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Chocolate Almond Energy Bites in a bowl
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Dark Chocolate Almond Energy Bites

Just four ingredients needed to make these healthy, protein-packed chocolate almond energy bites that taste like cookie dough but have no added sugar. Keep them in the fridge for a quick pick-me-up.
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: dark chocolate, energy bites
Servings: 30
Calories: 60kcal
Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
Cost: $3.00


  • Food Processor


  • 1 cup Raw Cashews or Raw Almonds
  • 8 oz Pitted Medjool Dates (~16 medium dates)
  • 6 Tbsp Cocoa Powder
  • 4 Tbsp Almond Butter (I use Justin’s; see note)

Optional toppings:

  • Mini Chocolate Chips
  • Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • White Sesame Seeds
  • Chocolate Sprinkles


  • Combine cashews / almonds and dates in the bowl of a food processor. Blend until finely ground. All of the pieces should be roughly the size of sesame seeds (or smaller) and evenly mixed.
  • Add cocoa powder and almond butter. Pulse until smooth. The mixture should stick together when you press it between your fingers. (Note: If it seems dry or crumbly, add more almond butter 1 Tbsp at a time. Due to the variations in almond butter and other ingredients, I have had to add up to 4 Tbsp extra to get a smooth, pliable texture.)
  • Roll dough into heaping 1 Tbsp balls. (It helps to work the dough a bit with your hands before rolling it.)
  • For some extra fun, roll them in any of the optional toppings. (If using mini chocolate chips, gently press them into the dough as you roll them.)
  • These are great chilled or room temperature. (They are softer and most cookie-dough-like at room temp.)
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


Any almond butter will work here, but Justin’s works well and doesn’t have any added sugar.
Nutrition information below assumes no additional toppings.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 112mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1mg