Last updated on February 16th, 2019
Coconut Chocolate Energy Balls
I think that if dates ever became an extinct food group my daughter would perish 😀 Okay just kidding. But she does have an obsession with energy balls (these cherry vanilla balls ones being one of her favorites somehow). And it’s not that I love her living life off of dates, it’s just that energy balls are so freaking simple to whip together that I can’t NOT make them! And these coconut chocolate energy balls are actually a favorite of mine too!
It turns out, that two kids under the age of three is rather hectic. Okay more than that, it’s sheer insanity. All. The. Time.
And one of Baby’s Bears favorite activities is well, eating! Seriously, this little bean asks for snacks almost every ten minutes. I’ve heard that some moms struggle with their kids because they forget to eat and forcing them doesn’t work.
Not my kid.
She would spend her whole day with food in front of her if she could!
Which is awesome, I love that she loves food and I know that the food I make is fueling and helps her little mind develop.
Buuutttt… breastfeeding a little baby makes it somewhat difficult to be whipping up snacks every hour on the hour. Actually, breast feeding makes everything crazy- but I did write up a quick post you can use to help at least entertain your toddler while you breastfeed!
So this is kind of how energy balls, especially chocolate energy balls, have become a staple in the house (read more about how and why to make homemade energy balls here)
They’re an easy, no bake recipe option that I keep in the freezer. Fun fact: dates don’t actually freeze all the way so baby bear can just grab a ball out of the freezer and bite in right away. So we literally always have energy balls on hand!
Plus, I feel like I’ve become a freaking expert in cramming as many healthy foods into one small ball as possible.
So enter these healthy coconut chocolate energy balls.
This little snack uses dates as the base, like normal. I don’t have anything against dates it’s just that they’re sugar based. This means you definitely get a burst of energy from them but it’s not stable energy. They do however also have some fiber and magnesium which is nice and for people who aren’t used to them they can be used as a laxative also.
What balances out these particular energy balls is everything else in them!
The walnuts and hemp hearts provide some healthy fats and make the balls LOADED with omega three fatty acids. These fats promote inflammation reduction and are spectacular for boosting brain health.
Have you ever had hemp hearts? They’re a little superfood in themselves. Super digestible, they have a high amount of vitamin E, GLA (which an amazing hormone building block) and they’ve been shown to help with everything from digestion to arthritis and weight loss to heart health.
So I like to sneak them in when I can.
On top of these fatty acids these chocolate energy balls contain oats giving them another fiber boost and some energy regulation. The healthy fats and complex carbs in the balls are what slow the sugar release and give a bit more stability as a snack.
And the chocolate comes from cacao powder (not cocoa powder). What I couldn’t say about this insanely perfect superfood! Read more about the benefits of cacao powder here but know this: it is one of my absolute FAVORITE staples in my diet. And yes, it’s chocolate.
These coconut chocolate energy balls are easy to make, full of chocolate flavor and they make an awesome toddler snack in a pinch. They’re full of energy but also healthy fats and stabilizing ingredients to help prevent a sugar crash. And seriously, they have a chocolate taste so what kid won’t love them!?
Ingredients In The Chocolate Energy Balls
- 1.5 cups pitted Dates, soaked in warm water for twenty minutes
- 2/3 cups chopped Walnuts
- 3 tablespoons cacao powder
- 3 tablespoons Hemp Hearts
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1/4 cup regular Old Fashioned Oats
- 2/3 cups unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Note: all of these health boosting ingredients can be purchased through my favorite retailer Well.ca– and the best part is that they offer free shipping!
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How To Make The Balls
In a blender grind walnuts into almost a 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 and maple syrup. Stir.
Mixture will look wet and sticky. Add in the oats and mix again.
Line a baking tray with parchment paper and place the coconut into a shallow bowl.
Rub some coconut oil on your hands 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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Coconut Chocolate Energy Balls
Chocolate energy balls the perfect toddler snack! They’re an easy, no bake recipe filled with healthy ingredients! They’ll give your kids a mini burst of energy while also providing them with some healthy fats and quality nutrients.