Chocolate Coconut Energy Balls - No-Bake, 8 Ingredients, Gluten-Free
An easy, no-bake snack recipe for kids. These chocolate coconut energy balls provide all the energy and nutrients. With only eight ingredients, the chocolate coconut energy balls come together quickly and are the perfect snack recipe to keep on hand. Loaded with healthy fats in a sweet, soft, and filling ball form.
Energy balls have become a staple in my house (learn more about how and why to make homemade energy balls). Having a stash in the freezer made grabbing a snack to entertain my two-year-old that much easier.
In addition, these chocolate coconut energy balls made a pretty fueling breastfeeding snack too. They're loaded with healthy fats, energy and a chocolate flavor moms love 😉
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Ingredients In The Balls
The ingredients in these chocolate coconut energy bites have one goal: fuel. While the dates provide a source of energy (sugar) and keep them sweet, the fats in chocolate coconut energy balls help to stabilize the sugar rush.
Likewise, because there are so many healthy fats in the no-bake energy balls, there is also a lot of omega threes. Omega-three fatty acids help fight inflammation and boost brain development, specifically in kids.
Lastly, these chocolate energy balls contain collagen powder.
Collagen is a beneficial part of bone broth and wonderful for your hair, skin, and nails. Learn more about collagen and why you may want to boost your intake. However, unlike bone broth, it doesn’t taste like well, bone broth.
Similarly, collagen powder is odorless and flavorless. Plus, if ethically sourced one of the purest forms of protein you can give to your kids! I grab my collagen from Perfect Supplements and while I love their big tub of powder, I love the individual packets even more!
I find collagen the easiest way to boost protein in smoothies, vegan yogurts, oatmeal, or any other dish. It blends and mixes well and there’s zero flavors to it. Plus, Perfect Supplements sources their collagen from pasture-raised (grass-fed) cows. So, I trust it.
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How To Store Them
The coconut energy bites can be stored in the fridge or the freezer. Personally, I store our energy balls in the freezer because dates don't freeze solid. This means that I can grab them right out of the freezer to eat. And since they last longer in the freezer it only makes sense.
I keep them in the fridge for around seven days but in the freezer for a couple of months.
Can They Be Made Nut Free?
This is a struggle that we have at home also. Schools in Canada don't allow nuts and so I find myself making two batches of everything: one for school and one for home. Since nuts are such an amazing source of nutrients, I definitely don't want to omit them from our diets!
You can make these chocolate coconut energy balls nut-free. Simply substitute the almonds in the recipe for pumpkin seeds.
Substitutes & Tips For The Recipe
I know many of the time people get put off making simple snacks like this because they don't have the ingredients mentioned or they're not sure of them. So I'm trying my best to give them more substitutions.
You can make these chocolate coconut energy bites vegan by eliminating the collagen powder. It's not crucial to the recipe. However, I obviously find it extremely beneficial. That said, from the nuts and seeds these chocolate coconut energy balls have lots of plant-based protein. Though, if eliminating the collagen, I would add an extra 1-2 tablespoons of oats to the recipe to help it all bind.
Otherwise, they'll be extra sticky. Still delicious, just sticky.
What about chocolate? Cacao powder is chocolate in its purest form. I use it because it is minimally processed but also because there are so many benefits to cacao powder (like calcium, iron, etc). I can't recommend it enough (plus, who doesn't want to make more things chocolate?!).
However, if you don't have it on hand, cocoa powder works in its place. Cocoa powder is slightly sweeter than cacao because it's a bit more processed but it will still make the energy bites chocolate!
Lastly, save yourself the time if you need it and don't roll the balls. While the chocolate coconut energy balls look cute rolled into the coconut (like snowballs!), it is an extra step. if you're short on time simply mix the coconut into the energy ball mixture instead.
- 1.5 cups pitted Dates, soaked in warm water for twenty minutes
- ⅔ cups chopped Walnuts
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons Hemp Hearts
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- ¼ cup regular Old Fashioned Oats
- ⅔ cups unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- ⅛ cup Perfect Supplements Collagen Powder
Note: all of these health boosting ingredients can be found in my Pantry Staples!
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How To Make The Balls
In a blender grind walnuts into almost flour. Leave a tiny bit for texture. Add in the dates and process/blend until combined and smooth. You may need to stop and scrape down the sides or use a tamper.
Scrape the mixture into a bowl and add in the cacao, hemp hearts, collagen powder, and maple syrup. Stir.
The mixture will look wet and sticky. Add in the oats and half of the coconut and mix again.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the coconut into a shallow bowl.
Wet your hands with water to prevent sticking and portion the mixture into balls rubbing each ball into the coconut until coated and placing it on the parchment paper.
Place the balls in the freezer for thirty minutes to set.
Makes 15-17 balls.
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Chocolate coconut energy balls the perfect toddler snack! They're an easy, no-bake recipe filled with healthy ingredients. Likewise, they'll give your kids a mini burst of energy while also providing them with some healthy fats and quality nutrients.