These vegan no-bake salted mocha balls are easy to make in minutes with just 7 wholesome ingredients.

Plate of chocolate no-bake energy balls rolled in coconut, one has a bite out of it.

Recipe Features

  • dietary features – vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, no added sugar
  • quick and easy – just 7 ingredients and a few minutes needed
  • coffee lovers – love coffee? how about chocolate and coffee? If you answered yes, then these are for you!

What You’ll Need

Labelled ingredients for making salted mocha no-bake energy bites.
  • cashews – use plain, raw cashews with no added oil or salt
  • dates – any variety works as long as they’re soft and moist, if not, see notes regarding soaking below
  • sea salt – use a good quality sea salt for the best flavour
  • vanilla – optional but nicely enhances the chocolate and coffee flavours!
  • cocoa powder – regular cocoa powder works great or you can use raw cacao powder for extra nutrition-
  • coffee – use any finely ground coffee, just make sure it’s decaf if you’re sensitive to caffeine or plan to enjoy these later in the day or evening
  • chocolate – chopped dark chocolate or dairy-free chocolate chips work

Step by Step Instructions

Step 1. Add everything to a food processor and mix into a thick, sticky dough.

Dates, cashews, cocoa powder, coffee and sea salt in a food processor.
Thick, sticky chocolate dough blended up in a food processor.

Step 2. Add the chocolate and pulse a few times to combine.

Chocolate chips and thick chocolate dough in a food processor.
Chocolate dough with chocolate chips in it blended together in a food processor.

Finally, roll the dough into balls, coating in cocoa or coconut if desired, and enjoy!

Plate of chocolate energy balls, small plate of balls rolled in coconut, food processor container with chocolate dough.

Notes and Tips

  • Cashews: Can be subbed with walnuts or almonds, or any combination of them.
  • Dates: It’s important to use soft, moist dates. If your dates are overly dry, soak in hot water for 15 minutes then drain well before using in the recipe.
Plate full of no-bake chocolate balls coated in cocoa and coconut.

How to Store

  • Fridge: Up to 2 weeks in a sealed container.
  • Freezer: Up to 3 months in a sealed container or freezer-safe bag. Won’t freeze solid but they do get quite hard so best to thaw for 10-15 minutes before enjoying.
  • Room Temperature: If taking to-go, they’re ok out of the fridge for up to a couple of days. Freeze first and keep in a cool place, if possible.

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Plate of chocolate no-bake energy balls rolled in coconut, one has a bite out of it.

No-Bake Salted Mocha Balls

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins
  • Yield: 18 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Food Processor
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan

These no-bake chocolate energy balls, are rich and decadent yet made from just a few wholesome ingredients. Keep a batch in your fridge for whenever you need a sweet treat or just to stay energized throughout the day!


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Ingredients

  • 1 cup raw cashews (150 g)
  • 1 cup packed, soft pitted dates (220 g)
  • 3 tbsp cocoa powder (15 g)
  • 3 tbsp finely ground coffee (14 g)
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped dark chocolate or dairy-free chocolate chips (80 g)

Instructions

  1. Add everything but the chocolate to a food processor and mix into a thick, sticky dough. You should easily be able to press it together between your fingers.
  2. Add the chopped chocolate or chocolate chips and pulse a few times to combine.
  3. Use your hands to roll the dough into 18 balls. It can help to use wet hands if the dough is sticky.
  4. If desired, roll each ball in shredded coconut or cocoa powder.

Notes

Caffeine: Be sure to use decaf if you’re sensitive to caffeine or plan to enjoy these later in the day.

Storage: Up to 2 weeks in a sealed container in the fridge, up to 3 months in a sealed container or freezer-safe bag in the freezer (allow to thaw for 10-15 minutes if enjoying straight from the freezer), up to 2 days at room temperature if taking to-go but freeze first and keep cool, if possible.

Cashews: Can be subbed with walnuts or almonds, or any combination of them.

Dates: It’s important to use soft, moist dates. If your dates are overly dry, soak in hot water for 15 minutes then drain well before using in the recipe.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 102
  • Sugar: 11.1 g
  • Sodium: 66 mg
  • Fat: 4.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15 g
  • Fiber: 1.6 g
  • Protein: 1.9 g

Keywords: mocha bites, mocha balls, mocha energy balls

Update Note: Originally published on September 25, 2015. Updated with new photos and text on August 18, 2020.