While decadent desserts are super tasty, sometimes it’s nice to make nutritious treats that can serve as quick, energy-boosting snacks. These raw chocolate energy balls may look decadent, but they are packed with natural protein from the nuts/seeds, natural carbohydrates from the dates, and antioxidants from the cacao. They are also super simple and fun to make, especially if you choose to roll them in toppings! Enjoy!

Super-Simple, Nutrient-Dense Raw Chocolate Energy Bites [Vegan, Raw, Gluten-Free]

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  • 1 cup raw seeds or nuts of choice (I used sunflower and pumpkin seeds)
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao or cocoa powder (see note)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup medjool dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1-3 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup cacao nibs or chocolate chips (see note)
  • cacao powder or unsweetened shredded coconut, optional for coating


  1. Place seeds/nuts in a food processor, and process until finely ground. Pulse in cacao, vanilla, and salt.
  2. Add in the chopped dates and water, 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough comes together nicely. Process until all ingredients are distributed evenly (you may need to stop a few times and scrape down the sides and separate the dough if it forms a ball).
  3. Pulse in the cacao nibs or chips.
  4. Roll pieces of the dough into small, tablespoon-sized balls. You may roll them in the cacao powder, shredded coconut, or any other toppings of choice.
  5. Place your energy bites in a container in the refrigerator or freezer for at least 30 minutes, then serve!


You may store these energy bites in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days! If you are using regular cocoa powder and chocolate chips, these energy bites will not be raw, but they will still be delicious (of course).

Nutritional Information

Total Calories: 2132 | Total Carbs: 195 g | Total Fat: 117 g | Total Protein: 93 g | Total Sodium: 61 g | Total Sugar: 132 g (Per Serving) Calories: 133 | Carbs: 12 g | Fat: 7 g | Protein: 6 g | Sodium: 4 g | Sugar: 8 g Note: The information shown is based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.


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