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Chocolate energy balls rolled in coconut sugar and hemp seeds on a cutting board lined with parchment paper.

Chocolate Energy Balls

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 16
  • Category: Snack
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan


These superfood chocolate energy balls are loaded up with all the good stuff such as chia seeds, hemp seeds and flax so you can snack smart and know you’re giving your body plenty of nutrition. 



  1. Blend Walnuts: Blend the walnuts for a minute or so until they’re broken down into coarse, grainy flour.
  2. Add Remaining Ingredients: Add the rest of the ingredients and blend into a thick, sticky dough you can pinch together between your fingers. If the dough seems too dry to roll into balls, add 1-2 tbsp warm water and process again.
  3. Roll Balls: Use your hands to roll the balls into approximately 16 bite-sized balls. 
  4. Coat Balls & Enjoy: Roll the balls in your choice of coating, if desired. Try coconut sugar, cacao powder, cinnamon, hemp seeds or coconut. Enjoy right away or store in the fridge or freezer.


Dates: It’s important to use soft, moist dates in this recipe. If your dates are overly dry or you’re not sure, soak them in hot water for 15 minutes then drain well before using. If using soaked dates, you can omit the 2 tbsp of water.

Seeds: If you don’t have both chia and hemp seeds available, you can use 4 tbsp of one or the other. If you don’t have ground flax, you can leave it out.

Protein: Hemp protein powder can be substituted with any other protein powder or powdered peanut butter, or replaced with an additional 1 tablespoon of cacao powder.

Coating: I rolled mine in a mixture of coconut sugar and cinnamon for an extra treat, totally optional. You could also roll them in hemp seeds, chia seeds, coconut or cacao powder, or drizzle with melted chocolate. For more of a dessert truffle, coat the balls in melted chocolate and place in the fridge or freezer until hardened.

Storing: Store in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks or freezer (recommended) for up to 3 months. If taking to-go they’re ok up for 1-2 days at room temperature, or longer if kept cool.


  • Serving Size: 1 ball
  • Calories: 132
  • Sugar: 10 g
  • Fat: 8.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 3.5 g

Keywords: superfood balls, chocolate energy balls