These mint chocolate energy balls are a fabulous no bake snack that is packed with protein and NO added sugar! Ready in just 5 minutes, they are low in carbs but keep you completely satisfied! 2 grams net carbs.
Mint Chocolate Energy Bites
When it comes to healthy and wholesome snacks, I love a filling granola bar, fat bombs, and one of these chocolate mint balls.
When the holiday season rolls around, I’m one of those suckers who line up at Starbucks for the seasonal drinks. While I AM a fan of the pumpkin spice latte, my absolute favorite is the peppermint mocha.
Now, I am one of the biggest chocolate and peppermint fans. As a kid, I’d always pick the chocolate mint desserts. Ice cream, candy bars, and even those fancy truffles- It was never a surprise which one I’d have my eyes set on.
I too, love this combination when it comes to my snacks. While I already do enjoy peppermint chocolate protein bars, I wanted to use these flavors in energy balls too!
These chocolate mint bliss balls are satisfying, delicious, and stable at room temperature. The texture is soft and chewy, and the peppermint flavor is pleasant, without being overpowering.
I’ve been snacking on them between meals and have found my sugar cravings continually decrease- In fact, I gave a batch to my sister, and now SHE is hooked too!
Ingredients to make mint energy balls
Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make these mint balls. The amount of cocoa powder is on the lower side, so add more if you’d like an even more pronounced chocolate flavor!
- Almond flour– Use blanched almond flour and not almond meal. Almond meal tends to be heavier and gritty, which can affect the texture of these energy balls.
- Coconut flour– Thickens the balls, but also gives them the cakey texture.
- Cocoa powder– Unsweetened cocoa powder. Use a good quality cocoa powder, for the best chocolate flavor.
- Espresso powder– Optional, but add this if you’d like these to taste like a peppermint mocha.
- Granulated sweetener– Either erythritol or monk fruit sweetener can be used.
- Peppermint extract– Gives the balls the peppermint flavor. Do not go overboard with this, as a little goes a VERY long way.
- Chocolate spread– I used homemade Nutella, but any chocolate spread can be used (like chocolate peanut butter or chocolate almond butter).
- Maple syrup OR keto maple syrup– Gives extra sweetness, but gives the balls the softer center.
- Milk of choice– Enough to form the batter into a smooth dough. I used unsweetened almond milk, but any milk can be used.
How do you make mint chocolate energy balls?
Start by mixing together your dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Add the chocolate spread, syrup, peppermint extract, and mix until a crumbly texture remains. Next, using a tablespoon, slowly add the milk until a thick batter remains.
Now, line a large plate with parchment paper. Using your hands, form small balls, and place them on the plate. Refrigerate the energy balls for at least 30 minutes, to firm up.
Tips to make the best mint bliss balls
- Do not go overboard with the mint extract! A little goes a VERY long way.
- You want your energy ball dough to be thick and smooth. If it’s too crumbly, continue adding milk until the correct texture is achieved.
- For protein mint chocolate balls, add 1-2 scoops of your favorite protein powder to it.
- If you haven’t made any Nutella or want to use something else, use smooth and creamy drippy peanut butter, almond butter, or tahini.
How to store chocolate mint balls
- To store: These energy balls are best stored in the refrigerator and in a sealable container. The mint balls will keep well for up to 1 month.
- To freeze: Place leftover peppermint balls in a ziplock bag and store in the freezer for up to 6 months.
More energy balls to try
Mint Chocolate Energy Balls
- 1 1/2 cups almond flour blanched
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 2 tablespoon cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon espresso powder Optional
- 2 tablespoon Granulated sweetener of choice
- 1/2 teaspoon peppermint extract
- 1/2 cup homemade "Nutella" Can use any nut or seed butter of choice
- 1/4 cup maple syrup * See notes
- 1 tablespoon milk of choice ** See notes
- In a large mixing bowl, combine your flours, espresso powder, cocoa powder, salt and granulated sweetener and set aside.
- In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your nut butter with the sticky sweetener. Whisk in the peppermint extract and pour into the dry mixture. Mix very well until fully incorporated.
- If batter is too thick, add a tablespoon of milk of choice, until a thick batter is formed. If batter is too thin, add a dash more flour until a thick batter is formed. Using your hands, form into bite sized balls and place on a lined plate.
- Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, to firm up.
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I wouldn’t proclaim myself to be a fan of seasonal drinks, but I do love a peppermint mocha as a treat during the holidays. Speaking of peppermint, these bites have my heart. Bites with peppermint equal perfection in my book!
These are soo good- You’d love them!
You always post the best ball recipes!! Can’t wait to try this peppermint mocha combo.
Naw, thanks so much Brittany! 🙂
Out with pumpkin, in with peppermint. I can totally embrace that trend. 🙂 Have you ever had peppermint bark? It’s truly magnificent. Chocolate, white chocolate, peppermint. Mmmm.
omg I am obsessed. I bought it at the airport last year!
I’m surprised there’s only three Starbucks in Melbourne where here in America there’s billions! I don’t go to Starbucks very often–my family lives at Starbucks though!
It’s a good environment 🙂
I tried this recipe and it turned out really good! I have no idea how it compares to the drink, though. Even though I’ve always been a huge coffee fan I have never been to Starbucks! My aunt promised to take me this summer 😉
Ohhhhhh where abouts are you located, Beth? If it’s Australia, you’re not missing out haha!
I live in America. So hopefully I won’t be too disappointed 🙂
Just found yer website and decided to try these out. They are so yum! I give them 5 out of 5 stars! I love the texture and the CHOCOLATE AND THE PEPPERRRRMIIIIIIIINT!! I’ll definitely be making em again!
Viktoriya!!!!! 😀 I’m so glad you enjoted them- Seriously, peppermint takes things to the next level!
I just made these and the butterbeer bites for our campung trip this weekend. So good! For the peppermint mocha bites, I used 4 shots of espresso, because I have an espresso machine and there is no point in buying espresso powder. My mix seemed dry so the extra liquid actually helped and still needed some more milk! I also didnt have a homemade nutella nor did I want to buy any, so I just threw in a tablespoon of cocoa powder with some peanut butter and it worked really well. These are so good! Thanks for the recipes!
Thanks for the feedback, Ashley- I hope there were some Harry Potter fans in the midst 🙂
Sometimes, the coconut flour and/or protein powder makes it difficult to have consistencies, if the brands are different 🙂