These brownie batter energy bites taste like they belong in a fudge sundae, but they’re filled with healthy fats, protein, fiber and carbs to keep your taste buds and your energy feeling chipper. These raw, grain-free, vegan bites are sure to be a hit in any crowd.
Pretty please don’t roll your eyeballs (lol ball pun) when you see there’s another ball recipe in the healthy food blogosphere. I had zero intention of sharing this recipe because there are already so many amazing balls for you to try without me trying to shove my own balls down your throat…. ok I really need to stop with the ball jokes. But ferrealz, there’s just an over abundance of great “energy bite”/”healthy ball”/”larabar”/”protein bar” recipes that already exist. So why on earth do you need yet another? Allow me to tell you a little story about my balls (I’m so sorry I know I said I would stop).
Sunday evening, as I finished up my food prepping routine, I realized I had some extra time and extra dates (aka the best problem to have) and bonus, my food processor was already out on the counter. I decided to make my Coconut Cookie Dough Bites, but I realized I didn’t have the cashews so I subbed in a mixture of sunflower seeds and almonds. Then, I threw in a mix of cocoa powder and chocolate protein powder (I used VegaOne) because I loved the chocolate flavor from making Davida’s Almond Joy Balls. But I think the real game changer, the thing that makes these little brownie babies so irresistible and quite unbelievably good, is the cashew butter.
Real talk: from a nut butter enthusiast, almond butter is my numero uno, my main squeeze. On it’s own, cashew butter doesn’t hold a flame to a-buttz(my affectionate nickname for almond butter). BUT mixed into desserts, granola, baked goods, yogurt, and BALLS, cashew butter makes everything taste like cookie dough. It’s pretty amazing actually. We might want to start calling it unicorn butter… maybe? Anyway, evidence of cashew butter’s magical properties: My mom made my Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies with cashew butter and reported back amazing results. So here’s a PSA for all nut butter bakers: give the cashews a chance (especially if you’re into cookie dough flavor).
Luckily, I just happen to have an extra unopened jar just waiting to be baked and experimented with. Some lucky friends might be getting cashew butter baked goods care packages in the near future.
- 10 Pitted Dates
- 1 Cup of Sunflower Seeds
- ½ Cup of Slivered Roasted Almonds
- ¾ Cup of Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
- ⅓ Cup of Cashew Butter
- 1 Tbsp of Cocoa Powder
- 1 Scoop of Chocolate Protein Powder
- Place all ingredients into a food processor and blend until dough forms. (If the dough is too try to roll into balls add extra cashew butter)
- Take dough out of processor and roll into 18 small balls.
- Store in fridge or freezer
(Disclaimer: there are affiliate links to products used in this recipe, if you do purchase them I get a small percentage)
- Are you an energy bites/balls fan? (or are you rolling your eyeballs)
- When it comes to nut butters tell me how you feel (as you know I am passionate about this, let’s dish)