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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

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Naturally sweet, loaded with energy, these vegan chocolate peanut butter energy balls are delicious, healthy and perfect for an after-school snack, or whenever you’re needing a bit of a “pick-me-up” to your day. They are the perfect grab and go treat for any busy family.

Delicious Energy Balls Coated with Cocoa Powder on a Plate  

Is there such a thing as a guilt-free treat that can help you burn fat, kill viruses, and at the same time give you the ultimate energy boost? Packed with super food goodness, these no bake energy balls are the king of treats that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

The best thing about these coconut energy balls is that they are vegan and gluten-free and incredibly quick to make. Only a few staple ingredients are required, and the great thing is that you probably already have them in your cupboard!

If you’re out of luck and missing something, you can easily customize this recipe with the ingredients you have on hand. These vegan energy balls would also be perfect for your next picnic paired up with my equally delicious, quick to make and not to mention wonderfully healthy Roasted Beetroot Hummus.

Vegan Energy Balls on a Plate

What are Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls Made Of?

Look no further for the perfect healthy energy balls recipe, because this one is packed with some amazing, yummy ingredients. Here are some of the benefits of the key ingredients: Medjool Dates are known as the “the king of fruits and the fruit of kings”.

  • They are an excellent substitute for sugar in baking as they are just as sweet but have fewer calories.
  • They are full of healthy fiber (12% of the daily requirement!) which enables them to promote digestive health and help prevent cardiovascular disease.
  • By weight, they contain 50% more potassium than bananas.
  • According to USDA, medjool dates are full of energy and are rich in key minerals including: potassium, manganese, copper, B family vitamins, vitamin A, magnesium, and calcium.

Coconut Flour is gluten- free, though it looks and feels similar to flours made from grains like wheat. This makes it a great base for coconut protein balls.

  • It’s mild in taste, making it a great alternative to traditional wheat flour.
  • It’s very rich in fiber.

Coconut Oil is a super food high in healthy saturated fats.

  • Medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) are the fats in coconut oil that can boost fat burning and provide your body and brain with quick energy.
  • It contains lauric acid and monolaurin which can kill harmful pathogens, including bacteria, viruses and fungi.
  • The fatty acids that are in coconut oil can actually reduce your hunger. There was a smaller study done with a group of men. They ate more MCTs but ended up eating less calories per day.

All these amazing ingredients just add to how great chocolate peanut butter energy balls are. They’re delightfully smooth because they don’t contain any oats compared to many other no bake energy balls.

Energy Balls Ingredients on a Table

How to Make Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

I love these energy balls because they require no baking, just a food processor. Simple and quick. Toss in a few of your favorite nuts and seeds for more bite, or some rolled oats if you’d like a different texture.

Similar to my Healthy Chewy No Bake Granola Bars this recipe is easily customizable. Start off by gathering together the following ingredients:

  • medjool dates,
  • coconut flour,
  • cocoa powder,
  • peanut butter,
  • coconut oil,
  • vanilla extract,
  • a pinch of salt

together and then throw them into your food processor.

Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls Ingredients and Dough in a Blender

Pulsate until a crumbly mixture is formed which should be able to hold together when you lightly squeeze.

If you find that the mixture is too dry, just add in a bit of water, but no more than three tablespoons.

Let it cool and set in the fridge for 15 minutes.

After allowing the mixture to set use a cookie scoop or your hands to form the dough into balls.

Roll each ball into a dish of cocoa powder until they are evenly coated. And then that’s it! These energy balls are perfect for kids and adults and toddler-approved! Enjoy!

Toddler Hand Picking a Chocolate Energy Ball from a Plate

Cook’s Tips

  • If the mixture is too dry, just add in a bit of water (start with one tablespoon and go up to 3).
  • Store leftover energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Vegan energy balls are perfect to make in larger quantities during meal prep as they can be frozen and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just take them out a few minutes beforehand to defrost, and then enjoy.
  • Do you have a nut allergy? Don’t despair! Try replacing the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter.

Recipe Variations

  • Substitute dried figs or raisins for medjool dates or use both.
  • You can add steel cut oats or nuts for an extra crunch.
  • Replace peanut butter with your favorite nut butter or sunflower seed butter.
  • Feel free to substitute almond flour for coconut flour.

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Vegan Chocolate Peanut Butter Energy Balls

Naturally sweet, loaded with energy, these chocolate peanut butter energy balls are delicious, healthy and perfect for an after-school snack, or whenever you’re needing a bit of a “pick-me-up” to your day. They are the perfect grab and go treat for any busy family.

Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate energy balls, energy balls, peanut butter energy balls, vegan energy balls
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 18 balls
Calories 113kcal
$3

Ingredients

  • 1 cup medjool dates about 12 dates
  • 2/3 cup coconut flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • ½ cup peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder to roll

Instructions

  • Add all the ingredients into a food processor and pulse until they form a crumbly mixture that holds together when lightly squeezed. Add a bit of water (no more than 3 tablespoons) if the mixture is too dry. Let it chill in the fridge for 15 minutes to set.
  • Use a cookie scoop or a tablespoon to portion the dough into balls and roll them with your hands.
  • Roll each ball in cocoa powder until evenly coated. Enjoy!

Notes

Nutrition information is calculated for one energy ball.

Cook’s Tips

  • If the mixture is too dry, just add in a bit of water (start with one tablespoon and go up to 3).
  • Store leftover energy balls in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  • Vegan energy balls are perfect to make in larger quantities during meal prep as they can be frozen and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. Just take them out a few minutes beforehand to defrost, and then enjoy.
  • Do you have a nut allergy? Don’t despair! Try replacing the peanut butter with sunflower seed butter.

Recipe Variations

  • Substitute dried figs or raisins for medjool dates or use both.
  • You can add steel cut oats or nuts for an extra crunch.
  • Replace peanut butter with your favorite nut butter or sunflower seed butter.
  • Feel free to substitute almond flour for coconut flour.

Equipment

cookie scoop
food processor
airtight container

Nutrition

Calories: 113kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 12IU | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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Elena Szeliga is the founder of Happy Kitchen.Rocks, where she shares delicious and healthy vegetarian and vegan food, from weeknight dinners to veganized classics and gourmet appetizers. Her recipes have been featured at Better Homes & Gardens, BuzzFeed, Country Living, The Kitchn and Reader’s Digest. Her mission is to help cook easy vegetarian and vegan meals with simple and fresh ingredients. Read more about Elena.

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