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These brownie batter energy balls are the perfect healthy snack that feel like a treat! Dates, almonds, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips combine to create a portable treat that tastes like dessert.
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We are back for our last meal prep snack recipe in the Cook Once, Eat All Week meal planning series, and this may be our favorite one yet! You all went wild for our salted chocolate peanut butter energy balls a few months back, so we knew we wanted to bring you another healthy energy ball recipe to satisfy your sweet cravings. These brownie batter energy balls totally fit the bill! Made with dates, almonds, cashew butter, cocoa powder, and chocolate chips, these little bites are rich, chocolatey, and totally addictive. They make a great post-workout snack, healthy dessert, and would also be great to tuck into your kid’s lunchbox!
Are energy balls healthy?
Yes! One of the best things about energy balls is that even though they look like cookie dough and have flavors like brownie batter, they’re actually good for you, too. This version is both vegan and Paleo and is naturally sweetened – so there’s really something for everyone! The purpose of an energy ball is to give you an on-the-go snack that can satisfy your hunger and give you a boost of energy. The combination of the healthy fats from the almonds and cashew butter in this recipe and the carbohydrates from the dates help do just that. Also, if you’re looking to avoid traditional sugar, these are a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Healthy Energy Ball Ingredients
Here’s what you’ll need to make these delicious brownie batter energy balls!
- Blanched Almonds – We chose blanched almonds for the base of these energy balls because of their neutral flavor. To make your energy balls, you’ll grind the almonds in the food processor, this will help hold them together.
- Dates – Next, you’ll grind up the dates in your food processor along with the almonds. The dates add sweetness to the recipe and make all of the ingredients stick together!
- Cashew Butter – Cashew butter is another essential ingredient for these bites. We chose cashew butter for its mild flavor, so it won’t interfere with the chocolate flavor, and its richness. However, you can absolutely use any nut butter you’d like here!
- Chocolate – Of course, the brownie flavor isn’t complete without a hefty dose of chocolate! Here we use both cocoa powder and mini dark chocolate chips to make these even tastier.
- Collagen Peptides – While collagen peptides are optional here, they are great for gut and skin health and give these energy balls a great nutritional boost!
How long do energy balls keep?
These energy balls are a great make-ahead snack because they keep so well. You can store them in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or in the freezer for up to 3 months. We hope you love these as much as we do!
- Place the almonds in a food processor and pulse until ground to a sand-like consistency, then add the dates and continue to pulse until they are a similar consistency to the almonds.
- Add the cashew butter, collagen peptides, and cocoa powder and blend until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to thin the mixture if needed.
- Transfer mixture to a large bowl, and add in chocolate chips and salt, and stir to mix well.
- Roll mixture into 1 1/2 inch balls, and place on a parchment lined sheet pan, and refrigerate until firm.
- Store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to two weeks, or in the freezer for up to 3 months!
- We like cashew butter here for its mild taste and rich texture, but almond butter, peanut butter, or sunbutter would also be great options!