These healthy and raw Almond Cocao Energy Bites are a snap to make and require no cooking! A perfect pre- or post-workout snack, portable pick-me-up, or healthy sweet treat.
Happy Meatless Monday! As you know (or maybe you don’t!), I’m an official Meatless Monday Blogger. Every Monday I bring you an accessible, delicious, and healthy meatless dish. There are so many benefits of going meatless, even just once a week.
A lot of people are intimidated to eat meatless or think that it won’t be satisfying or tasty. I promise, eating vegetarian can be both of those things. I myself am not a vegetarian, but I do eat about a 75% vegetarian diet. One of my favorite things is creating delicious, plant-based meals in new and inspired ways!
And, I know, eating meatless isn’t for everyone. My dad, for example. The only vegetables he eats are potatoes and canned green beans. My mom texted me the other day with “Pop said you inspired him with your Meatless Monday. He bought turkey meatballs.”
To which I replied: “…You know turkey is meat, right?”
“I know. But he said it’s the best he can do.” Well, that was definitely the first time my dad bought turkey meatballs instead of beef, so maybe it’s a start?
I think my dad could eat a steak every single day. I don’t know if I’ll ever convert him into doing Meatless Monday. (In his defense, he’s in the Military and he works out all of the time and stays in shape. But the man just does not like vegetables.)
I have a lot of work to go with him. My mom, on the other hand, I’ve definitely converted. She loves kale now and I’m so proud of her.
What are the benefits of going meatless anyway and why do people do it? I’ve explained it a lot in this post, but you know what? Here’s an infographic for you, anyway! (I love making graphics, any excuse to make one is fine by me.)
On Mondays, when I don’t feel like cooking breakfast (or it’s 100+ degrees, like this weekend was!) or am having a particularly busy day, I love making Energy Bites! Have you hopped aboard the Energy Bites crazy train? They’re perfectly portioned little balls o’ goodness which contain tons of protein and fiber to fill you up and provide you with sustainable energy. They’re also super easy to make, super delicious, and super customize-able. They’re the perfect pre- or post-workout snack and great for busy days.
Today I’m bringing you my favorite Raw Almond Cocao Energy Bites, created using my favorite brand of nut butter, Artisana Organics. They create absolutely the most delicious raw and organic nut butters out there. Plus, they make these super convenient on-the-go squeeze packs which I just love. (I’m not being paid to say this. Their raw nut butters are honestly the best out there!)
I used their raw and virgin coconut oil and raw almond butter for this recipe.
You can really customize energy bites with pretty much anything you like. Use almond butter, peanut butter, cashew butter, walnut butter, pecan butter. Use coconut, dates, nuts, dried fruit, protein powders. This is one of my favorite combos because they’re super high in fiber and protein thanks to chia seeds and flax. They’re also crazy chocolate-y due to raw cocao and mini dark chocolate chips. And they’re sweetened with honey (use agave for vegan), so they can really satisfy any sweet craving in a healthy way. I love keeping these and freezer fudge on hand when I’m craving something sweet.
Plus, it couldn’t be more easy. You literally just mix everything in a bowl, roll it into balls, and store them in the fridge. You can also make a large batch of these almond cocao energy bites and keep these in the freezer, thawing them out as you need them!
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And here’s a few things you might need for these Almond Cocao Energy Bites:
Artisana Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil // Artisana Raw Almond Nut Butter // Navitas Naturals Organic Cacao Powder
I hope you enjoy these Raw Almond Cocao Energy Bites! Looking for some other Meatless Monday meals? Just check out the Plant-Based section in the Recipe Index!
Healthy, Raw Almond + Cocao Energy Bites
- Prep Time: 5 mins
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 20-25 1x
- Category: snack, healthy
These healthy and raw Almond and Cocao Energy Bites are a snap to make and require no cooking! A perfect pre- or post-workout snack, portable pick-me-up, or healthy sweet treat.
- 1/2 cup raw almond butter
- 1/4 cup melted coconut oil
- 1/4 cup honey (agave for vegan)
- 1/4 cup ground flax
- 1 cup rolled oats
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1/4 cup raw cocao
- 1/4 cup dark chocolate mini chips
- Generous pinch of sea salt
- In a large bowl, combine the coconut oil, almond butter, and honey. Stir to mix very well.
- Stir or whisk in the cocao and combine until completely mixed with no lumps.
- Add in the flax, oats, chia seeds, and sea salt. Stir (or mix with your hands) until the mixture is combined well. Stir in the chocolate chips.
- If the mixture is too wet to work with, place in the freezer for 5 minutes before rolling.
- Roll the mixture into 1″ energy bites. Place in the freezer until firm, then store in an airtight container in the fridge.*
*Keep in the fridge for a week. Store in the freezer for a month and defrost bites as you need them. These thaw quickly.
- Serving Size: 1 energy bite
- Calories: 70
- Sugar: 3.2g
- Sodium: 1mg
- Fat: 4.5g
- Saturated Fat: 2.2g
- Carbohydrates: 8g
- Fiber: 2.3g
- Protein: 2g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
Can these be made with steel cut oats?
Hi Beth, yes, they can. Use quick steel oats. 🙂
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Do you have the nutritional breakdown and calories per ball. I ate four of these along with carrots and hummus for my dinner and feel guilty. Thanks.
Hi Lucy, I am updating the nutritional content now.
Made a half batch of these. I wish I had made more. I was afraid it wouldn’t be sweet enough so I tasted the batter before I put it in the fridge to firm up… and it never made it to the fridge! So good. Making more tomorrow.
Yay! Thanks for stopping by and letting me know that you liked the recipe! Those little energy bites are quite addicting, I know exactly what you went through lol! So happy to hear you enjoyed them 🙂 Happy New Year! xo
Super easy to make+delicious+Healthy. These will be my new no guilt dessert. Yum!
After borrowing some ground flax from my super friendly neighbor…I decided to give this one a shot! OMG! Obsessed! I substituted butterscotch chips for the mini chocolate chips, and I definitely didn’t get them rolled quite so pretty, but these things are ADDICTIVE! I currently have the pan still sitting in my freezer and have to control myself from going back every 5 minutes to eat another one! (In fact…I just might need to have one before I head to bed….)
I plan to make these again, and this time I’m going to try adding my protein powder as well. Great job on this recipe, Tiffany! Thanks for sharing!!! <3
Thank you for the review, Aligator! I’m so glad you like them! Protein powder is a great addition too, and the butterscotch chips sound dangerously delicious… your super friendly neighbor may need to borrow some of those! 😉
Tracy | Baking Mischief says
Your dad sounds like my dad! I was vegan for a while in college and tried to make him meatless dishes when I would come home for breaks, and he would have none of it!
I love these energy bites. They look so perfect for post-workout snacks and for when chocolate cravings strike in the afternoon.
Haha, what’s up with dads?! Geesh. They’re so difficult! Yes, I love energy bites, too! So helpful to have some two-bite snacks around that are convenient and actually healthy! I love these for when my sweet tooth strikes, too. Thanks, Tracy!
These look fantastic! I will make these and stash them in the fridge so I have something for when I get back home from my hike.
Hi, Ryan! Yes, they’re perfect for hikes and so easy to make! Enjoy!