Make a batch of these cocoa energy balls and store them in the freezer for an easy grab-and-go snack or lunchbox treat.
What’s to Love About These Cocoa Energy Balls?
- No-Bake: Throw ingredients into a food processor, blitz and then roll into balls. So easy the kids can do it with little supervision.
- Lunch Box Friendly: These balls are nut-free (which most school settings request) and they won’t melt, like other chocolate treats.
- Grab-and-go: Store in the freezer for whenever you are in the need for something sweet.
- Customizable: No need to follow the recipe exactly, as long as the mixture comes together to form a ball then they are good to go. Taste the mixture and adjust sweetness/texture to suit.
- DATES – Medjool dates work best. It is important that they are soft and sticky or they won’t blend properly. If you feel your dates are on the dry side, soak them in hot water for around 10 minutes to soften. You may find that you need to add a teaspoon or two of water to your ball mixture for extra moisture.
- OATS – Use rolled oats or quick oats, steel-cut oats are not suitable. You can replace with nuts if you prefer.
- COCOA – For that rich chocolate taste. Adjust the amount to suit taste. You may wish to reduce the amount depending on the age of the child.
- CINNAMON – For flavour (optional)
- VANILLA – Adds a lovely sweetness.
- COCONUT OIL – Adds moisture to help with forming into balls and improves mouthfeel. Can be replaced with coconut butter or nut butter.
How to Make (With Process Shots)
There really isn’t much to making energy balls, you just need a food processor, the ingredients and five minutes of time.
- Add all the ingredients to a food processor.
- Blitz ingredients together.
- Roll into balls.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Not recommend for babies. If you wish to offer them, as an occasional food, to toddlers reduce the amount of cocoa due to the caffeine content.
Not recommended. If you don’t have a food processor, you can try using a blender but dates can be tough for blenders due to their sticky nature. It will depend on the blender, try pulsing instead of blending.
Your dates may have been a little dry. Try adding a tsp of water, a little extra coconut oil or a couple more pitted dates (dates should be sticky/soft, or it will only cause the mixture to become more dry.)
If your dates are super fresh the mixture may be a little sticky. If this is the case just add a bit more oats.
Add the cocoa energy balls to an airtight container and store in the refrigerator for up to a week or freeze, for up to 2 months.
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Cocoa Energy Balls
Make a batch of these cocoa energy balls and store in the freezer for an easy grab-and-go snack or lunchbox treat. Easy, quick & delicious.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
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Add all the ingredients to a food processor and blitz until the mixture is combined and starts to clump together.
Scoop out 1tbsp amounts and roll into balls.
Enjoy immediately or place in an airtight container and store in the refrigerator (for up to a week) or freezer (for up to two months).
If the mixture is too dry/crumbly and doesn’t stick together when pressed between two fingers, add a tsp of water, a little extra coconut oil or a couple more pitted dates (dates should be sticky/soft, or it will only cause the mixture to become more dry.)
You may wish to reduce the cocoa level if worried about the energising effect. Reduce if serving a young child.
Nutritional information is a rough guide only, calculated using an online nutrition calculator.
Cocoa Energy Balls
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Vitamin A 16IU0%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.