These little bites of chocolatey goodness are one of my favourite healthy snacks. They are completely raw and contain so much goodness in every single bite, not to mention that they are absolutely delicious too! Filled with nuts, chia seeds, dates, raw cacao, maca and coconut oil you will get the best plant protein and healthy fats that your body needs! I always have a big batch of energy balls (try my date balls too) in the fridge as they are the perfect snack for anytime of the day. I sometimes have mine with my morning smoothie, cut up and added to granola, as an afternoon pick me up or after dinner when my sweet tooth needs a little bit of satisfying! These chocolate energy bites (vegan & paleo) will keep you energized all day, feeling incredible, healthy and glowing from the inside out!
If you are anything like me and you love chocolate then these are the snack for you! The raw cacao gives such a deep and delicious chocolate flavour and it also adds the most incredible antioxidant boost that you will ever get! Raw cacao has more antioxidants than green tea and fruit, it is one of the richest sources of antioxidants in the world. So now you can get your chocolate fix without any guilt! The almonds, chia seeds and pecan nuts give you an excellent amount of protein, healthy fats, calcium, fibre and also a delicious nutty flavour. I love adding coconut oil to my energy balls as it helps to give a creamy texture, binds the ingredients together and also boosts the health benefits substantially! Coconut oil actually boosts your metabolism, prevent diabetes and reduces your risk of obesity! It’s anti-bacterial properties help your body function optimally and boosts your immunity. I love it!
If you haven’t heard of maca, it is an incredible food to add to your daily lifestyle! Maca helps to increase your energy levels, stamina, memory and sexual function. It also helps to prevent depression and cancer. I love adding the maca powder to my smoothies and energy balls as it doesn’t give much flavour but it is so incredibly good for you that I try to have it everyday. All of these ingredients go so well together, it’s really quick and easy to make and there’s hardly any washing up to do!
Chocolate Energy Bites
Makes 25-30 balls, depending on size
1/2 cup almonds
1/2 cup pecan nuts
2 Tbsp chia seeds
1/2 cup coconut
1 1/2 Tbsp raw cacao
2 tsp maca powder
1/4 cup oats
2 tsp coconut oil
1 1/2 Tbsp almond butter (or any nut butter)
1 1/2 cups dates (pitted)
2 tsp honey or agave
Simply throw all of the ingredients into a food processor. Pulse a few times to get everything mixing together and then blend it until all of the ingredients are combined and a sticky consistency is formed.
scoop out some of the mixture and roll it into balls. I like to use a tablespoon to scoop the mixture out, so that they are all the same size. Then roll it in coconut or cacao.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 weeks (if you don’t eat them all by then).