I have been playing around with this recipe for a while now. It started out as chocolate fudge balls, and then I started getting more adventurous, playing around with different flavor combinations. Chocolate and orange are a magical pair of flavors, and they play especially well together in these date and oat-based energy bites. If your orange isn’t too sweet, you may want to add another date or two.

Chocolate Orange Energy Bites [Vegan]



  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup walnuts
  • 3 tablespoons raw cacao powder
  • 1 tablespoon orange rind
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted


  1. In a high-speed blender, blend the oats, walnuts and cacao until smooth.
  2. Add the orange rind, juice and dates.
  3. Blend while using the tamper to get the dates blended through.
  4. Remove from blender and shape into balls.
  5. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container in the fridge.