Soft and fudgy coconut energy balls made with just 4 ingredients! Made with or without dates, they are the PERFECT fuel between meals!
Whether you are following a whole30 diet or not, you will LOVE these chocolate coconut energy balls.
As someone who has followed the whole30 diet many times, I always get asked ‘what snacks can I have on the whole30 diet’. Like a broken record, I’d always say my whole30 energy balls recipe.
However, I like some variety and needed to add some variety into my whole30 approved snack list.
These healthy chocolate coconut energy balls are my new favorite. They taste like an almond joy or bounty bar, but in bliss ball form! Made with wholesome ingredients, they can be made with or without dates and are naturally sweetened!
The entire recipe takes 5 minutes to make and you only need a high-speed blender or food processor. But seriously, you DON’t need to be following a whole30 diet to enjoy these energy balls. My vegan and paleo (And even non-vegan friends!) love them too!
Coconut Energy Balls Ingredients
To make these chocolate coconut energy bites, you only need 4 ingredients– dates, almonds, shredded coconut and cocoa powder!
I recommend using Medjool dates, as they are naturally softer than traditional dates. This makes it so much easier to blend than standard dates. However, if you don’t have access to them, soak the dates in boiling water for 30 minutes, to soften.
Be sure the shredded coconut you use is unsweetened and finely shredded. You can use shredded coconut that is a larger flaked, but I’d recommend blending those prior to making them easier to be incorporated into the mixture.
Almonds are the best nut to use, as they are mild tasting. You can substitute them with walnuts, cashews or a combination of all of them.
How to make coconut energy balls
- To start, gather your ingredients and be sure your dates are pitted.
- In a high-speed blender or food processor, add all your ingredients, except for the cocoa powder. Pulse until fully combined, scraping regularly down the sides. Add in your cocoa powder and blend again, until fully incorporated.
- You’ll then transfer the dough into a bowl. Using your hands (I recommend wetting them slightly!), form 12-15 balls and roll them in coconut until evenly covered.
- Place the energy balls in the refrigerator until firm.
My energy balls aren’t combining together. What do I do?
Different brands of dates, along with different makes and models of both food processors and high-speed blenders can yield different results.
If your ingredients aren’t fully combining and the texture is difficult to form together, add some liquid before blending again.
Start with 1 tablespoon of water (or unsweetened almond or coconut milk) and blend, adding more if needed. Your batter should easily combine then.
Storing energy balls
These chocolate coconut date balls are great to snack on during the day, however, they aren’t the best stored at room temperature.
They are best to be stored in the fridge, and enjoyed directly from there, or wrapped individually and enjoyed as prepped snacks.
Refrigerated coconut chocolate energy bites will keep for at least a month.
Can you freeze chocolate coconut energy balls?
YES! What I LOVE about all my energy bites and balls recipes are that they are freezer friendly!
Place all the energy balls in a ziplock bag and place them in the freezer. Alternatively, you can individually wrap them in parchment paper and place them in small ziplock bags. Frozen energy balls will keep fresh for at least 6 months.
To thaw them before eating, allow them to sit at room temperature or in the fridge overnight.
Can I make these energy balls keto-friendly and without dates?
Dates aren’t keto-friendly, so I’d recommend you make these chocolate coconut balls or brownie energy balls instead.
More delicious energy balls and bites
- Almond Butter Energy Balls
- Blueberry Muffin Energy Balls
- Gingerbread Energy Balls
- Salted Caramel Energy Balls
- Coconut No Bake Bites
Coconut Energy Balls
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1 1/2 cups unsweetened shredded coconut divided
- 2 cups Medjool dates pitted
- 3 tablespoon cocoa powder
- In a high-speed blender or food processor, combine your almonds, one cup of coconut and dates. Pulse until combined, regularly scraping down the sides. Add your cocoa powder and continue blending until a thick dough remains.
- If the dough is too crumbly, add some liquid (water or milk), one tablespoon at a time, until the batter is thick and smooth.
- Transfer your energy bites dough into a mixing bowl. On a large plate, add the remaining half cup of coconut. Using your hands, form 12 small balls of dough, rolling each one in the coconut until completely covered.
- Place energy balls on a plate and refrigerate for at least an hour, or until firm.
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Delicious 😋 Simple to make. Thank you for sharing👍
I like the chocolate ball it’s so good my parents love it