Fuel your body with these chocolate energy balls that are packed full of protein, anti-inflammatory fats, and healthy carbs! These no-bake chocolate energy balls are vegan, healthy, refined sugar-free, and easy to make.
The healthy chocolate energy balls with dates are so yummy! They are ultra chewy, soft, naturally sweet, and satisfy the chocolate craving. The combination of healthy carbs, protein, and fats provides long-lasting energy, making them the ultimate healthy snack.
You can enjoy these chocolate protein balls before a workout or hike to keep your energy levels up.
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How to make energy balls
To make these no-bake energy balls, you will need a high-speed blender. Alternatively, you can use a high-quality food processor.
The optimum 9200 blender and Vitamix blender are top of the range blenders for grinding nuts, seeds, and dates to make these raw energy balls.
Start by measuring the oats, hemp seeds, and walnuts into the blender and pulse the blender until you have a flour-like consistency.
Walnuts have an oily texture that can be harder to blend into flour. Combining the walnuts with the oats and hemp seeds to blend creates the perfect homemade flour blend for these chocolate energy balls.
If you over grind the flour, the result will be a smoother, chewy energy ball. For a nuttier texture, blend the flour mixture until it is slightly chunky.
Place the oat, walnut hemp four into a mixing bowl. Blend the dates with the almond milk and vanilla extract into a smooth wet paste to naturally sweeten the chocolate energy balls.
Combine the dates with the flour blend and cacao powder in the mixing bowl and stir using a large spoon to form a thick dough paste. Spoon a round blob into your hand and roll the raw chocolate mixture into energy balls.
This chocolate energy ball recipe will make ten medium-sized bliss balls about 1.5 inches round. You can make your raw energy balls smaller or larger. It’s all about creating the perfect protein ball snack size for you!
Store the chocolate protein balls in the fridge in an airtight container. They should last weeks in the fridge if you don’t eat them right away.
These healthy energy balls are packed full of nutrition and are a great healthy snack for weight loss. They contain zero processed fats and sugar making them diabetic-friendly protein balls.
During my diagnosis with gestational diabetes, I noticed that it was the combination of saturated or processed fats combined with sugar or refined carbohydrates that elevated my blood sugar levels the most.
I ate a store-bought vegan chocolate bar which resulted in one of my highest blood sugar readings. This chocolate bar was full of processed saturated fats (coconut oil) and sugar. The worst combination for causing high blood sugar are saturated fats and processed sugar. Saturated fats, in particular, cause insulin resistance.
I was craving chocolate like crazy, so I decided to make these healthy energy balls with dates, cacao powder, and unprocessed nuts, seeds, and oats. The result: a gestational diabetes-friendly sweet treat that I could enjoy!
These energy balls are nutrient-dense. A little goes a long way, so savor each bite!
Benefits of energy balls
Hemp seeds are full of plant-based protein and essential fatty acids. They are also one of the best superfoods and provide a delicious nutty texture.
Walnuts are one of the best sources of anti-inflammatory omega-three fats that many people are lacking. Omega 3 fats are fantastic for weight loss and brain function. The addition of walnuts makes these chocolate energy balls the perfect brain food.
Raw oats are a healthy whole food carbohydrate that makes the ultimate chewy energy ball when ground into flour.
Raw cacao powder is a superfood in itself, full of antioxidants. It is also rich in magnesium which is the most common nutritional deficiency. No wonder we crave chocolate so often. We need magnesium. If you crave chocolate you are likely lacking in magnesium.
Dates are the perfect way to naturally sweeten these chocolate energy balls. When sugar is found in nature and combined with the fiber, it is released much slower into the body and is way less detrimental.
So hop into the kitchen and make these healthy chocolate energy balls and enjoy them guilt-free. They are healthy! For more healthy treats you may also like this coconut chocolate recipe.
Chocolate Energy Balls
- High speed blender
- Mixing bowl
- 3/4 cup cacao powder
- ½ cup oats
- ½ cup walnuts
- ½ cup hemp seeds
- 1 cup dates
- ¼ cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- Place walnuts, oats and hemp seeds into a high speed blender and blend until you have a flour consistency. Pour into a a mixing bowl and combine with cacoa powder.
- Place dates, almond milk and vanilla extract into the blender and blend into a smooth wet consistency. Add to the mixing bowl with the rest of the ingredients.
- Mix all the ingredietns with a spoon into a dough. Form into round bliss balls using the palm of yoru hand to roll into a ball.
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