Chocolate Brownie Energy Balls
These little energy balls are super satisfying!
Try making them using different nut butters such as cashew butter, almond butter, or peanut butter.
No-bake, and just 10 minutes hands-on time to make! This is a fun recipe to make with the kids.
Perfect for a quick snack or after workout boost!
EXCELLENT nutrient-packed treat for children and growing teenagers (so long as they don’t have any nut allergies – and if they do, then try using Sunbutter)
Cashew butter gives these energy balls such a creamy decadent flavor and texture. Almost like bakery style brownies! I sprinkled this batch with cacao after rolling into balls – SO GOOD!
Chocolate Brownie Energy Balls won’t last long at your house so heads up – double up your batch!
Nut butter naturally contains healthy fat, protein, and antioxidants. So besides being an EXCELLENT healthy snack choice, this combination actually helps to manage cravings and with feeling satisfied.
2 protein energy bites or balls each day as a snack is a perfect serving. I love having these on hand as my before or after workout fuel.
When shopping for ingredients:
Your nut butter should really be nothing but nuts, and maybe sea salt. Steer clear of added oils and/or added sugar if possible.
Cacoa vs. Cocoa
Although they are both completely interchangeable in recipes, they are each processed differently.
Cacao is the purest form of chocolate. It’s an excellent source of antioxidants and has a high amount of flavonoids. Cacao is higher in protein, fiber, magnesium and iron than its cousin cocoa.
If all you have on hand is cocoa powder, then that’s fine to use.
When you have a choice at the grocery store, reach for the lesser processed raw cacao to take advantage of its awesome health benefits in all of your homemade treats!
Makes about 24 balls, 2 balls is a serving
- 1/2 cup old fashioned rolled oats
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1 cup pitted medjool dates
- 1 cup black beans, drained and rinsed well
- 4 Tbsps raw cacao
- 2 Tbsps cashew butter, peanut butter, or almond butter
- 2 scoops chocolate or vanilla protein powder
- a tiny pinch of sea salt
Optional: extra cacao powder to coat the balls
In a food processor, process your oats into a fine powder.
Add in coconut flour, dates, beans, cacao, nut butter, protein powder and sea salt.
Process until a soft dough forms.
Using your clean hands, roll the dough into small balls, about 1 Tablespoon per ball.
Lightly coat the balls in cacoa powder, if desired.
Place the balls onto a plate and refrigerate for 30 minutes to set.
Serve and enjoy!
You can store the balls in an air-tight container in your fridge for up to 7 days.
They also freeze well.