I am not a chocolate lover. There, I said it. My entire life I’ve been the person in my family who turns up her nose at a piece of chocolate. It’s not that I don’t like it – I’d just rather dive into a plate of fries dunked in ketchup. When my friend Michael invited me to take a bean to bar chocolate making class at his shop, Ethereal Confections, I was skeptical the experience would change my feelings about chocolate. Let’s just say I was wrong.
We made six vegan chocolate bars in the class and received a goody bag with more chocolate to take home. Michael and his sister were so incredibly generous! I figured the loot would last a lifetime, but every piece was gone within a few weeks. Oops! Now I’m buying cacao by the truckload from the bulk section and making fun, bite-sized desserts like these Raw Cacao Energy Balls. Who am I? A chocolate liker, that’s what.
These Raw Cacao Energy Balls are brimming with nutrient-packed nuts and are naturally sweetened with dates. Not a pinch of refined sugar in these treats! I actually made them because my pantry was overflowing with bits and pieces from the bulk bin I wanted to use up. Raw almonds, walnuts, and oats make up the base of these energy balls, but you can probably use any nuts or seeds you have on hand. I imagine pepitas and pistachios would be fantastic!Print
Raw Cacao Energy Balls
- Prep Time: 15 mins
- Cook Time: 0 mins
- Total Time: 15 minutes
- Yield: 12 energy balls 1x
- Category: snacks
- Method: food processor
- Diet: Vegan
These Raw Cacao Energy Balls are brimming with nutrient-packed nuts and are naturally sweetened with dates. Not a pinch of refined sugar in these treats!
- ½ cup raw almonds
- ½ cup raw walnuts
- 1 cup old fashioned oats
- 2 Tbsp. raw cacao powder
- ¼ to ½ tsp. salt
- ¾ cup dates, chopped
- 1 to 2 Tbsp. water
- Put the almonds, walnuts, oats, cacao, and salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the nuts break down and combine with the other ingredients. The meal should be fine, but retain some texture — you don’t want to make nut butter!
- Add the dates and a tablespoon of water and run the food processor until the mixture becomes thick and sticky. You should be able to squeeze a bit of the mixture between your fingers. If it's too loose and crumbly, add another tablespoon of water and process until everything comes together.
- Line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Scoop pieces of the mixture and roll it into balls between your palms, slightly smaller than the size of a golf ball. Line them up on the baking sheet and place it in the refrigerator to chill for at least an hour, overnight if possible. Store the raw cacao energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer.
- Serving Size: 1 piece
- Calories: 87
- Sugar: 1.3 g
- Sodium: 48.6 mg
- Fat: 5.4 g
- Saturated Fat: 0.5 g
- Trans Fat: 0 g
- Carbohydrates: 7.7 g
- Fiber: 1.6 g
- Protein: 2.6 g
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: raw cacao energy balls, vegan energy ball recipe
Very good but could be addicting! ;-). I too had to add almost double the water to achieve the correct consistency. I am thinking instead of adding more water, perhaps a teensy bit of peanut butter or honey? Has anyone tried this?
This recipe for raw cacao energy balls is incredible. I've already made it a few times. I will definitely be trying more recipes off of your site. Thank you so much for such a useful resource for vegan recipes.
Loved to know if anyone tried replacing the walnuts and with what. I have a walnut allergy. I’ll play with a few ideas.
These were delicious! Great way to get walnuts and almonds into our diet. I used a cheap blender, so had to use 4 tablespoons of water as it’s not very powerful. I made sure the nuts were super fine so that my 2 year old could eat it too. Perfect way to add nuts into her diet without the stress of it being a choking hazard. I have mentioned these in next weeks YouTube video and I will be adding your link to my description box! Thankyou for sharing this easy and amazing recipe! Mumma Kat x
I followed the recipe and my mix was very dry and did not taste much of cacao. So I added a tablespoon of coconut butter, 1.5 tablespoons of almond butter, extra water and a tablespoon of raw cacao nibs. Then is came together and tasted good!
Made these this evening, swapped pecans in for walnuts as they were what I had. Popped them in the freezer already. Devine little treat, great use for the cacao too.
For a long runner like me this is a must to have, is delicious and the ingredients once well integrated makes the perfect recipe. Thank you very much Great job!
Made these this morning and having with a cup of tea now - perfect healthy treat and tastes great
Do You have a substitute for the oats? I want to make these but can't eat oats.
Still sounds delicious though!!
My perfect substitute to chocolates during my mid-afternoon slump!
So glad you liked them! Definitely worth making a double batch. 🙂
Oops I meant to give my above comment 5 stars
Thanks for the recipe Kate. These are just yummy. I used sea salt and it gave them a good kick to them. I would agree, need a little bit extra water to get them to stick a bit better. I think I’ll have to make a double batch next time as they are going very fast!
I would eat them within 5 days (refrigerator) but you could definitely freeze them and let them thaw overnight 🙂
That's great! Would love to hear what did you swap the walnuts for... 😉
I absolutely love this recipe. I did tweak it slightly but only because I'm not a huge walnut fan. I also ended up needing more water than specified to get the sticky consistency. Overall, they are a win win in my kitchen, healthy and yummy!
Just wondering how long they stay fresh in the fridge and can they be stored in the freezer?
Hi Julie! The calories are per ball. So 1 serving = 1 ball. Hope that helps!
These are delicious but looking at the nutrient breakdown is it per 1 serving (1 ball) or is the nutrient content for all 12. I’m counting calories so need to be specific thanks
Tastes like I’m eating healthy! Protein! I’d like to make them for my yoga students. Simple to pop in your mouth.
I discovered this recipe last week while searching for a delicious use for my cacao powder and these yummies did not disappoint! They are a perfect post run snack for me to replenish carbs and protein. I have already prepped a double batch for the coming week; it’s so difficult not to snack on them all the time because they are so delicious! Thank you for this recipe ❤️