great healthy fats to add for best results) 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 🙂

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How to store chocolate power balls?

I like these healthy energy balls fresh and I tend to do only one batch at the time. I store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week. If you are planning to do a double batch, you can always freeze them for up to 3 months. The safer way to freeze them will be to first place them on a baking sheet (this way they will not stick together in a freezer bag) and put them in the freezer for 10-15 minutes, and only after that, transfer them to a freezer bag.

Variations on chocolate energy bites

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 fruits, even unsweetened coconut flakes

Feel free to add in any of the delicious mix-in’s from below to make a bliss ball recipe your own!

  • Hemp seeds
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Pumpkin seeds
  • Rolled oats
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More Energy Bites Recipes for you to try!

Yield: 10

Chocolate 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
Cooling Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes


  • 8.5 oz/ 250g Dates (Medjool)
  • 5 oz/ 140g Raw Almonds
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 oz/ 85g Chia Seeds


  1. Place the almonds in to the food processor and pulse until they are coarsely chopped.
  2. Add the rest of the dry 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 and then in chia seeds.
  6. 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 coconut oil or almond butter will do the trick too)

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 199Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 7gSugar: 16gProtein: 5g
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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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